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Basic Computer Skills for Work and Life

  • Overview of the course

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    The course aims are to develop the knowledge and understanding of Word Processing, Spreadsheets & PowerPoint Office applications and gives you 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. It will also give you an understanding of how to stay safe when using a computer and the internet.
  • What you'll learn

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    ? Produce a variety of business documents (business letter, posters 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).
    ? Produce a business poster and insert and format at least 2 images and position them appropriately within the document i.e. wrap, resize, align, border etc.
    ? 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 at a variety of charts from your Excel data.
    ? Create a presentation using a range of design techniques (use a variety of display techniques i.e. themes, transitions, animations etc.
    ? Document print options.
    ? The basics to how to stay safe whilst working on-line.

  • Entry requirements

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    (Entry requirements: )
    ? Minimum English Entry level 3 (or equivalent) required;
    ? Very basic knowledge of using Microsoft Word & PowerPoint.
  • 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.
    Bolton College certificate awarded on production of a summary of work and attendance requirement of at least 80% reached.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    ? 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).
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £108.00
    Other fees: £10.00
  • Future opportunities

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    The IT User Skills Level 1 (ECDL) is 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 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:

    12:30 - 15:30
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    10 weeks

  • Venue:

    Brownlow Fold Community Learning Centre

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