Computing for beginners

Ref: C2338314

This course is an introduction to using a computer safely and correctly. Whether you're lacking confidence or picking things up by yourself, this class can help guide you through learning in a friendly and supportive class. If you want the opportunity to explore a variety of ways computers can help you to find (internet), keep in touch (email), develop and present information (Word, Spreadsheet and email) for wellbeing or employment, then this basic level course is for you!

Course aim

This course is an introduction to using a computer safely and correctly, exploring a variety of ways to find (internet), keep in touch (email), develop and present information (Word, Spreadsheet and Email) for wellbeing or employment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • If you are lacking in computer confidence, been a while since using computers or muddling through, then this friendly and relaxed class is for you.

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

  • Switch on and close down a computer correctly, enter a password and access the programs.
  • Create a named folder, enter data into software (eg spreadsheet - budget) or Word - CV for employability) and save to folder before printing.
  • Open an appropriate email account (which can be used for official, social, community, keeping in touch or employment purposes). Use this email account to send and receive emails with an attachment.
  • Use the internet to search for information and can include: jobs, application forms, routes or ways to attend interviews.
  • Demonstrate commitment and reliability by attending at least 7 of the 10 classes.

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
  • Practice or review of handouts between sessions is helpful.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Practical computer tasks to help build on your computer knowledge or recognise future learning needs.

What else do I need to know?

  • Folder for handouts and access to computer with internet to practice on would be good.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • - Information on other courses available at KCU, volunteering at KCU or access to internet. - Be better able to access future job opportunities on the internet.

Download full course outline

Computing for beginners 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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