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Digital Skills Development Level 1 : BTEC Certificate for IT Users

BTEC Level 1 Diploma

An ideal course if you are interested in working in an IT related field such as office work, but need to develop your skills and understanding of employment opportunities. You will learn about the types of jobs that are available, who you might work for and what working will be like.

The course involves learning to use a computer for business activities, developing an understanding of how computers work and how to use the internet. It will also develop personal finance management. The course combines the delivery of IT skills with employability skills.


Teaching is delivered in a formal class setting using a range of methods including lectures, practical exercises, project work, tutorials and group work. You may be required to undertake a work placement.

Course Leader profile

Anne Hemingway

"After studying at The University of Nottingham, I worked in a variety of roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Before committing to a full-time teaching role, for many years, I combined a job in industry with a part-time teaching role in FE (Bradford College, the former Dewsbury Technical College and finally at Calderdale College).  This allowed me to bring my experience of current workplace practice to the classroom. 

As the Course Leader of the Foundation Tier of ICT for several years, I have aimed to provide a stimulating, supportive and enjoyable environment in which learners can achieve a nationally-recognised qualification in a skills-set which is relevant to any modern working environment." 

Entry Requirements

An introductory course suitable for beginners. School leavers should aim for at least 4 GCSEs at grade G or grade 1 including Maths and English.

Interview Process

An interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

This course is assessed entirely through coursework. This coursework is internally set and marked. It is then externally verified by the examining body.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This course can lead to employment within the IT and Business Administration sector as well as progression onto: BTEC Diploma for Information and Creative Technology Practitioners or BTEC Diploma in Retail or BTEC Diploma in Business.

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12.5 hours per week (36 weeks)
  • Days: Mon-Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course Fees: Free for students aged 16 - 18 years. £660 for 19 + The fee quoted is for guidance only and will be confirmed at enrolment In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 1 Certificate for IT Users & WorkSkills
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel

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