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.
StructureAll 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:
QCF* Level 1
QCF Level 2
QCF Level 3
*QCF = Qualifications Credit FrameworkThe 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 ValuesThe table below provides credit values of courses offered at IT Training & Support- these are known as Optional units:
File Management & e-Doc ProductionCreating Spreadsheets & GraphsDatabase ManipulationCreate an e-PresentationWeb Page Creatione-Publication CreationOnline Communicatione-Image Creation
Clait Plus Modules Level 2
Integrated e-Document ProductionManipulating Spreadsheets & GraphsCreating & Using a DatabaseDesigning an e-Presentatione-Publication DesignElectronic Communicatione-Image Manipulation
ECDL Modules Level 1
IT Security for UsersIT User FundamentalsOnline Essentials - Using Email & Internet
ECDL Modules Level 2
ECDL Advanced Modules Level 3
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:
Improving ProductivityUsing IT (4 Credits)
Improving ProductivityUsing IT (5 Credits)
Minimum 6 Credits at Level 1
9 Credits or moreMinimum 5 Credits at Level 2or above
20 Credits or moreMinimum 10 Credits at Level 3
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