IT Short Course - SQA Information and Communication Technology Level 6 NQ

What is special about this course?

This Unit is about using complex information and communication technology (ICT) independently to access, process, and present information in everyday settings, ideally as a follow-on from Information and Communication Technology (SCQF Level 5).

    Entry requirements

    Information and Communication Technology Level 5 or previous experience of MS Word, Excel and Access.

    You will learn how to:

    • select and start up software (for example, word-processing, spreadsheet, database, media packages) to perform a range of activities
    • be aware of common hardware and software problems, and resolve simple hardware or software problems (for example, using on-screen help, software and hardware manuals)
    • enter and edit data using appropriate applications software
    • locate and extract information in different formats from a range of local or remote data sources (for example, the internet, CD-ROM, intranet, your own computer)
    • apply a complex search strategy to find information (for example, choice of source, order of searching, choice of keywords)
    • evaluate the information found against a set of criteria you select (for example, currency, reliability, bias, relevance, appropriateness of format)
    • evaluate your complex search strategy (for example, did it produce information that matched your chosen criteria, was it effective in terms of time and cost?)
    • present information in an appropriate mode (for example, display on screen, print out, play an audio/video file)
    • keep data secure and well managed (for example, by using passwords, using virus protection software, backing up data, maintaining personal file area).

    How will I study my course?

    • Flexible
    • Open Access

    Open access with online tutor support

    How long will my course last?

    40 Hours

    40 hours over 20 weeks, open access.

    Where can I study my course?

      • Perth College UHI

    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 other course or use the skills learned in your career. 

    Is there more information available online?

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