Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies (ICT)


  • 16-18


Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

This is a practical course covering the use of application software and practical skills in using ICT.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Units will include:

  • Improving productivity using IT
  • IT user fundamentals
  • Setting up an IT system
  • Optimise IT system performance
  • Security for IT users
  • IT communication fundamentals
  • Using the Internet
  • Using email
  • Using collaborative technologies
  • Using mobile IT devices
  • Personal information management software
  • IT software fundamentals
  • Audio software
  • Video software
  • Bespoke software
  • Specialist software
  • Computer accounting software
  • Data management software
  • Database software
  • Design software
  • Imaging software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Drawing and planning software
  • Multimedia software
  • Presentation software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Website software
  • Word processing software

You will also have classes in mathematics and English. You will have a personal tutor who will provide help with personal development and careers advice.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The Level 1 certificate can start to prepare you for a career which uses IT. You can progress on to a Level 2 course such as BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT. You will also obtain additional qualifications in mathematics and in English.

How will I learn?

Through assignments, own study, videos, guest speakers, practical work, theory work carried out over the period of the course. Specific units are deisgned to meet the needs of students at the appropriate level.

How will I be assessed?

All units are coursework based.

Equipment and other costs

No costs for equipment although students will be expected to provide their own folders and pens etc.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies (ICT)

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Level 2

Is there additional work required by the student?

Students are expected to study for 16 hours per week, normally across 3 days - there is an expectation that students will do an additional number of self study hours.

Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

All applicants will take a language and numeracy assessment and will be interviewed. You may also be given an IT test.

If you are aged 19+ and you are interested in this course please see our ESOL & EFL provision.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

Entry 3

Mathematics level

Entry 3


Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here