Computing, Games and IT

Computing: IT User Skills Level 3 Certificate (ICDL Advanced) (ITQ) part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

Tuesday 24 January 2022 18 weeks. You will study on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Entry requirements

Although there are no formal entry requirements, it is advantageous for you to have experience of using IT software to:
• Create and manage files and folders.
• Create and publish word processed documents.
• Use spreadsheet software to order and sort information.
• Use presentation software to create a slide show.
• Access and add to tables of information in a database.

You will achieve

Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ICDL Advanced) (ITQ)

Course overview

The Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ICDL Advanced) (ITQ) is suitable for you if you have a basic to intermediate level of competence in using IT software to complete tasks at work, as part of your studies, or within your daily life. The qualification covers the advanced skills needed to use word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases at an advanced level, with these skills then being applied to realistic scenarios within the final module which is Improving Productivity Using IT.

This qualification is suitable if you are:
• Seeking to develop your IT skills to an advanced level in order to become a department expert in their workplace.
• Wishing to undertake professional development as part of seeking a new job opportunity.
• Wishing to develop their practical IT skills in preparation for the working environment or looking to progress onto higher level qualifications.

Successfully completing this qualification will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required to be able to identify ways to improve productivity. This is done by identifying suitable IT tools and processes which support the completion of specific tasks, help to minimise the need for manual processes or duplication of tasks and enable more efficient working and greater accuracy and productivity.

Course content

The course is composed of the following five mandatory modules:

Word Processing
This module sets out advanced skills that can be used to produce complex documents, enhance outputs, and improve productivity, when using a word processing application.

Spreadsheet Software
This module sets out advanced skills that can be used to produce sophisticated reports, to perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations, and to improve productivity using a spreadsheet application.

Presentation Software
This module sets out advanced knowledge relating to planning and designing presentations, as well as the skills needed to produce advanced presentation outputs using a presentation application.

Database Software
This module sets out advanced skills to use a database application to better manage and organise information.

Improving Productivity Using IT
This module facilitates the application of knowledge and skills gained through the previous modules in order to develop solutions that make a demonstrable improvement to the use of IT tools and systems.

You will be assessed by a mixture of online performance and knowledge tests.

All equipment will be provided.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

You could further develop your skills in a specific area of IT, this could include progression onto a Level 4 Apprenticeship or Level 4 Higher Education Qualification.

How much does the course cost?

If you are aged 19 or over and this is your first Level 3 course, this course is free. If you already hold a Level 3 qualification, the price is £700. If you are aged 24 or above, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Computing: IT User Skills Level 3 Certificate (ICDL Advanced) (ITQ) part-time

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