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News & Events

This section is a log of Kandu developments and projects to date.

November 2022 BTEC Updates -

Due to the enrolment window of the BTEC ICT Specialist qualifications being extended until at least 31/12/2024 our BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3 courses have been updated.

Summary of Updates:

  • All learners are now given access to a cloud based PC as standard which can be used for practical work.
  • Streamlined project based assessments - The Level 2 can now be completed in just 5 assessments (previously 7), the Level 3 can now be completed in 7 assessments (previously 13).
  • New learning material to incorporate Windows 11.
  • The Level 3 has an increased focus on Cyber Security with the supplied material also covering CompTIA Security+ objectives.

March 2020: COVID-19 Update: -

We have received a number of enquiries regarding our courses and the current COVID-19 situation, we hope this post will clear up any doubts but if further information is needed please do not hesitate to get in touch.

BTEC ICT Specialist: BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3. As one of the few training providers who are able to deliver BTEC’s 100% online, BTEC ICT Specialist students are able to complete their qualifications without any attendance or exams required (no need to leave home at any time).

CompTIA: CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+. Access to course material and tutor support remains unchanged. Test Venues are currently closed and will re-opened once it is safe to do so. To check exam availability bookmark the following page

We understand that those studying within the workplace may have restricted access to equipment/software. If this is the case, we are here to help so please contact your tutor. We are able to customise assessment paths or help provide other solutions for those working from home.

Enrolment for new students is open as usual.

Best wishes during this difficult time, Kandu IT

New CompTIA A+ (2019) 220-1001 & 220-1002 Course Added -

Our CompTIA A+ course has been updated to cover all of the new Core 1 & Core 2 exam objectives. A total of 58 Live Labs have been included giving access to real equipment and a range of Operating Systems including Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10, Linux and Windows Server, ensuring that our online students receive a practical learning experience superior to most classroom based courses.

July 2019 CompTIA A+ 220-1002 Core 2 -

A further 500+ practice questions have been added as free bonus content to all BTEC ICT Specialist subscriptions covering CompTIA A+ 220-1002 (2019) objectives. Our BTEC students are now able to complete two valuable IT certifications from a single course.

July 2019 CompTIA A+ 220-1001 Core 1 -

Over 750 exclusive CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (2019) practice questions have been added as free bonus content to all BTEC ICT Specialist subscriptions. 220-1002 practice resources are to be added shortly.

June 2019 Standard Verification Results -

We have again received outstanding feedback from Pearson Edexcel as part of our yearly standards verification. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and students we have retained out Auto-claim status meaning we are able to certify BTEC students in the quickest time possible.

February 2019 Live Lab Store -

We have added additonal CompTIA, Cisco and Cyber Security Live Labs to our Lab Store.

The Labs will provide 24/7 access to real equipment which allows anyone working towards IT certification to develop essential practical skills. Try the Live Lab platform by enrolling for our Free Lab Demo

November 2018 NUS Extra/Totum discounts for Kandu IT students -

For a number of years Kandu IT students have been eligible to purchase an NUS Extra/Totum card which grants the holder some fantastic discounts from top brands throughout the UK, for full information see here

Since the re-brand from NUS Extra to Totum many training establishments eligibility to issue the Totum card has been removed. However, we are delighted to say that Kandu IT have maintained our status as an approved provider and should our BTEC students wish to purchase a card they are welcome to do so.


  • Leaners must be 16+ and registered on either the BTEC Level 2 or BTEC Level 3 to qualify
  • Should you wish to purchase a card, please contact your tutor who will provide a URL and code from which the card can be obtained.

September 2018 Home Education –

Our 2017-18 Academic Year review has revealed a record number of learners using our BTEC courses to gain accredited IT qualifications as part of a home schooling programme.

As a response to this fantastic news we have decided to add a number of features to our courses which we hope will help parents and students alike. Current progress can be view at

We appreciate that all learners have different needs and look forward to feedback over time to help develop this important, yet unsupported area of education. .

August 2018 CompTIA Network+ Updated –

Our CompTIA Network+ has now been updated to reflect the new N10-007 learning outcomes. This includes a new set of 30 Live Labs and 800+ practice questions.

July 2018 Standards Verification Results –

Once again we have received an outstanding report from Pearson Edexcel as part of our 2018 BTEC Standards Verification, retaining our ‘Direct-Claim’ status allowing us to provide BTEC Certification in the shortest time possible.

The report particularly highlighted the standard of work being produced by our excellent students, we’d like to thank all of you for your efforts this past year. A small sample of the report can be found below.

December 2017 - A Busy Month!

New CompTIA Network+ Course has been added to the course catalogue. We have also integrated Live Labs into our Free Intro Course and created a Free Mini-Course to showcase the value of the Live Lab Environment.

November 2017 - CompTIA A+ with Live Labs

Our new CompTIA A+ course includes Live Lab technology, allowing you to full access to real IT equipment when you need it. Practical learning always produces superior results.

