Essential IT

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Most employers now expect their staff to have knowledge in IT. This course will give you a nationally recognised qualification, designed to demonstrate to employers that you have a level of fundamental IT skills that can be used in a wide variety of jobs. You will learn practical skills which you can apply in many real life situations.

This course offers a more in-depth level of study than our other courses and may take a number of months to complete, depending on the amount of time you are able to dedicate to your learning.

To complete this course you should have some previous experience of using computers

You can start this course at any time.

On successful completion of this course you will achieve Functional Skills IT at either level 1 or level 2, depending on your level of study.

You will cover subjects such as:

IT Theory - the basics of hardware and software, storage of information, IT and online security
Using the internet - search engines, obtaining information
Using email - the creation of professional looking emails
Microsoft Word - creation of letters, posters and flyers, inserting images and tables
Microsoft Excel - formatting and editing of spreadsheets, calculation formulas and use of IF formulas, creation of bar/line charts, sorting and filtering information
Microsoft PowerPoint - creation of presentations, inserting images and adding designs/animations

This course uses a combination of taught delivery, online learning in your own time and 1–1 support from our tutors to ensure the programme is flexible to you individual needs.


To find out the start date for the next Introduction to Digital Marketing course, see our list of upcoming free short courses by clicking here.

Please arrange to speak to one of our guidance advisers for more information about this course and to discuss your personal career plan.

Call Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email