The course is for students who lack confidence or experience in using a desktop computer properly or effectively. The sessions will help build their confidence in a friendly and non-threatening environment. The course is intended for a group of elderly Somali men, who have the added disadvantage of English not being their first language and therefore an added barrier to their IT knowledge and computer use. The course will help them overcome these barriers to learning and to using computers efficiently, and will help bring them to a basic level of computer competence.

Course aim

This is a beginner's level course intended to help students learn to use computers effectively and confidently, and to gain a basic understanding of IT, computing and the internet.

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:

  • identify the components of a desktop computer and demonstrate competence and confidence in its basic use
  • use Microsoft Word and other common applications to create, work on and save my own documents
  • access and use the internet effectively and securely to interact with different websites
  • use emails, and create and manage an email or social media account
  • improve my English speaking, understanding and reading and expand my English vocabulary

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
  • As well as the weekly classes, you will also be able to attend additional drop-in sessions as required to develop skills further and 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All computer hardware and the necessary software and accessories will be provided. Stationery will also be provided. It is an advantage but not essential for learners to have access to a desktop computer at home. Alternatively, they can gain additional time on the computers at the Vestry Hall.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior knowledge or preparation is required for this course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Involvement in other projects at the Vestry Hall requiring IT or computer use. Or get support to develop your own projects requiring IT or computer use.

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


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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