July 2017 Standards Verification Results –

Thanks to the hard work of our assessment team and the fantastic Kandu IT Students we have received a glowing report from Pearson Edexcel. The standards verifier highlighted our first class support, the consistent high quality of assessment materials and work produced by our learners.

What does this mean?

We have now achieved ‘direct-claim’ status and are able to issue Level 2 & 3 BTEC Qualifications year round with the certificate arriving within just 2 weeks of the final assessment being completed. Combining this with our Fast Track courses mean that Kandu IT can now officially provide the most cost effective, fastest method of obtaining accredited technical IT qualifications without any drop in standards.

Pearson Edexcel Standards Report Highlights:

On Assessment Materials …

"Well written and easy for remote learners to achieve the required standard".

On Learner Support/Feedback …

"The feedback to the students has been first class, with a good explanation over what the students have completed".

General Comments …

"Please keep up the level of professionalism, and quality for years to come".

June 2017 - New Pay-As-You-Go Fast Track Courses

Our newly launched, totally unique Fast Track Courses allow learners to gain recognised IT qualifications in super-quick time whilst paying only for the support they need

January 2017 - We’ve moved!!

A huge thanks to the Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull for the past 8 years of support and guidance. Although we are sad to leave we are looking forward to the next stage of our development at the heart of the 2017 city of culture celebrations as part of The Deep Business Centre

December 2016 - Kandu Education Limited are proud to announce Creative Preformed Markings as official suppliers of Kandu Playground Markings.

August 2016 - CompTIA A+ 220-902 practice questions now included free of charge with all BTEC ICT Specialist & Flexible Subscriptions listed Here.

August 2016 - Over 650 exclusive CompTIA A+ 220-901 practice questions now included free of charge with all BTEC ICT Specialist & Flexible Subscriptions listed Here. 220-902 Practice Resources to be added soon.

May 2016 - All-inclusive Level 2 and 3 packages now available from Here

October 2015 - New KanduIT learning subscription is launched! Students can now work towards BTEC QCF IT qualifications. The new Level 3 qualifications replace both the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2 and BTEC Advanced Diploma in Network Design & Administration Level 3.

June 2015 - Learners registered with Kandu IT now qualify to purchase an NUS Extra discount card 

January 2015 -Kandu IT Free Introduction Course now includes free printable certificate of completion and an online skill profile.

November 2014 - Version 7.0 of the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering officially released.

November 2014 - The BETA of BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2 Version 7.0 is now available as a 4 day trial, new users can signup here ... No credit card is required.

July 2014 - Version 7.0 course contents finalised and approved.

February 2014 - Development for the new Version 7.0 Level 2 learning interface begins. 

December 2013 - View our latest videos whilst in development at the Kandu IT Youtube Channel.  The videos cover a range of subjects including computer assembly, operating system installation and more.

November 2013 -  CompTIA A+ 220-802 Practical Application test engine now included as a Free bonus to ALL BTEC Level 2 subscribers.  All A+ 2012 objectives are now covered.

October 2013 - BETA site launched, includes an extended version of our free course, with more content coming soon.  (please note: a new account is required to access Kandu IT Academy Courses)

June 2013 -  CompTIA A+ 220-801 Essentials test engine now included as a Free bonus to ALL BTEC Level 2 subscribers.  220-802 coming soon !!

February 2013 -  Extended guide to building custom systems & component selection add as further Free bonus content to  BTEC Level 2 subscribers

September 2012 -  CompTIA A+ 220-701 Essentials test engine now included as a Free bonus to ALL BTEC Level 2 subscribers

July 2012 - 10 hours of free Laptop Repair videos now fully integrated into the KanduIT eLearning system, now available to ALL BTEC Level 2 subscribers

March 2012 - Edexcel external verification visit.Kandu Education Limited receive an A – Excellent grade for the fourth year in a row.  Standards audited include program delivery, candidate support and assessment methods

February 2012 - redesigned

December 2011 - Jaguar Land Rover employees now eligible for funding towards all Kandu IT courses as part of the ADS scheme.

October 2011 - new website online !

The BTEC Advanced Diploma in Network Design & Admin Level 3 is released along with the official information website

September 2011Kandu IT Academy Pilot Scheme Launched in Secondary School -

The Kandu IT Academy is a scheme designed to provide access to our learning system and BTEC approved qualifications to students attending learning institutions such as Schools and Colleges.

We have been working closely over the summer with the Queens Park Community School in North West London and are pleased to announce that 10 students of the school have now started the pilot course for the BTEC award in Computer Engineering.

QPCS is a mixed comprehensive school with a strong Sixth Form. Ten students from the school will be completing the course during their Enrichment time in which pupils take time out from their studies to take up extra curricular activities.

The School has been assigned a customized version of the Kandu eLearning system and its content.Teachers from the school can monitor and support the students online.

