Introduction To Computers

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 137 Conc £46 Full £319

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Friday 10:00 - 12:30 10 MAC 17/01/2020 27/03/2020 JS2150
Thursday 12:30 - 15:00 10 MAC 30/04/2020 09/07/2020 JS3150

What will the course cover?

The course covers the very basic skills you need to start using a computer. It will show you how to use a mouse and keyboard, how to email, some basic word processing and how to search for information and stay safe online. The course will cover Windows 10 and Office 2016 software.

Who is the course for?

Absolute beginners who have little to no experience using a computer, and want to get to grips with a PC, use a word processor and get online and start using the internet and email. Although this course is for beginners, it does move quite swiftly, so if you want to do a slower paced course, you may be better off taking Inclusive Computers or the Computing for Older Learners course.

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

Some very basic knowledge of using a computer (using the mouse and keyboard, how to get around the windows desktop) would be helpful but not essential.

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 Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word; Set up an online email address and send and receive email messages; Enter web addresses and find websites; Search the Internet for information; Be aware of Health & Safety & staying safe online.

How is the course organised?

Explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and 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 could do a more in-depth course to learn more about the internet, using eBay or Facebook, or other computing 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 another 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: - 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. - articles and guides to help develop your skills - 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.