Using the Computer for Beginners

Ref: C3126020

You will learn some basics to get you started using a computer, including some important words about computers. We will use Microsoft Word to create simple documents. You will practice using the mouse accurately, typing short texts and changing how the words look. You will learn how to add pictures to your document, and how to move words and pictures on the page. You will learn how to save and print your documents.

Course aim

This course is for people who have little or no experience using computers. You will learn some basic skills to help you feel more confident using Microsoft Word on a computer to make a document.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • To log on to a computer with a username and password and log off at the end of the session.
  • To find and use essential keys on the keyboard correctly (delete, space, shift, return, caps lock).
  • To format (change) typed words using bold, underline, italics, font size and colour.
  • To insert a picture into a document.
  • To save and print a document.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Official document(s) showing the correct spelling of your name, address and date of birth.

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

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Using the Computer for Beginners

Conditions

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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