ICT Functional Skills Level 2 helps you develop the practical computer skills you need to flourish in the working environment and everyday life and gain the nationally recognised qualification to prove it. Want to keep track of your business’s incomings and outgoings? You need to create a spreadsheet. Want to wow a new client and close a deal? You need to create a PowerPoint presentation.
In this Functional Skills ICT Level 2 online course, we break down all this essential ICT knowledge (and much more) over 14 interactive units created by subject specialists, complete with activities to test your knowledge as you learn. Plus, you’ll have unlimited tutor support every step of the way.
We're delighted to be able to offer the option of an online exam that you take at home, for this course. You can study ICT online in your own time, at your own pace.
Why study ICT Functional Skills Level 2 online?
- You’ll gain an NCFE accredited qualification equivalent to a GCSE
- You can demonstrate to employers you’ve mastered a range of ICT skills, from word processing to Excel
- You’ll gain the qualification and confidence to apply for jobs or higher education courses requiring ICT knowledge
- You can study in your own time, at your own pace, via laptop, phone, or tablet
- You can retake units at any time to strengthen your knowledge and prepare for your exams.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Internet browsing
To kick off, you’ll discover how to access the internet, what a web browser is, and how to open new tabs. You’ll also learn how to use bookmarks, and find out what hyperlinks are.
Unit 2 - Search strategies
Next, you’ll look at using keywords and symbols for performing effective internet searches, and identifying reliable and up-to-date sources of information.
Unit 3 - Organisation and security
Because being safe while using the internet is paramount, in this unit, you’ll learn how to create a secure password, as well as how to protect important files. You’ll also discover how to create, move, organise, delete, and rename folders and files, as well as use the ‘copy and paste’ function.
Unit 4 - Word processing - getting started
Now, you’ll discover how to create a new document, along with basic functions such as using tabs, ribbons, launch buttons, and commands. You’ll learn how to use styling features as well as spelling and grammar checkers, as well as how to layout your documents using headers and footers. Finally, you’ll learn how to successfully save your work.
Unit 5 - Word processing - images
Now you know the basics of creating a document, you’ll discover how to add imagery! This includes checking for copyright, and re-sizing and cropping it to the correct shape. Moving on, you’ll discover how to add special effects to your images, how to use the text wrapping function, and more.
Unit 6 - Word processing - creating a table
Creating tables can be very useful for displaying and keeping track of information. In unit six, you’ll discover how to create an edit one, as well as add data. You’ll also find out how to add new columns and rows, delete cells.
Unit 7 - Email
Whether it’s keeping in touch with clients or family, email is an essential tool. In this unit, you’ll find out what an email service provider is and how you can choose one, and how to begin composing an email. You’ll discover how to use the cc and bcc functions, how to attach a file, add a contact, and create a mailing list.
Unit 8 - Presentation slides - getting started
Creating presentations is not only a lot of fun, it’s a great way to communicate information in an engaging manner. In unit eight, you’ll discover what PowerPoint is, and discover how to use some of the basic functions.
Unit 9 - Presentation slides - developing your presentation
Now it’s time to take a dive into some of PowerPoints more complex functions, in order to help you create outstanding presentations. You’ll learn how to add and edit text boxes and shapes, how to add animations and slide transitions, as well as how to add video clips and notes. You’ll then find out how to save and print a presentation as a handout – very handy for business meetings.
Unit 10 - Microsoft Excel - getting started
Lots of people are intimidated by Excel, but we’ll break down each function one at a time to make it simple. You’ll begin by figuring out how to use tabs, groups, and commands, and how cells, rows, and columns are used. You’ll then discover how to create your own spreadsheet and begin adding data, edit the setting of your cells, and how to add another spreadsheet to a workbook.
Unit 11 - Microsoft Excel - Using spreadsheets
Now it’s time to move on to some of the more complex actions and functions, such as conditional formatting, sort and filter, freeze pane, and adding and editing borders.
Unit 12 - Microsoft Excel - using formulae
Don’t panic, we’ll keep it simple. In this unit, you’ll learn how to create a formula, use the autofill handle, use formulas with a range of cells, as well as the AutoSum function.
Unit 13 - Microsoft Excel - creating charts
Finally, you’ll delve into the uses of charts, different types of charts, and how to design, edit, and format them.
Unit 14 - Knowledge check
In the final unit, you’ll need to complete a knowledge check to make sure you’re prepared for the exam.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement from NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.
How is this course assessed or examined?
To successfully pass the course, you’ll need to complete a knowledge check (just a fancy way of saying a mock exam), and then move on to your final exam. The exam for this course costs £95 and should be completed online. Find out more about the online exam process.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum study age: 14 years old.