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Brief description

Computer course suitable for improvers. Start to make sense of and improve internet surfing. Set up an email account: sending, replying, forwarding. Uploading and downloading attachments and photos. Locating these files on your computer.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

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

Suitable for improvers, may include:

§ Explore the internet including basic search techniques & how to improve them and save information and images onto the computer

§ Set up an email account that can be accessed from anywhere in the world with internet access. Compose, receive and reply to messages and attach photos to a single or several recipients at once.

§ Download and save attachments onto the computer.

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.
    • Developed Internet skills (use url, use local and web based search engines to carry out searches)
    • Created internet eMail Account
    • Received, Replied, Forwarded and Sent emails
    • Added and Saved Contacts
    • Attached photos with eMails
    • Downloaded photos from eMails and Saved these
    • Become familiar with different storage locations on the computer for finding and attaching the photos

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

This course is suitable for learners who may have some experience in using computers, be able to use a mouse and keyboard, and be familiar with using Windows menus and toolbars (eg File, Save, Print). However, this is NOT a course designed specifically to teach you to use a computer, 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.

What equipment will I need for the course?

You may find it useful to bring along a notebook and pen 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 skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations and talks, group discussions, and practical tasks carried out with individual support from the tutor where required.

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 weekly 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?

Your tutor will monitor your progress during the session and provide verbal feedback to you. Written feedback may be given on printed documents. You will complete a weekly log of things you’ve covered in the session and note any successes or concerns, and your tutor will monitor this and discuss it with you where appropriate.

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 accredited courses – ITQ Level 1/2 workshop 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?

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form. You may also talk to your tutor.

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
L275a 2 Monday 10am – 12pm 24 Sep to 3 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.