IT User Courses – Adult Learning Shops

We offer IT courses in ITQ/ECDL qualifications at Level 2:

Award IT User Skills Level 2

Certificate in IT User Skills Level 2

These courses are designed to help learners with few IT skills right through to improving IT skills at intermediate level.

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How to Apply
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These IT Users programmes are for anyone looking to improve their current or future employment opportunities and cover topics such as:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • Email and Using the Internet

Our courses are jargon free and easy to follow. They are delivered through The British Computer Society, using a directed learning approach, which is a blend of tutor supported, online and other resources.

Book a Careers Advice Appointment

The National Careers Service provides access to free, impartial, professional advice on careers, skills and the job market.

We’re here to help you get the advice you need to make the right decisions about your future working life. We’ve got specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder. Let us help you take the next step.

Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you overcome problems and reach your goals. We’ll help you build on your strengths, improve your skills and find a better job or career that matches your skills and personality.

Once you have booked a careers advice appointment our advisors will work with you to begin your training.

National Careers Service is available for adults aged 18 and over. If you are under 18 or a parent/carer of a learner under 18, information about careers advice can be found here:

Careers Advice for School Leavers

Read our Careers Strategy here

For your free National Careers Service and Advice Guidance session at a centre near you please contact us using the contact telephone numbers or by completing the enquiry form below:

  • Clacton and Dovercourt areas: 01206 712825
  • Colchester, Witham and Braintree areas: 01206 814292

The information in this section applies to this course, and may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

You will not pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19 – 23, and already have a level 2 qualification in another subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) and are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
aged over 24, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
aged 19-23, already have a level 2 qualification in another subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) and are employed with a gross annual salary under £17,374 per annum
aged over 24 and are employed with a gross annual salary under £17,374 per annum

You will pay the published fee (where part of the fee is paid by the government) if you are:
aged 19-23, already have a level 2 qualification in another subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) and are unemployed but do not claim a benefit
aged 19-23, already have a level 2 qualification in another subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) and earn over £17,374 per annum
aged over 24 and are unemployed but do not claim a benefit
aged over 24 and are employed with a gross annual salary over £17,374 per annum
If you are aged 19-23 and do not already have a level 2 qualification in any other subject or 5 GCSEs grades 9 – 4, you will not qualify for any government funding and will pay a considerably higher amount than the published fee.

In certain circumstances, the College’s discretionary bursary fund maybe able to assist with a contribution towards tuition fees. Eligibility to the fund depends on the household’s financial circumstances. Further information regarding the discretionary bursary fund can be found further down this page.

Please note that if you have to pay the full-cost fee, you are unable to access any financial assistance from the College Bursary Fund.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in enrolling onto a programme at one of our learning shops.

You can email or phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form.

The Learning Shop will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine the appropriate level for you to study at.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

Courses may be free if you are in receipt of either Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance benefit.

Once this has been completed we will then enrol you onto your course programme.

IT User Courses - Adult Learning Shops
Course Outline: These courses are designed for learners who wish to better their employment opportunities.
CampusThe Learning Shop - Colchester
The Learning Shop - Clacton.
The Learning Shop - Dovercourt
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.