Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Work in the NHS

AMSPAR stands for Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators, and receptionist. Has two main roles: to support workers in this region, and to promote the qualification. Also granting body recognized by the British Department for Education and Skills, they have several certificates than can help you get a job in the NHS. Four they can award certificate is:

     1. The Diploma in Primary Care Management, Level 5
     2. Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries, 3rd Floor
     3. Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception, 2nd Floor
     4. Certificate in Medical Terminology for Non-Clinical Professionals, Level 3

Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception

The first certificate worth doing if you do not have a job in the NHS is number three on the list above - Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception, Level 2. Getting a qualification you can get a job as a frontline staff member at a health center, for example. In this kind of work, you will meet and greet patients as they come, set an appointment, in cooperation with doctors and nurses, etc. Known as IDMR, it is a qualification which is recognized nationally in the UK.

This course consists of four modules, and you must pass each one to obtain the qualification. All four modules are:

      * Module 1 - Health, Community and Social Services
      * Module 2 - Medical Office Practice and Reception Skills
      * Module 3 - Medical Aspects of Work Acceptance
      * Module 4 - Medical Reception Work Experience

You must pass three written exams, and of course the task. Module 4, work experience, is a complex module. However, a good provider should be able to arrange this for you. (To see a list of approved course providers, visit this page on your site AMSPAR

This course lasted for about 12 months, and can be done by a graduate school, and adult students.

Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries

Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries can be a good next step, after you get
a IDMR. You can, however, take the Medical Secretary Diploma without obtaining a certificate Medical Reception. Do not be misled by the title, by the way: This qualification is for people who want to become secretary of Medicine, than the people who had become secretary of Medicine.

Medical Secretary, you have a wider choice when it comes to where you work: hospitals, general practice, private practice, research, pharmaceutical industry, and many more besides. But your main task is hard to pin down! Consultation with patients and health workers is one way to look at the job. May be involved audio typing and medical word processing, though. Many people, both male and female, are taking this qualification as a way for management posts.

There are five modules to complete this qualification:

      * Module 1 - Administration and Legal Aspects relating to the NHS and Social Services
      * Module 2 - Business Documentation to the Secretary of the Medical Practices
      * Module 3 - Medical Office Practice
      * Module 4 - Medical Aspects of Work Secretary
      * Module 5 - Work Experience

You must pass four written exams, graduation to get work experience, as well as tickets to audio typing and medical word processing. May take up to two years before you get the qualifications, so there are a lot of work involved.

But if you want to start in the NHS, and not like a nursing job, then get one of the two qualifications can be a good step.


BTEC in Information Technology

The BTEC is a fairly new qualifications in the UK, and the letters stood for Business and Technology Education Council. These vocational qualifications in nature, which means that the emphasis is on employment and gain skills for the workplace. They also can be used to obtain a place at university, because they are roughly equivalent to A Level. You can do BTEC in a variety of subjects. There are three BTEC qualifications are available, called BTEC Nationals:

      * BTEC National Award
      * BTEC National Certificate
      * BTEC National Diploma

(It is doubtful, however, that the person interviewing you for a job will know the difference between the three!)

BTEC National Award for IT

There are six units in this qualification, and take all six is equal to one A Level. The values of Pass, Merit, and the difference. A BTEC National Award with Distinction value is like getting an A. A Level

The BTEC National Award for IT takes 360 hours to complete. This is called Guided Learning Hours. The focus is on skills for the workplace, and the curriculum developed in consultation with the employer. That means you'll get the training that is designed to provide skills that employers seek.

Learning to BTEC National Award in IT involves taking two core courses worth 60 Hours Guided Learning, and 4 other units to form the 360 hours. Each unit will be worth 60 hours.

Core Unit

      * Communication and employability skills for IT
      * Computer System

Other units

There are more than 50 other units to choose from, and we will not list them all. Here are some, though, to give you an idea of things you can learn.

      * Information Systems
      * Advanced Database Skills
      * Advanced Spreadsheet Skills
      * IT Systems Analysis and Design
      * Client Side adaptation of Web Pages


BTEC National qualifications are intended as a way to get your key skills you need in the modern world of work. Because they are compiled with the help of employers, they can be a route to get a decent IT career. If you are not interested in getting a job with a computer, or any job at all, it might be better to leave them on the shelf. If you are planning to go to university, whatever your age, then the BTEC National Award can really help. As long as you get a Distinction, which is!
      * Maintenance of Computer Systems
      * Principles of Software Design and Development
      * Installation and Upgrade Software
      * Digital Graphics and Computers
      * Computer Animation
      * IT Technical Support
      * IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair

Scale average time to BTEC National Award in IT is about 1 year.

The BTEC National Certificate

You need to take 12 units to obtain this certificate. If you do, it is seen as roughly equal to two A Levels. Once again it's Pass, Merit, and the difference in the end. But this time the letters twice (PP, MM, or DD)

Taking all 12 units is 720 hours of study, so double the commitment for the BTEC National Award. Roughly the same subject, but your specialist skills to get more depth. Now there are four core units, but:

Core Unit

      * Communication and employability skills for IT
      * Computer System
      * Information Systems
      * Impact of Use of IT systems in Business

Other units remain the same, but you may want to specialize in something. Once again, each unit is worth 60 points, and you can take a maximum of eight units.

Scale average time to BTEC National Certificate in IT is about 2 years.

The BTEC National Diploma

18 units must be taken to BTEC National Diploma. If you get a diploma, you will have the equivalent of three A Levels. The letters three times to Pass, Merit, and Distinction (PPP, MMM, or DDD).

For the BTEC National Diploma, you will be doing the core of six units, worth 60 hours each.

