Flexi Introduction to using computers for Union Reps - Distance Learning course
NOCN - Award
About the course:
The £20 student registration fee is not applicable to trade union reps courses
Trade union reps are entitled to seek paid time release from work to develop these essential skills which will enable reps be more effective in their union role. The majority of information reps need to undertake their role and represent their members is online via the Internet and their employer’s intranet. Communicating with their union is usually by email, letters, posters, etc – all which need good word processing skills.
This course is undertaken through distance learning by self study. There will be access to support in the unet learning centre at the college main site in B block. Learners will also be allocated a tutor and will be given 6 hours individual support over the entire course; this will include feedback on assignments and sample tests, 1-2-1 tutorials in person, over the phone or via email. Learners that have any additional learning needs will need to discuss this with their tutor or student support when applying for the course to ensure they are provided with any additional support they are eligible to receive from the college.
Course materials will be accessed via the college website, if reps would also prefer to have printed course materials they can download a copy. se can be borrowed from the site. IT books can also be borrowed from the college library.
This course is an excellent introduction to various IT applications. Reps will be able to choose the units they want to study for this qualification from the following options:
Flexi Introduction to using computers for reps, distance learning only.
A choice of units from those listed below to a total of 9 credits.
IT Security for Users 1credit
IT User Fundamentals - managing files 3 credits
Word Processing – written documents 3 credits
IT Communication Fundamentals – basic Internet & email 2 credits
Spreadsheets - charts, graphs, budget calculations 3 credits
Databases – using data – contacts & personal data 3 credits
Website – creating simple WebPages 3 credits
Desktop Publishing – creating posters, forms, cards, etc 3 credits
Presentation Software – PowerPoint 3 credits
Using email effectively 2 credits
Using the Internet – effectively 3 credits
Who is the course suitable for?
Any type of union representative can apply for this free course. Learners should be able to switch on a computer, know the basic components of a computer and be able to use the mouse. If learners cannot do this then they need to first attend the short BCS computer and online basics course.
It is also suitable for reps that:
- have some knowledge of using a computer so that they will be able to access the college website for course materials
- are self motivated to access the course regularly
- have the confidence to learn at a steady pace
- are committed to undertake at least 5 hours of learning each week
- aim to complete the course within 3 months if not before
- have good English reading and writing skills
This course is also most suited for people that:
- cannot attend the college to undertake exams
- who struggle under time controlled exam conditions
This distance learning course is a self study course supported by online learning materials, additional practice assignments provided by your tutor and test exam assessments.
Can gain additional support if needed?
Learners are able to visit the learning centre as a drop-in to seek support or to work on their practice. Alternatively learners can phone the u-net learning centre for support. Details of the learning centres opening times and contact details for support will be given on enrolment to the course.
Ideally you will have access to a computer with Microsoft office 2007 and the software appropriate to the units of learning you chose to study – this can be discussed at your interview with a tutor before enrolling on a course. Although access to a computer is not essential, as you can access the college learning centres, it will help your pace of learning.
Reps will be expected to produce evidence that you have achieved each units requirements for gaining the unit accreditation. The tutor will set work to be completed which will demonstrate computing skills and knowledge. You will develop a portfolio of evidence to meet the qualifications learning outcomes. Once the tutor agrees sufficient evidence has been submitted they will recommend the learner to receive their qualification from the NOCN.
Learners completing this course can progress to:
- e-type – this course is an online course helping you develop effective keyboard skills
- fee UK online learning – internet banking, using the internet, buying on line safely – to access this learning you will need to contact Alicja her details are below
- undertake a course with similar outcomes to the ECDL Extra level 2 qualification
IT programme coordinator
Tel: 023 80577497
Post: Alicja Adamczewska
U-net Learning Centre Coordinator
Southampton City College
St Mary Street
For more information about applying for this option use the links at the top of this page. All applicants will be contacted and invited to attend an interview to learn more about the option and the qualification units before enrolling for the qualification.