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Computers for Beginners Course

  • Overview of the course

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    The Computers for Beginners course is about building your computer confidence. The skills and confidence gained will help learners to use a computer more confidently at home and at work. The course will start from the basics and you will learn how to type and make simple changes. You will also learn how to surf the web and send emails. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to try out other applications. You will also look at ways to stay safe online.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will:

    1. Open different applications and enter text

    2. Use MS Word to produce simple edited documents and save, retrieve and print documents

    3. Use MS Word to create different types of documents with images and formatted text

    4. Use the WWW to find specific information

    5. Recognise the importance of staying safe online

    6.Use email system to create and send emails
  • Entry requirements

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    To join the course, you will need to be working at Entry Level 3 or above English/ESOL. You MUST be a beginner and you will need to be an independent learner, have a good attitude and a willingness to learn. You will be assessed in the first session in regards to your suitability for the course and you may be signposted by the tutor to a more suitable course.

    If your language level is below ESOL, Entry Level 3 you can enrol on the ESOL Computers for Beginners courses, ask at the centre for more information.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will agree an individual learning plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying what you want and need to gain from the course. You will build up a folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive supportive feedback throughout the course and track your progress through your Individual Learning Plan.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    • A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
    • You will also need to bring a pen and a notepad to take notes.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Mohmed Chohan
    01204 482371

    Collete Fitsgerald
    Sue Bain Office Manager 01204 482920 DD

  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    To enrol on this course:
    • Visit a Community Learning Centre or College to enrol. See our website for enrolment times.
    • Contact the person shown in the last section to arrange an interview/informal discussion (as a last resort)

    You may need to take proof of any benefits you receive or evidence of your eligibility to do the course. You can find further information at
    If you have any questions about fees, eligibility or the course then drop us an email or give us a call.
  • Course Fees

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    This course is free for all learners
  • Future opportunities

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    You may be able to progress to other IT related courses including accredited courses or try something completely different. Your tutor will give you advice and guidance on other courses within the college.

    Free English and maths courses are available to all leaners who do not hold a current GCSE at grade C or above
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 12:00
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    9 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane & Derby Community Learning Centre

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