Open Systems and Enterprise – QAN 601/4559/6

Purpose Statement

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Who is the qualification for?

The purpose of the qualification is to teach relative novices in IT user skills how to use technology efficiently to improve their productivity and work in other subject areas. There is an emphasis on open systems as required in the UK government Cabinet Office Policy of 2012 mandating the use of open standards in all government business. The Open Systems dimension under-pins the achievement of cost reductions by enabling the avoidance of lock-in to particular suppliers through the adoption of internationally agreed open standards, showing how to get all the technical tools and resources that the learner will ever need freely and legally from the Internet. This contributes directly to social inclusion and equality of access to the tools needed to support further learning. There are many opportunities to provide learning contexts that strengthen numeracy, and literacy, as well as supporting other subjects across the curriculum. 

Who might be interested in taking this course?

Anyone that wants to learn how to use digital technology tools efficiently to support their work, whether it is at school, at home or at work. This qualification will provide a basis for any other higher level qualification in the digital technology domain and is especially designed to underpin the Level 2 qualification of the same title described above. Anyone that is interested in improving their productivity in other subject learning or at work will benefit. Anyone wanting to gain the knowledge to reduce their dependency on proprietary technologies to help themselves, their family and future employers save money will be taking a first step in that direction with this qualification.

What will the student study?

There are 5 compulsory units making up the qualification

1 : Improving Productivity Using IT                 3 Credits
2 : Digital editing and publishing                     4 Credits
3 : Digital design and graphics                        4 Credits
4 : IT Security for Users                                  1 Credit
5 : Digital modelling                                         4 Credits

The details of the assessment criteria can be read from the qualifications specification

What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

Students will learn how to use common IT tools efficiently, safely and effectively. They will demonstrate competence in real practical tasks involving the use of text, graphics and numbers with an emphasis on generic principles that can transfer between contexts. Increasingly higher level study depends on digital skills whether it is to publish work, search for information or re-use other people's work. There is no other subject that would not benefit from the learning that this qualification provides and the generic knowledge and understanding needed for it is essential for further study in any digital technologies subject. 

Which subjects will complement this course?

This qualification can be complementary to any other academic or technical subject because it is essentially digital literacy and IT User skills and any other subject can provide a context for their development. Meaningful links can be made with all Ebacc subjects. For example a publishing project could result in a book with its own ISBN published for free using the service.That could be using English as a complement to this course.  A modelling project might look at a simulation for throwing dice in mathematics using a spreadsheet and random number generator. Maths and art might be combined by graphics transforms in a vector drawing program.

While this qualification provides a progression route to the level 2 qualification with the same title, it also provides a general education background that would be suitable support for the great majority of level 2 qualifications.


The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.

Trade Body

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