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IT – Getting to Grips with IT course timetables

Brief description

Computer course suitable for complete beginners. A gentle introduction to using a computer. Develop mouse and keyboard skills, and have a go at basic word processing and Internet searching.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

This is a basic course for anybody who is a complete beginner or who has just a little knowledge of computers.

To be able to access this course 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.

Course description in brief

A gentle introduction to using a computer and other ICT equipment eg., printer.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    § Build confidence in using a computer

    § Gain and develop a range of computer skills for home

    • Develop mouse and keyboard skills
    • Develop basic word processing skills including inserting digital images
    • Create, Save and Print Documents
    • Learn how to use Internet:
    • Use Google search engine to carry out a simple search
    • Listen to audio and video
    • Print information from a web page

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. You may find it useful to bring along a notebook and pen to take notes

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, CD Roms 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 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 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 be able to demonstrate your learning and achievement throughout the course. This may include:

  • Printed documents
  • Your tracking sheet
  • Tutor assessments

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

  • There are lots of other courses and activities available both here and elsewhere depending on your interests –
  • You could progress onto the next stage including a varied program of ten weeks short IT courses or an accredited course at Swarthmore.
  • You could look at our current brochure, visit our web site at or make an appointment to see the Next Steps Advisor, to discuss your options.


How will I say what I think about the course?

You can talk to your tutor anytime during the course.

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form

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
L254a 2 Tuesday 12:45pm – 2:45pm 25 Sep to 4 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)
L255a 2 Tuesday 10am – 12pm 25 Sep to 4 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)
L256a 2 Friday 10am – 12pm 28 Sep to 7 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.