Beyond The Basics

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 77 Conc £32 Full £136 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 6 MAC 06/06/2020 11/07/2020 JS3170

What will the course cover?

The course will cover what features to look out for when buying a computer; getting to know the different functions on computers; troubleshooting everyday computer problems (i.e. ‘don’t panic’); speed up your work with common shortcuts; choosing free and paid for software; how to help yourself by knowing how to find information about your computer.

Who is the course for?

Intermediate computer users who already know the basics, but want to explore further computer functions i.e. people who want to know why and when to use the other, less-used functions.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

You must already be comfortable / experienced in using a computer for everyday purposes e.g. internet, email etc. You need to be able to turn a computer on and off; use a mouse and keyboard etc.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You should be able to understand, select and operate basic computer options / functions; assess which features to look out for when buying computers; use the Start menu to access Preferences and Accessibility settings; maintain your computer and uninstall programmes; use time-saving shortcuts; select good software.

How is the course organised?

This is a five-session introductory course. Each session lasts 2 hours. The tutor gives demonstrations and explanations to the entire class, answering questions as the class progresses. Learners are also given tasks and exercises to perform to familiarise themselves with the computer. The tutor also supports individual learners, as needed.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

Informal feedback but tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Continue to improve computer skills independently, access online IT learning resources, or join a longer, more in-depth computer course.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. The ‘Easy Steps’ guides contain a wealth of easily accessible information, e.g.Troubleshooting Your PC in easy steps (ISBN 1840784334). If you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites e.g.,

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.