Computers for Beginners & Improvers

Ref: C2523015

Learners will achieve a basic understanding of how the Internet works, to create an E-mail account to write messages to friends and family and to put their newly discovered skills into practice.

Course aim

During this course learners will develop and enhance their skills in Internet and Email and Microsoft Word. They will work at their own pace, with no pressure to finish tasks within a specified time.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Using Solitaire to refresh/ improve mouse co-ordination (This acts as an Initial Assessment) Opening/Closing an Internet Browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer) Sending and receiving E-mails ‘Surfing' the Internet Skype sessions with interactive games such as Guess Who? and Play Your Cards Right

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:

Manoeuvre the mouse and being able to locate keys more accurately. Open/ close the Internet Browser program. Use various search engines on the WWW to enhance knowledge. All learners will see how an on-line registration form is filled in. All learners will write messages to the rest of the class and attach files, sending them accordingly. All learners will be involved in a skype conversation and attain an understanding of how to call someone and also how to terminate the call.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Tutor will use a mixture of group discussion and question and answer worksheets to reinforce learners' knowledge of the subject.

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

Pen and paper (to be provided by the learner) Laptop if owned (tutor can provide these at venue) Handouts (to be provided by the tutor)

Reading and information sources

No reading material is required

What could the course lead to?

The course could lead into another branch of computing such as photo restoration or family history

Download full course outline

Computers for Beginners & Improvers Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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