Get technology

Get Technology, Get IT

Computers are a significant part of everyday life, shrinking the world via the internet and email so why not join one of our courses and find out what technology can do for you.


We can help you to improve your prospects through learning to:

  • get confident with technology
  • get connected with the world around you
  • get ready for work, move on in work, or change jobs.

We offer courses for beginners as well as those who want to develop their skills further and to gain a qualification.

First steps

Computers for beginners

If you have little or no computer knowledge but want to get a basic understanding, we have courses to help you learn to:

  • create and format documents using Microsoft Word
  • visit websites using a web address
  • search the internet for specific information
  • use an internet-based email account to send, receive and reply to email.

You can do courses for leisure and personal development or work towards a recognised qualification, such as OCR Entry Level 3 Certificate in Using ICT.

Using internet and email

We have a number of courses to help you to learn basic internet skills including email, internet, mobile technology and internet safety. You will be supported by your tutor to improve your knowledge and skills, and to keep up with the demands of a modern society. We have a number of courses to help you to learn basic internet skills including email, internet, mobile technology and internet safety. You will be supported by your tutor to improve your knowledge and skills, and to keep up with the demands of a modern workplace. You can gain a recognised qualification, such as OCR Level 1 iTQ Award in IT User Skills Using Webwise.

Next steps

ITQ − the flexible IT qualification

The ITQ provides an up-to-date nationally recognised information technology user qualification. Due to its flexible structure and delivery, you can tailor the ITQ to suit your individual and business needs. There are wide range of units to choose from, including:

  • word processing
  • spreadsheets
  • using the internet
  • email
  • desktop publishing
  • presentations
  • databases
  • digital imaging
  • website design
  • improving productivity.

As well as being supported by our expert tutors throughout every stage of your learning journey, we've also got online materials aimed at supporting candidates taking ITQ units on the most common software packages.

When you successfully complete, you could receive an OCR Level 1, 2, or 3 qualification (the qualification you obtain will depend on previous experience or qualifications), and be better equipped to meet the needs of your current or future employers.

Text processing (business professional)

We can help you to gain an industry recognised qualification in text processing and keyboard skills. It will enhance your knowledge and expertise in this area and improve your employment prospects.

Develop and enhance your talents in word processing, speed keying, mail merge, document presentation and business presentation skills for the workplace.

When you successfully complete this course you will receive an OCR Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification. The qualification you obtain will depend on previous experience or qualifications.

Community learning courses also available

Digital imaging and web design

From beginners to improvers, you will cover a wide range of topics such as guidance on using equipment effectively and safely, downloading software and images, editing techniques, and applying special effects for web design and digital imaging. These activities will help to develop skills for both for personal or small business use.

Staying connected through social media

We can help introduce you to online social networking, enabling you to connect safely and securely with your friends and family − wherever they may be in the world. Our expanding range of courses includes exploring Facebook and communicating through Skype. Support will be given to set up accounts, download software and learn about safety issues to help increase your confidence in using social media.

Computer crafts

Explore the creative side of computing for your craft projects. These courses will build on your existing computer skills to create quality personalised gifts, such as greetings cards, wrappings, tags, jam jar labels, bags, boxes and key rings.

Buying and selling using computers

We have courses to help build your confidence to hunt for a bargain or sell your items online. Our Buying and Selling on eBay courses help you set up an auction, deal with bids and customers and create a PayPal account. We also offer courses to help you shop with confidence from online stores such as Amazon.

So if you need to take the first steps or want to impress a potential employer why not take a look at our range of information communication technology (ICT) courses? To find out what's on offer please visit our course search (opens in a new window) or call at your local adult community education centre.

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