Get going with computers

Ref: C3528314

This course at Barton Hill settlement is aimed at total or near beginners. You will start with the basics and build on that knowledge to help you use computers with confidence in every day life.

Course aim

This active course aims to introduce total and near beginners to everyday uses of computers. Starting from the basics, you’ll gain underpinning knowledge and skills to give you confidence to progress and become more independent in your use of computers.

Who is the course for?

No experience required, just enthusiasm and interest!

What topics will this course cover

• Getting to know what does what on the computer • Understanding what’s displayed on the screen • Using the mouse and keyboard correctly • Using a word processor for letters, CV's and notes • Using a spreadsheet to help manage your money • Searching for information on the internet such as recruitment or volunteer experiences • Sending and receiving emails

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. Describe and distinguish between hardware and software and identify at least 3 parts of the Windows screen. 2. Enter and edit text to correct spellings and typing errors. 3. Create a simple spreadsheet with formulas using adding and subtracting as a minimum 4. Navigate the Internet and move between pages and search for information using a search engine 5. Create and reply to emails

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbal feedback from tutor, practical exercises and practice assessments.

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

Paper and pen for notes!

Reading and information sources

No reading required.

What could the course lead to?

Entry level qualification in IT progressing to level 1.

Download full course outline

Get going with computers 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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