QCF Awards, Certificates and Diplomas For IT User Skills

QCF Awards, Certificates and Diplomas For IT User Skills

The IT User Skills Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at QCF levels 1, 2 and 3 are flexible competence based qualifications.

The IT User Skills Award, Certificate and Diploma at QCF level 1 provide learners, who have limited experience in IT, with the practical experience and the underpinning knowledge and understanding to confidently operate IT software and hardware in their chosen area of study.

The IT User Skills Award, Certificate and Diploma at QCF level 2 provide learners, who have some experience in Information Technology (IT), with the knowledge and skills to operate IT software and hardware and to confidently approach more challenging tasks in their chosen area of study.

The IT User Award, Certificate and Diploma at QCF level 3 provide capable learners, who already possess skills and experience in Information Technology (IT), the opportunity to undertake tasks which will further develop knowledge and the ability to complete complex tasks with considerable autonomy.

Qualification title Ofqual code SQA code
SQA level 1 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2799/X GD4W 58
SQA Level 1 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2800/2 GD4X 55
SQA Level 1 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2801/4 GD4Y 82
SQA Level 2 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2802/6 GD8E 62
SQA Level 2 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2804/X GD8P 54
SQA Level 2 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2803/8 GD8N 60
SQA Level 3 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2816/6 GD8F 69
SQA Level 3 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2817/8 GD8R 70
SQA Level 3 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF) 600/2798/8 GE1A 57

Who does this qualification suit

These qualifications are suitable for a wide range of learners who wish to further their knowledge of communications, IT software and hardware including:

  • young people
  • adult returners to work
  • employees who wish to enhance their employment and progression opportunities

Progression

These qualifications provide a seamless and flexible progression pathway through the levels 1, 2 and 3. Learners can also progress to further education.

Approval

Information regarding the centre approval process is available from SQA's Business Development team.

How to assess

  • E-assessment by digital portfolio.
  • Paper-based assessment
  • Work place assessment

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

The structure of the qualifications suits various modes of delivery — including teacher-centred, student centred, e-learning or work-based approaches.

Structure of SQA Level 1 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 9 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 60 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 1 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 13 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 90 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 1 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 37credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 245 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 2 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 10 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 70 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 2 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 16 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 110 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 2 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 38 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 260 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 3 Award For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 12 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 80 guided learning hours.

Structure of SQA Level 3 Certificate For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 25 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 180 guided learning hours

Structure of SQA Level 3 Diploma For IT User Skills (ICT) (QCF)

Learners must complete a minimum of 39 credits.

On completion learners will have achieved a minimum of 270 guided learning hours

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. No previous knowledge of computers is required for level 1 but some experience is beneficial for learners at level 2 and 3.

Portfolio Checklist

(ITQ) Level 1

Unit title Ofqual Code SQA Code
 Audio Software K/502/4389 (50 KB) FV5M 82
 Bespoke Software A/502/4395 (42 KB) FV5R 82
 Computerised Accounting Software F/502/4401 (50 KB) FV5W 82
 Drawing and Planning Software J/502/4609 (50 KB) FV6C 82
 Design Software M/502/4572 (47 KB) FV6G 82
Desktop Publishing Software Y/502/4565 (52 KB) FV6N 82
Using Mobile IT Devices H/502/4374 (60 KB) FV7N 82
Multimedia Software Y/502/4615 (58 KB) FV7R 82
Optimise IT System Performance D/502/4244 (52 KB) FV7W 82
IT Software Fundamentals L/502/4384 (50 KB) FV8C 82
Set Up and IT System Y/502/4209 (55 KB) FV8G 82
Specialist Software L/502/4398 (42 KB) FV8K 82
Spreadsheet Software A/502/4624 (50 KB) FV8P 82
IT User Fundamentals J/502/4206 (56 KB) FV8W 82
Using a Computer Keyboard J/502/9311 (40 KB) FV8Y 82
IT Communication Fundamentals Y/502/4291 (46 KB) FV60 82
Database Software H/502/4553 (45 KB) FV65 82
Data Management Software F/502/4558 (44 KB) FV68 82
Imaging Software J/502/4612 (47 KB) FV77 82
Personal Information Management Software Y/5024369 (54 KB) FV80 82
Project Managment Software K/502/4618 (54 KB) FV82 82
Presentation Software K/502/4621 (51 KB) FV86 82
Video Software K/502/4392 (50 KB) FV90 82
Word Processing Software L/502/4627 (50 KB) FV95 82
Website Software Portfolio L/502/4630 (52 KB) FV98 82
IT Security for Users R/502/4256 (40 KB) FW0G 82

 (ITQ) Level 2

Unit title Ofqual Code SQA Code
Audio Software D/502/4390 (50 KB) FV5N 60
Bespoke Software F/502/4396 (47 KB) FV5T 60
Computerised Accounting Software J/502/4402 (53 KB) FV5X 60
Drawing and Planning Software A/502/4610 (50 KB) FV6D 60
Design Software T/502/4573 (50 KB) FV6H 60
Desktop Publishing Software D/502/4566 (55 KB) FV6P 60
IT Security for Users Y/502/4257 (40 KB) FV7K 60
Using Mobile IT Devices K/502/4375 (66 KB) FV7P 60
Multimedia Software D/502/4616 (60 KB) FV7T 60
Optimise IT Performance H/502/4245 (68 KB) FV7X 60
IT Software Fundamentals R/502/4385 (50 KB) FV8F 60
Set Up an IT System L/502/4210 (60 KB) FV8H 60
Specialist Software R/502/4399 (47 KB) FV8L 60
Spreadsheet Software F/502/4625 (52 KB) FV8R 60
IT User Fundamentals L/502/4207 (57 KB) FV8X 60
IT Communication Fundamentals D/502/4292 (52 KB) FV61 60
Database Software M/502/4555 (52 KB) FV66 60
Data Management Software J/502/4559 (52 KB) FV69 60
Using Email M/502/4300 (49 KB) FV71 60
Imaging Software L/502/4613 (50 KB) FV78 60
Personal Information Management Software L/502/4370 (63 KB) FV81 60
Project Management Software M/502/4619 (63 KB) FV83 60
Presentation Software M/502/4622 (60 KB) FV87 60
Video Software M/502/4393 (52 KB) FV91 60
Word Processing Software R/502/4628 (56 KB) FV96 60

 (ITQ) Level 3

Unit title Ofqual Code SQA Code
Bespoke Software J/502/4397 (48 KB) FV5V 57
Computerised Accounting Software L/502/4403 (58 KB) FV5Y 57
Data Management Software A/502/4560 (50 KB) FV6A 57
Drawing and Planning Software F/502/4611 (52 KB) FV6E 57
Design Software A/502/4574 (50 KB) FV6J 57
Desktop Publishing Software H/502/4567 (56 KB) FV6V 57
IT Security for Users D/502/4258 (40 KB) FV7L 57
Multimedia Software H/502/4617 (60 KB) FV7V 57
Optimise IT System Performance K/502/4246 (73 KB) FV7Y 57
Set Up an IT System R/502/4211 (63 KB) FV8J 57
Specialist Software A/502/4400 (48 KB) FV8M 57
Spreadsheet Software J/502/4626 (54 KB) FV8T 57
Database Software T/502/4556 (52 KB) FV67 57
Using Email T/502/4301 (50 KB) FV72 57
Imaging Software R/502/4614 (50 KB) FV79 57
Project Management Software H/502/4620 (64 KB) FV84 57
Presentation Software T/502/4623 (58 KB) FV88 57
Word Processing Software Y/502/4629 (60 KB) FV97 57