what is CLAIT?

CLAIT is a nationally recognised qualification in using computers. It’s available at levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 is suitable for beginners and level 3 is advanced and considered to be equivalent to NVQ 3 (National Vocational Qualification) and A level standard.

It used to be known as RSA CLAIT, but the name of the awarding board has changed and the three qualifications are now known as the OCR CLAIT Suite. OCR stands for Oxford and Cambridge and RSA Examinations.

What can CLAIT do for me?

CLAIT proves you can use the main computer applications. There’s a CLAIT level to suit you even if you’ve very little experience in computing, and you can move through the levels to increase your proficiency.

What does it involve?

Each CLAIT qualification level consists of units. You’ve got the following options:

  • Take units individually
  • Take units to work towards a nationally recognised IT User award (NVQ)
  • Choose a combination of units suitable for your needs.

You get a certificate for passing each unit – they are worthwhile achievements in their own right.

Each level has one mandatory unit that you have to study. The assignments are based on realistic scenarios so you can apply your knowledge practically.

OCR Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (New CLAIT)

  • Foundation level qualification to bring confidence in IT
  • Level 1 in the national qualification framework – equivalent to GCSE grades D-G and NVQ Level 1
  • Replaces old RSA CLAIT Stage 1
  • Mandatory core unit is Using a Computer
  • Additional optional units are Word Processing, Electronic Communication, Spreadsheets, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Graphs and Charts, Computer Art, Web Pages, Presentation Graphics, BBC Becoming Webwise, Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, Living Online
  • Need to pass five units for the full award

CLAIT Level 2 Certificate for IT Users (CLAIT Plus)

  • Intermediate level qualification which increases your IT productivity
  • Level 2 in the national qualification framework – equivalent to GCSE grades A-C and NVQ Level 2
  • Replaces old IBT2 (Integrated Business Technology)
  • Mandatory core unit is Create, Manage and Integrate Files
  • Additional optional units are Spreadsheets, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Presentation Graphics, Computer Art, Web Page Creation, Electronic Communications, Graphs and Charts, Spreadsheet Solutions, Database Solutions, Desktop Publishing Solutions, Presentation Graphics Solutions, Digital Imaging Solutions, Web Animation Solutions, Web Page Solutions
  • Can also choose Microsoft Office Specialist Units, which are based on industry-demanded skills. Units available are Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentation Graphics
  • Must pass four units for the full award

OCR Level 3 Certificate for IT Users (CLAIT Advanced)

  • Advanced qualification that’s suitable if you’re already a confident and productive IT user. Will enable you to mentor friends and colleagues
  • Level 3 in the national qualification framework – equivalent to A level and NVQ Level 3
  • Replaces old IBT3 (Integrated Business Technology)
  • Mandatory unit is Understanding IT
  • Additional optional units are Creating IT Solutions for Other Users, Managing IT Resources, Advanced Document Production, Advanced Databases, Advanced Spreadsheets, Advanced Web Pages, Advanced Computer Art, Advanced Presentation Graphics
  • Can also choose Microsoft Office Specialist Units, which are based on industry-demanded skills. Units available are Word Processing and Spreadsheets
  • Must pass four units for the full award

Where can I do CLAIT?

You can study CLAIT at a range of course providers including further education colleges, adult and community education centres, libraries and private training providers.

How can I study it?

CLAIT is sometimes available as an online or CD Rom distance learning course. It may also be available as an open or flexible learning course.

How much does it cost?

It depends on how you study it and which course provider you study it with. If you’re on a low income or on benefits you may get help with the fees. Ask your course provider.

How can I find out more?

You can get more info from the CLAIT website.

Your course provider should be able to provide you with more details on CLAIT.

If you'd like to find a CLAIT course you can search our database (keyword CLAIT) or call us on 0800 100 900. Calls are free and in confidence. Lines are open between 8am and 10pm seven days a week.

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