ITQ

ITQ

The new flexible IT qualification is designed to give individuals and businesses the IT skills to succeed. It is aimed at anyone who uses IT in their job.  Whether you use your computer for just a few minutes a day or all day everyday, ITQ can help you to do your job more efficiently and clear you of any frustrations you may have when using your computer.

It has the additional advantage of being benchmarked to national standards and is sponsored by the Government, so it will be nationally recognized and really mean something to you and your employers.  It will also add value to your CV, meaning you get recognized not just now but in the future.

Structure
All OCR and BCS (QCF) qualifications now carry a credit value for each module; the table below shows the minimum credit values required to achieve an ITQ qualification:

TitleLevel

Minimum
credit value
required 

Which courses can be used
towards this qualification?
ITQ Award

QCF* Level 1

9

Clait Modules, ECDL Essentials
ITQ Certificate

QCF Level 2

16

ECDL or ECDL Extra modules, Clait & Clait Plus modules **
ITQ Certificate

QCF Level 3

25

ECDL modules, ECDL Advanced modules, Clait & Clait Plus modules***

*QCF = Qualifications Credit Framework
The QCF is the new way of recognising achievement; through the award of credit for units and qualifications across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It provides more flexible routes to gaining full qualifications and enables progression to be achieved in smaller steps through the accumulation of credit. All vocational qualifications will fall under one set of regulatory arrangements and new standardised titles will make it easier to understand and compare units and qualifications.

 ** must include ‘Improving Productivity Using IT’ module at Level 2 - this is a mandatory unit and is required to gain an ITQ Certificate at Level 2. This unit demonstrates that Learners can apply their relevant skills and knowledge to develop a specified outcome, product or solution; this unit carries 4 credits at Level 2.

***must include ‘Improving Productivity Using IT’ module at Level 3 - this is a mandatory unit and is required to gain an ITQ Certificate at Level 3. This unit demonstrates that Learners can apply their relevant skills and knowledge to develop a specified outcome, product or solution; this unit carries 5 credits at Level 3.

Credit Values
The table below provides credit values of courses offered at IT Training & Support- these are known as Optional units:

Clait Modules Level 1

 Credit
Value

File Management & e-Doc Production
Creating Spreadsheets & Graphs
Database Manipulation
Create an e-Presentation
Web Page Creation
e-Publication Creation
Online Communication
e-Image Creation

3
3
3
3
3
3
5
3

 Clait Plus Modules Level 2

 Credit
Value

Integrated e-Document Production
Manipulating Spreadsheets & Graphs
Creating & Using a Database
Designing an e-Presentation
e-Publication Design
Electronic Communication
e-Image Manipulation

4
4
4
4
4
3
4

 ECDL Modules Level 1

Credit
Value

IT Security for Users
IT User Fundamentals
Online Essentials - Using Email & Internet

1
3
5

 ECDL Modules Level 2

 Credit
Value

Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Presentations
Database

4
4
4
4

 ECDL Advanced Modules Level 3

Credit
Value

Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Presentations
Database

6
6
6
6

How do I achieve an ITQ certificate?
Learners now have the ability to select a formula of units/credits that suit their individual needs. The credits used towards the qualification can be a combination at various levels but must follow the rules of combination below:

 Level 1 AwardLevel 2 CertificateLevel 3 Certificate
Minimum
Credit Value

9

13

25

Mandatory
Unit

N/A

Improving Productivity
Using IT (4 Credits)

Improving Productivity
Using IT (5 Credits)

Optional
Units

Minimum 6 Credits
at Level 1

9 Credits or more
Minimum 5 Credits at Level 2
or above

20 Credits or more
Minimum 10 Credits at Level 3

 

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