IT for beginners and improvers - Older and Wiser project

Ref: C2339236

It is suitable for learners who have never used a computer before. It will cover everything from how to turn on the computer, how to use a mouse and keyboard and how to print documents. You will also learn how to produce documents containing words and pictures. Create an email account, compose, reply and forward messages, attach and download files.

Additional information about this course

Older and Wiser project course for those age 50 and over in Leicester. You will be asked to complete Leicester Ageing Together registration forms in addition to WEA enrolment forms.

Course aim

The course aims are for the learners to gain confidence using IT, make friends and communicate with friends and family via email and also increase social engagement and connections between individuals and with the local community.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Confidently use a computer to communicate via email and create word documents.
  • Understand and use my smart phone confidently and have the ability to communicate with my course Whatsapp group and contact other learners between classes.
  • Send emails to family and friends, attach files or photos and also send e-greeting cards to friends and family during festive seasons.
  • Confidently use the internet to search for information on local leisure activities, including WEA & LAT, and access national and local advice and Information websites.
  • Confidently use a Word Processing application where I will have the ability to write letters and format documents.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It is important that learners do bring equipment, these being a writing pen and pad and also a memory storing device (optional).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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IT for beginners and improvers - Older and Wiser project


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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