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Brief description

Computer course. This course is a great place to start if you’re feeling a bit nervous. Learn about computer systems, how to create documents and present information, and how to find and share information using the Internet and email. You will gain an entry Level qualification in IT once successfully completed.
You may be able to get help with your exam fees. Please ask at your IAG interview.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at complete beginners who have little or no experience in using computers. However, to be able to access this qualification you must have an appropriate level of literacy.

The qualification aims to develop candidates’ practical skills in using common software applications, enable them to operate ICT equipment correctly and safely, and increase their confidence in the use of ICT.

If you need extra help with your literacy, speak to your tutor. We may suggest that you join an English workshop to brush up your literacy skills to help you with the course.

Course description in brief

This is a hands-on course, which teaches individuals of any age how to use a range of software packages through practical and realistic tasks. Learners have the chance to develop their knowledge and understanding – and, most importantly, their skills.

To build confidence in using a computer

To gain and develop a range of computer skills for home, work or study

To provide a flexible qualification that reflects the learner’s interests and needs

To achieve a qualification

To gain experience of working in a Windows environment

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Built confidence in using a computer

    Gained and developed a range of computer skills for home.

    Achieved a flexible qualification.

    Gained experience of working in a Windows environment

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


What equipment will I need for the course?

All necessary equipment and materials will be provided for you. However, an A4 ring-binder would be useful to store printed work and handouts.

What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

The course will be guided by the tutor to develop and build skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations, talks, group discussions and practical tasks carried out with individual support by the tutor where required. Students will also work together on group projects.

Learning materials will be a combination of paper-based, CD Roms and interactive resources selected by the tutor. Units covered include:

• Displaying information

• Searching for information

• Communicating information

• Producing graphs from numerical information.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend the classes regularly, and to inform us if you won’t be coming for a week or two – after 2 weeks’ absence, we reserve the right to re-allocate your place to someone on the waiting list if we haven’t heard from you

To complete the course and take any exams or external assessments required as part of the course

To conform to Swarthmore’s Equal Opportunities and Behaviour policies – in other words, show respect for yourself and everyone else within the centre. Copies of these policies may be obtained via Reception or the General Office if required

To conform to Swarthmore’s Computer Users and Internet & Email Policies

NOT to eat or drink within the computer room and to treat the computers and other equipment with care.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

With tutor support, you will build up a portfolio of work and other evidence to demonstrate your learning and achievement throughout the course. This will include:

Printed documents

Documents saved to disk


Observation records


You will also be asked to do specific tasks which will form part of your assessmentt

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

  • This course offers the opportunity to develop your computer skills to Level 1 and Level 2.
  • You could progress onto the (Ascentis) ITQ Level 1 Certificate in ICT at Swarthmore
  • You could progress onto (CLAIT) ITQ (level 1) at Swarthmore or another centre There are opportunities to take the government approved National Tests at Level 1 and 2 in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Alternatively there are lots of other courses and activities available both here and elsewhere depending on your interests – look at our current brochure, visit our web site at or make an appointment to see an Advice & Guidance Worker to discuss your options.

How will I say what I think about the course?

  • At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form
  • You can also talk to your tutor, or the ICT Manager at any time – please ask Reception to make an appointment for you.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
F202 2 Tuesday 10am – 12pm 7 Nov 2017 to 3 Jul 2018 (28 weeks) Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)
F203 2 Friday 10am – 12pm 3 Nov 2017 to 14 Jul 2018 (29 weeks) Full rate £199.00; R rate £164.00; D rate £18.00 (funder_code:F)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.