Some of our qualifications are changing...

We are making some changes to our qualification portfolio and would like to let you know what’s changing and why.

The world of IT is fast paced and rapidly changing, that’s why we are undertaking a full review of our current qualification portfolio. We want to ensure that we continue to provide the most relevant and valid IT qualifications for 21st century learners. As part of our review we have decided to withdraw a number of our ITQ qualifications where take up is particularly low and feedback from our customers suggests that the large number of options in these flexible qualifications can be confusing.

As a result of this review, we are withdrawing the following qualifications:

Name of Qualification
QAN Review Date
1 BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6175/6 Jul-17
2 BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6178/1 Jul-17
3 BCS Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6276/1 Dec-17
BCS Entry Level Award in Online Basics (ITQ) (Entry 3) 600/0540/3 Jul-17
BCS Level 3 ECDL Award in IT User Skills 601/0635/9 Jul-17
BCS Level 2 Diploma in IT User Skills 600/2681/9 Jul-17
BCS Level 2 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6275/X Jul-17
BCS Level 2 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6161/6 Jul-17
BCS Level 3 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6179/3 Jul-17
BCS Level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6174/4 Jul-17
BCS Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) 500/6386/8 Jul-17
BCS Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills 600/2879/8 Jul-17

If I am a Centre what does this mean for me?

Although we are withdrawing these qualifications they will still be available for delivery throughout the rest of this academic year and the next. We’ve made sure that the withdrawal will not disrupt any of your learners completing the qualification this year. The key dates are as follows:

  • Final date for purchasing credits for registrations - end of September 2017
  • Final date for BCS acceptance of learner registrations - end of January 2018
  • Final testing date - 31 July 2018. This will ensure that your learners have plenty of time to complete their course.

We understand that you may have some questions around the withdrawal of these qualifications. Our dedicated team are here to answer any queries you may have.

If I am a Centre what do I need to do now?

If you would like to discuss your options, then get in touch with us using the contact details below. Let’s work together to make sure that you have everything you need to deliver these qualifications between now and when we withdraw them. We can also discuss what alternative qualifications we have currently or our plans for any new qualifications. We’re here to help you plan for replacing the qualifications we are withdrawing.

And finally, to further support your planning, we will send you timely reminders of the key dates outlined above.

If you have any queries, then please contact your us by email at or telephone on +44 (0) 417445.