Training can be delivered in bite-sized chunks to suit the practical needs of the business or individual. There is no set course or programme, and training can be tailored to suit the needs of your organisation. ITTEA can advise you on your own personalised training programme.
ITQ 2009 - a new type of qualification
The new NVQ/SVQ for IT users (ITQ 2009) has been developed as part of a comprehensive project that involved a full review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for IT users. The NOS have been brought up-to-date in the light of the rapidly changing IT user environment, and in readiness for transition to new national qualifications frameworks - the new Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) in England , Wales and Northern Ireland and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) in Scotland .
All the Awarding Organisations will draw from the same QCF Unit bank to design their qualifications, giving the learner the best possible choice in working towards a fit-for-purpose qualification, tailored to their needs in every aspect:
Qualification size (Award, Certificate or Diploma)
Level of qualification (Level 1, 2 or 3)
Choice of optional units
Delivery and assessment methods
What is ITQ?
ITQ has been designed by employers to meet the needs of today's businesses. It is a nationally-recognised programme that takes into account all of your existing IT skills. You may already have ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), or one of the CLAIT qualifications or Microsoft Office Specialist. These can count towards ITQ.
By achieving ITQ you will be looking to acquire IT skills so that you can do your job more effectively and productively. There is a wide choice of Units to choose from - the Office based applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, email and the Internet to wider issues such as IT Security and IT Maintenance. In addition you can achieve a Multimedia Unit or Using Video or even accredit your skills setting up and using a mobile phone.
Meeting the differing needs of individual learners
OCR ITQ is suitable for all types of learners. For example, the following can be used as evidence against ITQ:
• Searching for employment (eg CVs, job applications, web searches and emails)
• Full-time learners' learning experiences
• Employees' existing IT activities at work
• Social activities (eg club membership, databases, spreadsheets, email and web)
• Voluntary activities (eg cash flows, programmes and newsletters).
ITQ is a new and very flexible National Vocational Qualification that will enable you to gain credit for IT skills learnt on this course. It is practical and allows for hands-on experience of a wide range of applications. The qualification consists of one mandatory unit and four optional units. Assessment is via portfolio of evidence. ITTEA offers you the opportunity to get a general grounding in a variety of software applications.
The component units for ITQ 2009 are QCF shared units , that is, developed by e-skills UK in partnership with all the Awarding Organisations. Each unit is assigned a Level and a Credit value in the ITQ framework.
Flexibility of assessment method
As with previous versions of the ITQ, there is no single way to assess ITQ units. ITQ awarding organisations recognise a number of contributing units and qualifications which can be mapped to one or more ITQ units.
The new ITQ suite
The ITQ Suite comprises 9 separate qualifications: with Award, Certificate and Diplomas at each of Level 1, 2 and 3. the qualification titles all take the same form. For example:
Level 1 ITQ Award in IT User Skills (QCF)
Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills (QCF)
Level 3 ITQ Diploma in IT User Skills (QCF)