Core Unit

      * Communication and employability skills for IT
      * Computer System
      * Information Systems
      * Impact of Use of IT systems in Business
      * Organizational Security System
      * E-Commerce

Another very special unit now, and you are allowed to take up to 12 of them. Each unit is 60 hours. In total, you will need to 1080 Guided Learning Hours before you will get a BTEC National Diploma.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

NVQ : National Vocational Qualifications in IT

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualifications. This is available to people in the UK, and is one of several qualifications that employers have been heard. If you want to work with computers, and live in England, became a certified NVQ is a pretty good route to take. These certificates are used to have a bad reputation, and held in such low regard that the letters disparaging NVQ Not Very Qualified dubbed. Not anymore, though. Course materials for all NVQs were radically overhauled a few years ago, to great success. NVQ in a subject do these days involves quite a lot to learn.

An NVQ in Information Technology is divided into two distinct categories: User, and Practitioners.

Practitioners: Installing software, computer maintenance, desktop support, technical role
User: Using the software package in the office environment

There are three levels to aim for the NVQ, which category you are studying for.

NVQ Level One in the field of Information Technology - User

You need 40 points to pass the NVQ level one in Information Technology. There are mandatory units worth 15 points, and the other 25 points can be made from about 15 units optional. The most popular optional units are word processing (10 points), spreadsheets (10 points) and databases (10 points). Another popular optional units are: email (5 points), Internet (5 points), Internet security (5 points).

Although NVQ level one pretty basic, and should not be too long to complete, can be quite useful if you know little about computers. Here is a list of research:

Mandatory Unit
> Make selective use of IT (15 points)

Optional Unit
> Operate computer (10 points)
> IT troubleshooting for users (5 points)
> IT maintenance for users (5 points)
> IT Security for users (5 points)
> Internet and intranets (5 points)
> Email (5 points)
> Word processing software (10 points)
> Spreadsheet software (10 points)
> Database software (10 points)
> Website software (10 points)
> Artwork and imaging software (10 points)
> Presentation software (10 points)
> Evaluate the impact of IT (5 points)

The idea is that you do the mandatory units, and brings you choose from the others. But the total has to add up to at least 40 points.

NVQ Level Two in Information Technology - User

Subject to the level two more or less the same as level one. The difference is how much you need to learn before you are eligible. At level one, you only need 40 points to pass; at level two, you need 100. Once again, there are compulsory units (worth 25 points now), and about 15 others. Optional units will be worth 20 and 15 points respectively. You need more in-depth knowledge to pass the second level.

NVQ Level Three in the field of Information Technology - User

If you miss three levels were equivalent to about A Level, which is a pre-university qualification in the UK for 16 and 17 years. You need 180 points to get a level three NVQ. Unit must now worth 35 points, while the optional units 35 and 30. Who learned to level three much stronger, and you'll become very skilled when you're done! Many universities are taking the IT students who have passed the NVQ level 3.

NVQ Level One to Three in the field of Information Technology - Practitioners

Poin yang ditawarkan untuk kualifikasi dalam NVQ Praktisi IT adalah sama seperti User di atas. So for level one, you need 40 points to pass. Different subjects, though. To get an idea about whether this is for you, here are some popular:

Compulsory unit (you need two things)
> Develop personal and organizational effectiveness (5 points)
> Health and safety in ICT and contact center (5 points)

Optional Unit
> Customer Care (10 points)
> Software installation and upgrades (10 points)
> Operating Systems (10 points)
> Suggestions and technical assistance (5 points)
> Diagnosis of technical errors (10 points)
> Working with ICT hardware and equipment (10 points)

When you work your way through each level NVQ, the learning more difficult. Reached a level three and you can get a job at a help desk environment, with a decent entry-level salaries. If you want to move to a higher qualification in a support or a role the network, obtain NVQ level three qualification is a very good place to start.

Before : ECDL : European Computer Driving Licence

ECDL : European Computer Driving Licence

If you are in Europe, the ECDL is a good first qualification for those who have no computer experience at all, and had just begun. This is the basic qualification that tells an employer that you are IT literate. Also will show that you are interested to learn. Do not expect high-paying job with a qualification; use it as an entry-level certificate that you can build.

If you just want to make a start with a computer, and do not particularly want the job in the computer, get the ECDL certificate can be real to improve your confidence.
Many ECDL training can have for free in the UK, if you are in a particular state benefits.
ECDL - What is involved?

ECDL qualification which consists of a theory test and practical 6. A skills card, which known as the log book, issued to the students. Once the tests pass, the log book will be updated. When all 7 tests pass, you get the ECDL.

For Module 1, you need 27 out of 36 multiple choice questions correctly to pass. For the other 6 modules, you need 24 out of 32.

Examples of questions, taken from Module One for the tests in 2003, are:

T. which software would you use to create a mail shot letter

a) Web browsing software
b) Spreadsheet software
c) accounting software
d) Word processing software

6 other modules in the same tone, but you will be asked to perform tasks while at the test center. In the test word processor, for example, there will be a document that you have to open and make changes. Any successful change is probably worth one mark. If you get 24 marks out of 32 then you will have passed that module.

The seven modules are:

* Concepts in Information Technology
* Using the Computer and Managing Files
* Word Processing
* Spreadsheet
* Database
* Presentation
* Information and Communication

If you want to save a little money, you can buy a book ECDL, studying for several months, and then a test at the nearest book ECDL test center. Each test lasted for 45 minutes, though, so you're not going to sit all seven exams in one go!

If you prefer not to educate himself, then maybe there will be a training organization close to your residence to do ECDL qualification. Shop around and you might get some free training! (Examination will not be free, however.)