Using a Computer or Device

Ref: C2225276

Using a Computer or Device is a course to help train and develop individuals in the use of computers and the benefits that the digital world can bring. Delivered in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this short course is a great starting point to help navigate around a computer or tablet.

Additional information about this course

All students will be referred onto this courses by JCP and all students will be in receipt of a means tested benefit.

Course aim

Covering the basic skills required to use a computer, laptop or digital device, to use the keyboard, mouse, desktop icons, web browsers, email and how to stay safe online.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Demonstrate the basics of a computer system; navigate around the computer using a mouse or keyboard
  • Create a word document and save this in an organised way.
  • List key websites that are of use, demonstrate how to access the sites effectively. Staying safe online
  • Log into an email account, compose and receive an email with and without attachments.
  • Access a number of amenity and governmental websites

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Laptops will be provided but it is best to use your own device. Please bring a pen and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No reading is required but you can look in your library or buy either "Web User" or "Computer Active."

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You should feel more confident to undertake further study and there is a follow on course 'Further Develop your Digital Skills'

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Using a Computer or Device


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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