Computing For Older Learners 1.3

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 20/04/2020 06/07/2020 JS3070

What will the course cover?

A course for improvers (with some previous experience) on how to use a computer in a relaxed and friendly environment.  The course will cover computer operations, developing Word Processing skills, using the Internet to find information, shop and plan journeys, 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 have some knowledge and confidence and want to expand their use of computers, and want a very relaxed and easy going approach to learning. Learn at your own pace, with likeminded people.  

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

You must have some basic ability and confidence to join this class: Able to start and turn off a computer; basic navigation of the Windows desktop; know how to click, double click and use 'drag-and-drop'; have a Yahoo email account and be able to send and reply to an email; able to do some very basic Word Processing (enter text, ‘highlight’ text, basic formatting); enter a web address and do a google search.

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

Gain more confidence in general computer use; use a USB memory stick to store files; enter web ‘addresses’ and find websites; save websites to Favourites list; search the Internet for information and pictures;  save pictures from the Internet to your computer; plan journeys; start shopping online; be able to use Microsoft Word to create flyers and leaflets. 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. You could progress to other PC courses in specific software (Word, Excel), or other Internet courses such as eBay or Facebook.  Ask your tutor for more details about these courses.

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.