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Qualifications

Bytes is a National Open College Network NI Centre. Bytes offers a range of bespoke personal development programmes that reflect the diversity and flexibility of learning.

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We have accredited courses in a range of the following areas:

Drugs & Alcohol Awareness

OCN NI Entry Level Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (Entry 3) (QCF)

Understand what is meant by drugs/alcohol awareness. Differences between legal/illegal substances and the possible consequences of their misuse.

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness for the Individual
  • Exploring Issues of Substance Misuse

 

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Drug Awareness (QCF)

Understand different types of drugs and their legal status and the possible consequences of drug misuse.

  • Understanding Drug Awareness for the Individual

 

OCN NI Level 2 Award in Drug Awareness (QCF)

Understand different types of drugs & their legal status, knowledge of the possible physical & emotional health issues associated with drug misuse and understand possible effects of drug withdrawal.

  • Understanding Drug Awareness for the Individual

Prejudice & Discrimination

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Diversity and Good Relations (QCF)

Understand the importance of diversity and good relations. Awareness of diverse groups and the importance of respect within them. Understand what is meant by prejudice and discrimination and recognise the value of equal opportunities legislation.

  • Prejudice and Discrimination

Youth Justice

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Personal and Social Development (QCF)

Appreciation of the consequences of becoming involved in crime. Awareness of the Criminal/Youth Justice System and forms of sentences. Understand the role of local agencies.

  • Young People and Youth Justice

 

OCN NI Level 2 Award in Personal and Social Development (QCF)

Appreciation of consequences of involvement in crime. Awareness of Criminal/YJ System & comparison of advantages/disadvantages of alternative forms of sentence. Understand the role of local agencies.

  • Young People and Youth Justice

 

OCN NI Level 2 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Develop core skills & knowledge required to work in a range of sector areas. Awareness of human rights, associated laws and the democratic & electoral processes; understand effective team leadership skills and different methods of conflict resolution.

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
  • Effective Leadership Skills
  • Skills for Conflict Resolution

Diversity, Citizenship & Equality

OCN NI Entry Level Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Understand what is meant by the term diversity and be aware of diverse groups and their contribution to society. Recognise the role of active participation.

  • Diversity within Society
  • Active Citizenship in the Community

 

 OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills and knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Understand diversity, discrimination and recognise the importance of equal opportunities legislation. Awareness of diverse groups and their contribution to society.

  • Equal Opportunities
  • Diversity within Society

 

 OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills and knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Understand rights and responsibilities; what is meant by the term diversity and an awareness of diverse groups and their contribution to society; decision making skills and situations that require assertiveness and self-control.

  • Rights and Responsibilities for the Individual
  • Diversity within Society
  • Skills for Decision Making

 

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Diversity and Good Relations (QCF)

Understand the importance of diversity and good relations. Understand what is meant by the term diversity, be aware of diverse groups and their contribution to society.

  • Diversity within Society

 

 OCN NI Level 2 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Develop core skills & knowledge required to work in a range of sector areas. Awareness of human rights, associated laws and the democratic & electoral processes; understand effective team leadership skills and different methods of conflict resolution.

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
  • Effective Leadership Skills
  • Skills for Conflict Resolution

Peer Mentoring

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Peer Mentoring for Young People (QCF)

Understand the role and boundaries of a peer mentor including benefits and importance of confidentiality.

  • Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of Young People as Peer Mentors

Career Preparation & Planning

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Ability to identify own strengths, qualities, skills & abilities and how these relate to personal career preparation and planning. Understand different ways to learn, recognise own preference and identify areas for improvement. Awareness of different career options, identifying preferences and applying for job opportunities.

  • Career Preparation and Planning
  • Study Skills and Learning Styles
  • Exploring Employment Opportunities

 

 OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Understand decision making skills and situations that require assertiveness and self-control. Awareness of different career options, identifying preferences and applying for job opportunities.

  • Skills for Decision Making
  • Exploring Employment Opportunities.

 

 OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Understand decision making skills and situations that require assertiveness and self-control. Understand different job roles within a vocational area and take part in a vocational taster.

