Certificate in IT User Skills Level 1 (CLAiT) – IT Skills for Work and Business


Enrolment Requirements

This course is suitable for learners who have done an introductory course or for anyone with basic experience of using a computer at home or at work. Knowledge of how to use a mouse and keyboard, open a program and save a file is essential. Please note that this course uses Windows 7 operating system and Office 2007.

What will I learn on this course?

    To achieve the full certificate, you will need to obtain 13 credits. This must include Improving Productivity Using IT (three credits) plus any combination of the units listed below. The optional units allow you to develop skills in a range of different IT applications that are useful to you both in the workplace and on your personal computer. The optional units are:
     Database Software (3 credits) – Use Access to open a database, create new records,
    delete records, amend data, and create queries and reports
     Desktop Publishing (3 credits) – Use desktop publishing to create and print a simple
    publication consisting of two or three columns of text and pictures
     Presentation Software (3 credits) – An introduction to creating presentations using
    Microsoft PowerPoint. You will create a slideshow presentation containing text and
    images and learn how to use time-saving styles so that you become more efficient
     Spreadsheet Software (3 credits) – Use formulae to calculate totals and averages,
    subtract, multiply and divide; learn how to create bar, line and pie charts from your data
     Word-Processing Software (3 credits) – Create new typed documents and amend
    existing documents. You will format documents using various font styles and sizes, use
    indents and spacing options, and insert tables. You will also learn the basics of file
    management, including creating folders, renaming them, and copying and moving files
     Using the Internet and E-mail (5 credits) – Use the internet to locate information and
    images; save images from websites; and set up an e-mail account to send and receive
    messages and attachments.
    You will learn through demonstrations given by the tutor and by working on practical tasks.

Assessment and Awarding Body: OCR

OCR assignments are used to assess you for the ITQ qualification, and are completed during your normal class time. Assessment will take place upon completion of each unit. You will be allowed to refer to your notes and help sheets throughout the assessment.


It is a requirement that you attend at least 80% of the course in order to gain the qualification. Please think carefully before enrolling on this course if you have work commitments that may interfere with this attendance.

What else do I need to know?

You will need a memory stick, to enable you to complete work at home, and a pen and paper. It is essential that you complete some study at home every week in order to be successful with this course.

What could I do next?

CLAiT will equip you with the basic skills necessary to meet the demands of the modern workplace, and will prepare you for progression to a Level 2 course such as Functional Skills ICT Level 2 or CLAiT Plus. Please ask your tutor for further details.

Course Start Date(s)

Various - please see prospectus for further details.

Course Length

Course length varies in length between 20 weeks and 35 weeks depending on the level of your ability.

Course Price

Full Fee

Discounted Fee

Full Concession

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