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Brief description

Computer course. Suitable for those with some IT experience. A project-based introduction to using ICT in everyday life. Use the internet for research, digital cameras and word processing for recording, email for sharing photos.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at learners who have little experience in using computers. However, this is NOT a course designed specifically to teach you to use a computer – there will be a range of ICT equipment and resources introduced, including computers as appropriate. Although you will learn some basic computer skills as part of the course, if your main aim is to learn to use a computer, you should consider joining an alternative programme.

The course is funded by Leeds City Council who particularly wish to attract the following groups, although this does not exclude others from joining:

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • People who are not already on any of Swarthmore’s registers
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).

People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

Course description in brief

A project based introduction to using ICT in everyday life. Themed around planning and going on a trip. Use of internet for research, email for planning, digital cameras and word-processing for recording, e-mail for sharing photo afterwards

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

    Gained experience of working in a Windows environment

    Developed basic word processing skills including inserting digital images

    Developed Internet skills (type in a URL, use Google search engine to carry out a simple search

    Carried out simple searches on the internet using a search engine

    Used the research results to produce a document on the word processor

    Sent and received emails

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

To be able to access this qualification you must be able to read the learning materials, follow written and verbal instructions and make your own notes.

If you need extra help with your reading and writing, please speak to your tutor or ask reception for an appointment to discuss English courses.

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. Please bring a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes.

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. Learning materials will be a combination of paper-based and interactive resources selected by the tutor.

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

To attend the classes regularly, and to inform us if you are unable to attend.

To finish the course and complete the learning log

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 storage device

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

  • You could progress onto the OCNW Entry level Certificate in ICT at Swarthmore
  • 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 the Education Advice 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, the Programme Co-ordinator 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
L253a 2 Wednesday 1pm – 3pm 26 Sep to 5 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

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.