Fees: Standard £ 200 Conc £0 Full £575
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Functional Skills ICT (Level 1) covers the skills you need to use a computer for a range of tasks. The course will show you how to email with attachments, word processing and spreadsheets, and how to search for information and stay safe online. The Functional skills qualification “enables learners to apply computing skills and use relevant technology effectively in both their personal and professional lives. Functional Skills equips learners with the fundamental applied skills needed to succeed in all aspects of life, work and other learning”. The course will cover Windows 7 and Office 2010 software.
Those with some experience of using computers and applications, and who want to extend their skills and gain confidence in using a range of software. Learners who want to be able to make full use of IT resources in their daily lives and gain a qualification. Being able to use technology confidently and competently, especially the ability to transfer those skills to different software and equipment is crucial in daily life.
Some basic knowledge of using a computer (using the mouse and keyboard, how to get around the windows desktop, basic email and word processing, file management etc.) is essential. This course requires an interview and skill check before enrolment. Check our website at hfals.co.uk or call 0845 839 7912 for details.
Work with files, folders and other media to access, organise, store, label and retrieve information; Follow and demonstrate understanding of the need for safety and security practices; Use computers to plan and organise work; Select and use software applications to meet needs and solve straightforward problems; Adjust system settings as appropriate to individual needs; Apply editing, formatting and layout techniques to meet needs, including text, tables, graphics, records, numbers, charts, graphs or other digital content; Use spreadsheets to work with data; Enter, search, sort and edit records; Read, send and receive electronic messages with attachments; Demonstrate the need to stay safe and to respect others when using the internet.
Explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and hands on practise.
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.
Classroom 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. Formal and Informal feedback. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the course.
You can progress to a more specific course that focuses on one piece of software, for example, Powerpoint or Photoshop, depending on your needs and interests. Ask your tutor for advice on what course to do next.
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 1118096142). On the computer side, you could try 'PCs for Dummies' - Gookin (ISBN 1118197348), or ‘Windows 10 in Easy Steps’ – Vandome (ISBN 1840786434) Once you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: www.bbc.co.uk/webwise - 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. netforbeginners.about.com - articles and guides to help develop your skills www.free-computer-tutorials.net - a range of tutorials for Windows and applications like Word, aimed at beginners.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.