Adult Skills and Community Learning

City and Guilds Award/Certificate for IT Users Level 1

This fast track course is designed for learners who want to build on their existing experience and basic knowledge to improve their understanding of Microsoft applications. It's a good step towards further education or employment and allows you to achieve a Level 1 qualification in 8 weeks.

Length of course

6.75 hours a week for 8 weeks (5.75 hours alternate weeks)

Course content

To achieve the Certificate (13 credits) you'll need to complete the following modules:

  • improving productivity using IT (3 credits)
  • word processing (3 credits)
  • spreadsheet software (3 credits)
  • presentation software (3 credits)
  • using the internet (1 credit)

Entry requirements

The course is a natural progression from an entry level IT qualification or for learners with existing IT skills. A basic understanding of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications would be an advantage.

Course fees

The cost of the course is £205.82 which includes all tuition, materials, and registration fees with the Awarding Body. 

For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply, see our paying for a course page.

How to apply

You'll need to book a pre-course assessment before you can start the course, to make sure you have the necessary entry skills to complete the course within the allocated time.

At the appointment you'll be able to discuss your needs with one of our tutors and will also complete a short IT skills assessment. Assessments take place at Wellington House in Barnsley town centre and last about 45 minutes.

Not sure if this is the right course for you?

Book an information and advice appointment so we can help you find the best course.

What you can do next


We encourage learners to extend their skills to level 2 (ECDL Extra) - intensive


What our learners say

  • I feel the skills I have learned can be implemented straight away in my work and personal life and I feel much more competent and confident in my IT skills.
    ICT course adult learner
  • I would recommend this to anyone when trying to gain new skills to further their career.
    ICT course adult learner
  • I have started an apprenticeship and I am certain this course gave me an advantage.
    ICT course adult learner