Are you a complete technophobe? Are you taking the first steps in IT that may lead you to personal enjoyment or work. Or are you competent In basic IT and would like to learn more advanced skills that will advance your knowledge. This course looks at the use of Computers in a variety of Scenarios to help the learner develop core competencies that will have an ongoing benefit in the increasingly technological world that we live in. You will study a number of modules at your own pace and ability levels which will develop your understanding of PC based applications, the use of modern communication and Internet research techniques, and look at how to stay safe and secure in the modern web based world. This course works by targeting the individuals learners needs and developing them. This session is aimed more at the beginner level, although more competent users can be catered for.

Course aim

This course is designed to introduce and develop the use of IT. It focuses on developing the users skill and knowledge of computer applications.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Select the appropriate PC software application and use it to complete a variety of tasks
  • Understand the common functionality of Office programs.
  • Understand the importance of security online and the methods that can be used to protect your personal data and from malicious individuals and software that may lead to financial loss.
  • Have a working knowledge of core IT skills and have developed some more advanced skills.
  • have the confidence to use a computer for a variety of tasks.

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
  • 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
  • Your tutor will give you verbal feedback as you are attempting tasks.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Undertake a more formal course of IT Study leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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