Improve your Computer Skills

Ref: C2337824

Improve your skills in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, presentation, the internet and email. Open to all. Qualifications on offer range from EDCC (Electronic Digital Computer Competency) for the beginner to OCR ITQ qualifications at levels 1 and 2 (for improvers).

Course aim

The aim of the course is to learn more about computers and improve skills. The course offers a range of national qualifications suitable for the absolute beginner, progressing to intermediate level.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

A range of software applications are on offer and depending on the learner's standard of entry, may range from EDCC beginners to intermediate level (ITQ levels 1 and 2). Word processing software (Word 2010) Spreadsheet software (Excel 2010) Database software (Access 2010) Desktop publishing software (Publisher 2010) Presentation software (PowerPoint 2010) Electronic communications software (Internet Explorer and Gmail)

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Apply skills/knowledge acquired to pass their chosen module. 2. Achieve a full award (if appropriate). 3. Demonstrate increased confidence and skills in using a computer. 4. Achieve an EDCC or OCR ITQ qualification or both.

How will I know I'm making progress?

A learner progression record is completed each week by the learner, the tutor completes a record of the learners progression which is used as a basis for future planning as well as the completion each term of an individual record which assists the learner and tutor to plan for the future. Verbal and written feedback is included as part of the summative and formative assessments.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Teaching materials are provided by the WEA, computers/laptops will be supplied by Warsop InfoTech.

Reading and information sources

None required.

What could the course lead to?

Where appropriate the learner may wish to use their skills in a volunteer capacity within the WEA or elsewhere, the knowledge gained from this course may also assist in providing the individual with a personal development opportunity as required by their employer/employment. Information regarding progression opportunities will be provided by the tutor by the end of the course.

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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