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Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
20 hours

Unit Learning Outcomes


Connect up a personal computer, printer and peripheral devices safely

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1
    Identify what IT system components, storage and peripheral devices are needed and how to connect them
  • 1.2
    Identify any health and safety issues associated with setting up an IT system
  • 1.3
    Connect up the components of an IT system safely, including a printer and other peripheral devices
  • 1.4
    Connect removable storage media to a PC safely


Connect to an IT communication service

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1
    Connect communication hardware safely to a PC
  • 2.2
    Identify the details needed to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • 2.3
    Connect to a communication service from a PC


Set up software for use

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1
    Configure the user interface to meet needs
  • 3.2
    Identify what security precautions need to be addressed when connecting to the internet
  • 3.3
    Set up and configure virus protection software
  • 3.4
    Set up files and software to meet needs


Check that the IT system and communication service are working successfully

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1
    Identify simple tests that can be used to check the system
  • 4.2
    Identify simple communication tests that can be used to check the internet connection
  • 4.3
    Run tests to check that the system and communication service are working successfully
  • 4.4
    Identify how to report faults and seek expert help
  • 4.5
    Respond to error messages and report faults as appropriate