Inclusive Computers

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 87 Conc £35 Full £263 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 15:30 - 17:30 10 MAC 24/09/2019 03/12/2019 JS1025
Tuesday 15:30 - 17:30 10 MAC 07/01/2020 17/03/2020 JS2025
Tuesday 15:30 - 17:30 10 MAC 21/04/2020 30/06/2020 JS3025

What will the course cover?

This is a fully inclusive class which means that everyone is welcome and everyone is valued, and is ideal for people with learning or other disabilities along with mainstream students who have little or no experience and want to work at a slower pace.  On this ten week course you will learn how to use a keyboard and mouse, produce and save documents in Microsoft Word, learn your way around the Internet, use search engines, start an email account and send and receive messages. The course will cover Windows 7 and Office 2010 software.

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in learning how to use the computer.  This is especially aimed at total beginners or those who find it difficult to get to grips with computers.

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

This course is for absolute beginners, so no knowledge is necessary.

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

Find your way around a computer; Work with programs like 'Word'  to create documents; Be able to enter text and change how it looks for better effects; Use Internet Explorer to get on to the internet; Search the internet to find things you are interested in; Create an email account and send and receive emails.

How is the course organised?

Explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, 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. Other PC courses in specific software (Word, Excel), or you may want to look at gaining a computing qualification, such as Functional Skills IT. 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 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.

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 (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) 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.