PC Passport SCQF 5 (Online Self-directed) Certificate

What is special about this course?

Interested in improving your IT skills? 

This course will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills in a range of popular IT software. You will improve skills in key fundamental areas such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, helping you prepare for further study, and/or employment. 

The PC Passport programme of study will give you the knowledge and understanding of using Microsoft software packages (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) with confidence.

This course is available to study online (with a tutor being allocated to you for support), using our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Brightspace. Learning materials will be provided through Brightspace. You will work through the learning materials and complete tasks as requested by your lecturer. During induction you will learn how to use the VLE, which is an integral part of the course delivery. Weekly engagement with the learning materials is mandatory; students should allow at least 2 hours per week for this. 

Entry requirements

You should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of having used at least two of the above software application packages.

You will learn: 

  • How to improve your digital skills, particularly software skills 
  • Skills in using contemporary application packages; word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software 
  • An improved knowledge of technical vocabulary relating to application software 


Please note, you must have access to a laptop or computer for this course.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Flexible
  • Online
  • Open Learning

You will learn online through our virtual learning environment. Study is self-directed and you choose when to do your work. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources complete assessments, and chat with your lecturer or classmates. 

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date

Flexible start dates available



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the course will allow you to embrace further educational opportunities in courses related to IT.


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