QPCS hope to be the first school to successfully complete the course and create awareness for other schools interested in adding further courses to their 6th form options.

Students hope to use the course to help them to possibly start up their own businesses or simply become more ‘IT savvy’ with their own home computers.

September 2011 - Ofstead report highlights the impact of Kandu Playground Markings

April 2011 – The first BTEC Advanced Diploma in IT Network Design & Administration Level 3 certificates arrive

April 2011 - Congratulations to Anas Kaddo, the youngest person so far to obtain the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2.At just 12 years old Anas scored an outstanding 97% in his final assessment and is continuing his studies with the BTEC Advanced Diploma in IT Network Design & Administration.

April 2011 – Richard Tremere of Kandu Schools presents Mandy Harrision with the ‘Kandu Cup’. Mandy receives the award for ‘Most Improved parkrunner of the Year’, completing 40 parkruns and improving her performance by an amazing 17 minutes 23 seconds. Well done Mandy !

More information about the Hull Parkrun can be found here

March 2011 – Edexcel external verification visit.Kandu Education Limited receive an A – Excellent grade for the program delivery, support and assessment.

September 2010 - Kandu Education Ltd become a registered supplier for the Department for Work & Pensions 'Rapid Response' redundancy funding. Those recently made redundant, or facing the threat of redundancy may be entitled to funding towards the cost of our courses. Those interested should contact their local Job Centre Plus office.

August 2010 - Kandu IT become proud sponsors of Hull Cricket Club

August 2010 - After scoring an impressive 93% in his final assessment for the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering, Kandu IT student Daniel Chaytor took on a challenge of a different kind by climbing Ben Nevis in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

(After a bit of rest) Daniel will continue his studies working towards the BTEC Advanced Diploma in IT Network Design & Administration Level 3.

Well done Daniel !

July 2010 - BTEC Advanced Diploma in IT Network Design & Admin BETA enrolment announced.  30 former students enrol at a discounted rate, allowing systems to be tested and bugs reported prior to commercial enrolment.

March 2010 - The Kandu IT devised syllabus "PC Assembly, Maintenance and Networking" has now received accreditation from the University of Hull at Level 4 for inclusion as part of the UFA (University Foundation Awards).  More info on this program will be available soon.

March 2010 - Kandu IT receive status as a 'A grade' (Excellent) centre following our  Edexcel  external verification.

January 2010 – Syllabus submitted to the University of Hull for accreditation as a Level 4 Higher Education Module

November 2009 – launched nationally

November 2009 – The all new BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2 is launched built within the Kandu IT eLearning system.

October 2009 – Presentation of the eLearning Interface and BTEC qualifications to a major university.  Kandu IT are invited to create a proposal for an accredited higher education module at Level 4

September 2009 – BETA testers invited to assess the new ‘BTEC Computer Engineering’

August 2009 – Development begins for the adaptation of the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2 to be updated and included as part of the eLearning Interface.

August 2009 – Kandu approved as a registered trademark for use with playground equipment

June 2009 – Kandu Playground Challenge adopted by Selby based schools partnership 

May 2009 – Kandu Playground Challenge adopted by Leeds based schools partnership.

April 2009 – Kandu Playground Challenge used by Hull City AFC as part of their 'sport in the community' programme

April 2009 – Kandu Schools support & resources website online

March 2009
– Kandu IT eLearning BETA Interface online.

March 2009 – Application to the UKIPO for the registration of Kandu as a trademark

January 2009 – Kandu Education Limited is incorporated

November 2008 – The Kandu team and product range expands when Chalkagility is renamed as ‘Kandu Playground Challenge’, expertise and resources are combined to expand Kandu’s potential for delivering unique learning products. 

November 2008 – Physical Education experts approach Kandu Education with an idea for a playground activity with the working title ‘Chalkagility’

November 2008 – Kandu Logo created

November 2008 – ‘The Learning Key’ project is renamed ‘Kandu Education’

November 2008 – The University of Hull Enterprise Centre is officially opened by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

October 2008 – ‘The Learning Key’ project takes residency within the Enterprise Centre

September 2008 – Enterprise centre tenancy agreed

July 2008 – Business plan and objectives presented to the Enterprise Centre at the University of Hull

May 2008
– Project giving a working title of ‘The Learning Key’

April 2008 – Initial plans are created for a new project to apply innovative learning systems to a broader range of educational subjects.

Nov 2007 – Humberside IT Services submit syllabus for the BTEC Advanced Diploma in IT Network Design & Admin, this is approved by Edexcel.

2002 – 2007 – Humberside IT Services submit syllabus for the BTEC Award in Computer Engineering Level 2, this is successfully approved by Edexcel.  The course is used  for a number of projects facilitating learning within the prison service, specially funded project, the East Riding Councils’ ReFIT program (Computer Recycling).  The course is adapted to CD based home study format training hundreds of candidates with enrolments taking place via

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