• Foundation Certificate

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Main aims of the Unit

This unit examines all the key areas of ICT and describes in detail the role of ICT in modern societies and within commercial and non-commercial organisations. The unit also explains the practical methods and techniques that can be used in order to understand and utilise information technology for communication purposes

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the elements and value of Information Communication Technologies
  • Recommend methods and techniques that can be used to improve communications
  • Appreciate the importance of information technology
  • Analyse and select appropriate methods and techniques used to improve communications and presentations

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE’s / GCE`O’ levels or equivalent qualification, or,
  • A recognised Freshman or Access Certificate
  • Certificate award deemed to be equivalent to the above qualifications
  • All learners must be 17 years and above and they must have completed a minimum of 10 years of school education
  • A 5.5 score or above of an approved English Language Test or recognised school or college English Language Placement Test

Main Topics of Study

  • Security, passwords and viruses
  • Software (Programs)
  • Windows, icons and buttons
  • Microsoft Office features and shortcuts
  • Using storage devices safely
  • Managing files and folders
  • Changing settings
  • Minimizing physical stress
  • Searching the internet
  • Selecting the right information
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Contact lists. Organising the inbox
  • Using and writing emails
  • Formatting text
  • Formatting documents
  • Tables
  • Mail merge
  • Graphics
  • Word processing tasks
  • Entering and editing data
  • Formatting spreadsheets
  • Formulas and functions
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Types of charts and graphs
  • Bar or column charts
  • Line graphs and scatter graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Understanding presentation requirements
  • Editing slides
  • Database basics
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Queries and reports

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Functional Skills ICT-Entry Level 3 by CGP Books

Alternative Text and further reading

KS3 ICT-The Study Guide by CGP Books
GCSE ICT Revision Guide by CGP Books

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

50 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

50 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%