Get started with your tablet or lap top computer

Ref: C3840295

On this course we will look at some internet browsing essentials, developing new skills and updating any current ones in order to increase your confidence navigating the internet and using a computer, arming you with new knowledge with the aim to make the process more effective and enjoyable.

Course aim

This course is to introduce students to some of the essentials of using a computer to browse the internet enabling them to apply these basic skills at home and elsewhere.

Who is the course for?

Please bring your own lap top or tablet if possible Novice - intermediate level computer users who would like to develop their IT skills and understand how to effectively browse online.

What topics will this course cover

Some of the essentials covered will be basic terminology, online shopping and ordering (e.g. tickets for concerts or travel), online banking and payments, understanding search engines, using social media, downloading and streaming music, watching films and other content via the internet, online safety and security, applying for jobs and other things online.

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. Identify key internet terminology (browsing, search engines etc.) 2. Use the internet and their computer more effectively, efficiently and safely 3. Identify three things they most enjoy using their laptop/tablet for 4. Demonstrate increased confidence in navigating the internet alone 5. Identify at least two ways using the internet has enhanced their own lives

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will receive written feedback on their learning records and feedback in class during each session partly through lecturing and demonstration and partly through practical exercises.

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

Students should bring pen, paper, notebook, smartphone, tablet, laptop and any other devices they wish to use and / or learn more about.

Reading and information sources

Students could read some basic IT and Internet textbooks and practical guides before starting the classes. They could also research and make a note of particular skills and areas they wish to develop their knowledge of through this reading.

What could the course lead to?

Further study with WEA and similar further education providers, other IT courses such as diplomas, BTEC, or ultimately degree level study in subjects such as Computing, IT and Computer Science.

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Get started with your tablet or lap top computer 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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