  • Skills for Decision Making
  • Take Part in a Vocational Taster

Volunteering

NOCN Entry Level Award in Preparing to be a Volunteer (Entry 3) (QCF)

Identify a suitable volunteer placement and develop skills required for voluntary work. knowledge about what being a volunteer means, the skills required to be a volunteer, which types of organisations accept volunteers, the tasks a volunteer may be required to undertake and make an application.

  • Preparing to be a Volunteer

Youth Work

OCN NI Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice (QCF)

Suited to staff & volunteers in the youth sector, or in allied areas of work with young people, who have little or no experience of youth work and who are starting out.

  • Principles and Values of Youth Work in Practice
  • Understand the Developmental Needs of Young People within Youth Work
  • Effective Communication Skills in a Youth Work Setting
  • Understanding the Role of the Youth Worker
  • Safeguarding Young People within a Youth Work Context
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour in Youth Work Settings

 

 OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (QCF)

Suited to those who have some limited experience in youth work and want to further develop their
skills. Recommended as a minimum L2 Youth Work qualification for employees.

  • Principles and Values of Youth Work in Practice
  • Understand the Developmental Needs of Young People within Youth Work
  • Effective Communication Skills in a Youth Work Setting
  • Understanding the Role of the Youth Worker
  • Safeguarding Young People within a Youth Work Context
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour in Youth Work Settings
  • Group Development within Youth Work Programmes
  • Planning an Activity Based Youth Work Programme
  • Facilitating Activity Based Youth Work Programmes
  • Evaluating Activity Based Youth Work Programmes

 

 OCN NI Level 3 Award in Youth Work Practice (QCF)

Builds on the Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice & requires planning, facilitation & evaluation
of an issue-based youth work programme. Recommended as a minimum L3 Youth Work qualification
for employees.

  • Facilitating Issue-Based Group Work
  • Understand how to Promote Young People’s Rights

ICT

NOCN Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)

Aimed at all who may be using computers in their home or community. Nine out of 10 new jobs
require people with IT user skills. Operating a computer and being able to use the internet and a
word processor are essential skills for work as well as for life.

  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Using email
  • Word Processing Software
  • Presentation Software

 

NOCN Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)

Aimed at all who may be using computers in their home or community. Nine out of 10 new jobs
require people with IT user skills. Operating a computer and being able to use the internet and a
word processor are essential skills for work as well as for life.

  • Desktop Publishing Software OR Database Software OR Using the Internet
  • Word Processing Software
  • Presentation Software

 

NOCN Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)

Aimed at all who may be using computers in their home or community. Nine out of 10 new jobs
require people with IT user skills. Operating a computer and being able to use the internet and a
word processor are essential skills for work as well as for life. Can be used to progress into a specific
job role or Further Education.

  • Improving Productivity using IT
  • Imaging Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Using Mobile IT Devices
  • Digital Lifestyle

 

OCN NI Level 1 Award In Social Media (QCF)

Explore how social media can be used to make use of networks in order to engage with individuals &
groups. Provide confidence & knowledge to use a variety of social media sites including Facebook,
Twitter and You Tube.

  • Exploring Social Media

 

OCN NI Level 2 Award in Information Technology Applications

Today’s work environment depends increasingly on a range of technologies. Provide IT skills
required to function successfully in the work and wider environment.

  • Using the Internet
  • Word Processing Software
  • Presentation Software

Healthy Eating & Cooking

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Healthy Living (QCF)

Understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and how it contributes to health.

  • Understanding Healthy Eating

 

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for working in a range of sector areas. Plan & produce a
meal in a domestic kitchen. Understand how to prepare food using a range of cooking methods.

  • Cooking Skills for the Domestic Kitchen
  • Food Preparation and Cooking

Budgeting

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finances (QCF)

Develop effective finance and budgeting skills to help take control of money, stay out of debt, begin
to generate savings and reduce financial anxiety. Manage on a limited budget and prepare a simple
budget.

  • Managing a Personal Budget

Curriculum July 2016 Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

OCN NI Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills (QCF)

Introduction to skills & knowledge required for work in a range of sector areas. Recognise own
personal skills/attributes and their impact on own situation. Manage stress & develop awareness of
different types of behaviours. Understand confidence & self-esteem and set short term goals now/in
the future.

  • Interpersonal Skills for the Individual
  • Personal Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Setting and Achieving Personal Goals
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