Certificate in ITQ Social Software at QCF level 1

Certificate in ITQ Social Software at QCF level 1

The ITQ Social Software suite of qualifications provides a simplified, flexible framework for recognising achievement in Social Software skills.  The framework provides qualifications at QCF Levels 1, 2 and 3, thus allowing a seamless progression path for learners.

The aim of the SQA Level 1 Certificate in ITQ Social Software is to provide a qualification, which introduces learners to the development and use of social software and to address a demand for provision of an introductory qualification into the use of social software, and which emphasises the importance of safe use of the internet.

The qualification at QCF Level 1 is designed for learners with limited experience in the use of social software.  The units will provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding, as well as practical experience to enable learners to progress in further education or into the world of work.

The qualification provides learners with knowledge and skills to work confidently in the area of social software and deals with tasks that are straightforward and/or routine.  A learner will be able to operate social/collaborative software and hardware with confidence in the areas s/he chooses to study.

Widely available in England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Why deliver this qualification

  • Qualifications are employer-led.
  • Virtually all occupations need to use Social Software systems.
  • Competence based skills.

Benefits for centre

  • Digital Unit checklists suitable for upload to e-portfolio systems.
  • May be delivered at any location.
  • Variety of delivery modes.
  • Online manned forum for practitioners.
  • Digital portfolio endorsement service by SQA.
  • Digital portfolio requirements checklist produced by SQA.
  • Centres able to tailor training to job roles and the use of specific systems and software.

Benefits for candidate

  • Portfolio building.
  • Learning competence based skills to enter the work place.
  • Learners progress at their own rate.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners, and is particularly appropriate for young people who wish to gain knowledge of communications, social/collaborative software and hardware.  It is also suitable for mature learners as an entry to the world of work.


No previous knowledge of computers is required. Learners are likely to have very basic IT knowledge, perhaps at Entry 3 level.


Learners may wish to enhance their skills by progressing to SQA Level 2 Certificate In ITQ Social Software (QCF).  Learners will find their employment opportunities enhanced and may also benefit from online services.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

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

Qualification content and delivery tools


Group Award code: QCF 600/5666/6.  SQA (SCQF) GG1N 55

Certificate in ITQ Social Software at QCF level 1 consists of 5 mandatory Units (14 QCF credit points)

Detailed information on the structure of the qualifications is available in the e.skills UK Sector Skills Council for Business and Information document: ITQ Qualification Structure England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Useful Link

e-skills uk