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Develop your IT Skills - Level 2 Pathway

Course Code:AT1053F

Spaces:6 spaces left

Centre:Dolphin Centre

A more in depth 24-week course covering the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint providing solid knowledge and skills.

What the course is about

This course will enable you to learn new or develop existing ICT skills, develop your understanding of the use of ICT both at home and in the workplace. Using Microsoft software you will develop skills including the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This course will run for 24 weeks.

Dependent on the level you are working at, you will develop new skills in some of the following areas: presentation software, using email, word processing software, using the internet, spreadsheet software.

You will also use a variety of learning activities which will be include tutor demonstration, individual and group exercise, discussion, practical demonstration and work-based scenarios. You will also work through activity sheets and other resources, designed to support the development of skills in each of the areas and prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your newly gained skills.

You will develop a personal learning plan with your tutor, based on the results of an initial assessment of your current skills, which will allow you to work towards the level most suitable for you. As a result, there will be a mix of full class teaching, and periods of individual activity as learners in the class work on their own areas of need.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills.

If you have chosen to study this course online then you will need to have: a PC or laptop (a smart phone or tablet is not sufficient) reliable internet access, a camera and microphone.

Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas.To support this, you may undertake some e-learning modules, where appropriate, as homework.

Pre-course information session or interview

You will be required to participate in an Admission Session to attend this course. Please go to to apply online.

For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

There is no qualification for this course.

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop; this will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

You do not need any previous qualification in ICT to take this course , but you do need to be confident with using a mouse and keyboard and have experience of using Microsoft Office software.

Outside the class you will need access to a computer with Microsoft Office and an internet connection. The library has computers that can be booked if you do not have access to one at home.

Courses will be run on computers with Windows 10 as the operating system and Office (365) software.

You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service

We have a variety of IT qualification courses available and you may be uncertain about the differences between these. This course does not have any exams and you produce work on a weekly basis that shows you are learning new skills. Your tutor will mark your work and provide feedback to you so you can see your progression.

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study.

Knowledge of English language at Level 1 is required for this course. If English is not your first language you may need to provide proof of an English language qualification or complete a Skills Check prior to enrolment.

Materials and costs

To gain full benefit from the course you will require access to a PC, and the internet, to practice in between classes.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Please note anything provided is on loan to you and must be returned at the end of the course.

If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement.

For information regarding any funding for this course please refer to the Finance page on our website call us on 01202 123444 or more information.

Next Step

Skills and Learning offer a variety of other IT courses and progression opportunities, please speak to Customer Services or your tutor for more information. This includes Essential Digital Skills, ICDL at Level 2 and 3 and Level 2 courses in Understanding Coding and Cyber Security.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work.

There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year.

Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.

Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes.

Please visit our website more details.

Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses.General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start Date7 May 2024

LocationThe Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ


Time18:00 - 21:00

Duration24 weeks

SubjectComputing and Digital Skills


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £225. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


How do I enrol?

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