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Basic Computer/Digital Skills for Work & Life

  • Overview of the course

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    The course aims are to develop the knowledge and understanding to navigate and locate information on the Internet and communicate effectively via email. You will also create, retrieve, edit, save and print a variety of MS documents (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) which will provide an insight into document display techniques for everyday use. We will show you how to make your documents look professional and have fun whilst creating them. The course will also provide you with an understanding of how to be responsible and minimising the physical stress whilst working online.
  • What you'll learn

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    • Produce a variety of business documents (business letters, posters, menus and letterhead templates) using the correct layout and effective proofread techniques.

    • Edit and format a word-processed document (use at least 5 different techniques from the Home tab) also well as inserting images and tables.

    • Create a variety of spreadsheets workbooks suitable for both work and home use.

    • Use a range of formulas to calculate data correctly – addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, average, autosum etc.

    • Create presentations using a range of design techniques (use a variety of display techniques i.e. themes, transitions, animations etc.

    • Create, save, edit, retrieve and print documents.

    • Communicate via email: compose, reply, forward and attach documents.

    • The basics to how you can protect yourself and minimise the physical stresses whilst working on-line.

  • Entry requirements

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    • Minimum English Entry level 3 (or equivalent) required;

    • Very basic knowledge of using Microsoft Word & PowerPoint and locating information on the Internet.

  • 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 evidence that will demonstrate 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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    Please bring along to class a ring binder folder, this will be useful and help keep your work organised
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Maxine Houghton – Curriculum Leader for Computing & Digital Business Services & Hospitality Tel: 01204 482274 Email:
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    • Contact the person shown in the last section to arrange an interview/informal discussion.

    • Visit a Community Learning Centre or College to enrol, or apply on-line.

  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 01 February 2023. Last class: 07 Jun 2023
    • Wednesday : 09:15 - 11:45
  • Course Fees

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  • Future opportunities

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    The free Essential Digital Computer Skills is the standard progression from this course, also be aware that free English and maths courses may be available to our leaners who do not hold a current GCSE at grade 4 or above.

    Other courses available to support your learning:

     Free English and maths courses for those who have not yet attained a grade at 4 at GCSE.

     Free digital literacy courses for beginners in computing and tablets

     Free positive steps to wellbeing courses to support improved mental wellbeing, health and confidence

     A range of employability skills courses

    Information, advice and guidance is available at all Bolton College centres. Our Adult Community Learning Job Coach is available to support learners who are seeking employment

  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    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, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. 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 applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided 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.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    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 the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom 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, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:15 - 11:45
    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    15 weeks

  • Venue:

    Brownlow Fold Community Learning Centre

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