Intermediate Computers

Ref: C3843947

This course is suitable for students who have some knowledge/experience of using a computer or have completed a beginner computer course. You will learn how to manage your files and folders and use MS Word to produce posters and tables; create, edit and format an Excel spreadsheet and learn how to use formulas to perform calculations; search for specific information safely using the internet; send emails with attachments and create, edit and format a PowerPoint presentation using a range of design features. 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 open to those residing in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority postcode area

Course aim

To introduce learners to the basic skills in the use of computers and to build confidence to use these skills independently. The course will focus on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and Email.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Design a poster in MS Word using a range of formatting features and be able to insert and format WordArt to demonstrate my computer skills.
  • Insert, edit and format a table by inserting rows and columns and merging cells to demonstrate my word processing skills.
  • Produce, edit and format an Excel spreadsheet by inserting data including text and numbers and using a range of formatting features including merge and centre to demonstrate my computer skills.
  • Search the internet for specific information safely to demonstrate my computer skills.
  • Develop a PowerPoint presentation by choosing a design and inserting slides using editing and formatting features to demonstrate my computer skills.

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Intermediate Computers

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

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