Key information - Diploma

Qualification Name:

BCS Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills


QAN (Accreditation Number):

Qualification Aim:
The level 3 Diploma allows learners to demonstrate their ability in a wide range of topic areas chosen from the range of ITQ units shown below. A qualification of this size fits well within the apprenticeship funding model.

This ITQ will develop IT expertise to be used in further learning, leisure and employment.

The flexibility of the ITQ enables the course of study to be adapted to meet the learner’s specific needs or interests.

Some level 3 unit achievements can be carried into other level 3 qualifications, rewarding attainment and encouraging progression.

Unit credit from the internationally recognised ECDL qualification may be incorporated into this ITQ.


Facts and figures
Accreditation number
NQF level
Guided learning hours 275-310
LSC funding code 50063868
Accredited for age groups 16-18, 18+
Performance points 157.5
Percentage to threshold 60% towards Level 2 / Level 2
37.5% towards Level 3
Credit value 39
Qualification renewal date


Qualification structure

Minimum credit value
Maximum credit value
Mandatory unit
Level 3 Improving productivity using IT (5 credits)

Optional units
At least half optional unit credits at or above qualification level

Minimum 17 credits at level 3

No credits at entry level 3
Sector-specific units
Unit(s) from other qualifications
Maximum 5 credits at any relevant level

ITQ units



Manual, evidence-based or automated testing options are available.


Who is this qualification appropriate for?

  • 16-18
  • 18+
  • NEETs
  • ALR funding available
Qualification withdrawal
Please note that following a review of our qualifications portfolio, we will be withdrawing some of our qualifications between now and December 2018. Please click on the link below for information on the full list of qualifications that we are withdrawing. If you have any questions regarding the qualifications that are being withdrawn, then we are happy to discuss it with you. Full contact details can also be found by clicking the link.
Changes to our qualifications portfolio