Computers for Beginners

Ref: C3843847

This course is suitable for students who have little or no knowledge of using a computer. You will learn how to log on and off the computer; use the mouse and keyboard; create, edit, save and retrieve documents using MS Word; use a range of formatting features including bold, italic and underline; cut, copy and paste text; use the internet to search for specific information safely; create, edit and send emails with and without attachments. Although there is no examination, your work will be assessed throughout the course with verbal and written feedback and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Additional information about this course

This course is only available for those residing in a Greater Manchester Combined Authority postcode area.

Course aim

To introduce learners to MS Word and computer basics in order to build confidence in using a computer and to use these skills independently. The course will focus on MS Word, internet and email.

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:

  • Produce a MS Word document by using the mouse and keyboard to type text accurately to demonstrate my editing and computer skills by the end of week 2.
  • Demonstrate my formatting skills by using a range of features including bold, underline, alignments, font styles and sizes by the end of week 4.
  • Use cut, copy and paste to move and copy text from one place to another in a MS Word document to demonstrate my computer skills by the end of week 4.
  • Develop my online computer skills by using a web browser to search for specific information safely by the end of week 6.
  • Create and send an email successfully to demonstrate my digital communication skills by the end of week 7.

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?

  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Computers for Beginners

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Greater Manchester in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Greater Manchester, you can check your postcode here:

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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