IT Short Course - SQA Information and Communication Technology Level 5 NQ

What is special about this course?

This course is designed for those with previous computer knowledge, ideally as a follow-on from Information and Communication Technology (SCQF Level 4).

You will learn how to use an IT system effectively and perform more complex processes using a range of application packages. The focus of this unit is the development of transferable skills and knowledge associated with information technology and is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in progressing
onto our (MOS) Microsoft Office Specialist programmes, but who does not have the appropriate level of skill.

Entry requirements

Information and Communication Technology Level 4 or previous experience of MS Word, Excel and Access.

Course content includes:

  • Word Processing: proofing documents; page setup; headers and footers; text boxes; working with graphics and images
  • Spreadsheets: working with cells, rows and columns, creating, designing and amending charts; sorting and filtering data
  • Databases: creating and modifying tables; working with queries; designing reports
  • Internet: basic browser skills; searching; saving and downloading web content; printing web pages
  • IT systems: finding applications; back-ups; computer viruses

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible
  • Open Access

Open access with online tutor support

How long will my course last?

40 Hour

40 hours over 20 weeks, open access.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date

Various start dates.


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may be able to progress onto our MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) programmes

Is there more information available online?

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