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Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award for IT Users (iTQ) – Office Applications Route

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Course content

This Level 1 IT course will give you the fundamental skills and knowledge required to work in an IT based office job.

All units will be internally assessed by course tutors and externally moderated by BTEC Examiner-moderators.


Students can choose a minimum of 3 of the following units and must achieve a minimum of 9 credits:

  • Database Software
  • IT Security for Users
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Word Processing Software
  • Using Email and the Internet

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • Adults aged 19+

Entry requirements

All prospective students will undertake an initial assessment to ensure they have basic computer knowledge. Students should have gained or be working towards recognised qualifications in English and Maths at Entry 3.


  • iTQ Level 2 Certificate/ Diploma
  • Employment in a variety of roles such as administration assistant or office junior
  • Apprenticeship

When is the course run?

September 2019

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan, this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes English and maths qualifications, employability skills, a work placement and other personal development and enrichment opportunities.

Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fee is £450. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.