Basic Computer Skills Workshop

Ref: C2338827

Suitable for the complete beginner just getting started with computers as well as those with some basic experience wanting to refresh and extend their skills and explore other applications and uses of computers. Covering the popular Microsoft Office programmes and such options as using the internet or working with audio or video.

Course aim

For beginners and improvers using computers and digital media, to provide students with an essential understanding of how to use the Internet, E-mail safely and securely and develop a range of Information technology user skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate familiarity with Microsoft Windows and perform basic file management tasks e.g. creating folders, organising, deleting, moving and copying files using File Explorer.
  • Navigate the WWW and use the Internet, including using web browsers, safely and customising settings.
  • Create and use an E-mail account, sending & receiving E-mail messages, attaching files and organising folders.
  • Use the Cloud.
  • Use a variety of MS office applications, such as Word and Excel etc.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Basic Computer Skills Workshop Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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