Computing For Older Learners 1.1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 114 Conc £44 Full £263 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 13:00 - 15:00 10 MAC 23/09/2019 02/12/2019 JS1050

What will the course cover?

A course for beginners on how to use a computer in a relaxed and friendly environment.  The course will cover basic computer operations, introduce Word Processing, using the Internet to find information and using email, all covered at a gentle pace. This course will build your confidence no matter what your age. The course will cover Windows 7 and Office 2010 software.

Who is the course for?

This course is for any ‘older’ or hesitant learners, who want a very relaxed and easy going approach to learning to use the computer for general use, including basic word processing and the internet and email. Learn at your own pace, with like-minded people.  

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

No previous computing experience is necessary. This class will start with the very basics – turning on the computer – and move through the essentials of operating computers and using the internet and email.

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

Have an understanding of how to use basic computer functions like turn on and off; Use of the mouse and the keyboard; Use ‘menus’ and ‘icons’ and be able to find your way around a Windows computer; Open and close computer programs like 'Word' and  ‘Internet Explorer’; Set up an online email address and send and receive email messages; Enter web ‘addresses’ and find websites; Search the Internet for information; Be able to use Microsoft Word to create basic documents; Be aware of Health & Safety & staying safe online. Other topics may be covered if time permits.

How is the course organised?

Explanations, demonstrations, discussions, tasks and lots of hands on practise.

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?

You can expect to have gained valuable ‘e-living’ skills that will help you access a variety of services and a wealth of information, and could continue to do the 1.2 Older Learners class to build on these skills. You could also progress to a mainstream course on a specific subject (such as Word Processing) or an intermediary computing course if desired.

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. There are some good introductory guides to using the Internet, like 'The Internet for Dummies' by John R. Levine (ISBN 1118967690). On the computer side, you could try Computing for Seniors in easy steps (w8 Office 2013) - Sue Price (ISBN 840785764) Internet for Seniors in easy steps (w7) - Michael Price (ISBN 1840785772) Windows 10 for Seniors - Michael Price (ISBN 1840786442) Once you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: - some good introductory courses which contains lots of background information, and a lot of explanations about internet related topics. You can also sign up for a weekly newsletter with lots of tips, tricks and explanations. - a range of tutorials for Windows and applications like Word, aimed at beginners.

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.