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Learn My Way – Introductory IT

Welcome to Online Basics! This short package of courses will help you get to grips with using computers and the internet. It covers:

How to use a keyboard and mouse

How to search and explore the internet

How to keep in touch with email

How to stay safe online

The basics of using online public services

These courses offer a great first step into using computers and the Internet for everyday activities.

With 16 additional modules at your finger tips you can gain confidence in a safe and simple learning environment. Learning how to contact family or friends in other countries via email or video calling, cut the queues by banking online, find out your local doctors surgery’s opening hours, renewing your driving licence online are just some of the day to day tasks our UK Online courses can help you with. Free of charge no matter what your circumstance is and options to learn at the centre with support available or independently from home – there are surely no more excuses not to get online!


Digital Skills Award

(GLH: 54) This programme will enable you to achieve a qualification in basic computer literacy through four easy to navigate online modules.

Computer Basics

This unit gives learners an introduction to a computer. It covers:

How to start a computer and understand the different hardware.

Learning about some of the terminology used.

How to organise files by creating, copying and pasting or deleting.

The basic skills required to setup, edit and print documents.

Online Basics

This unit introduces learners to the internet and the World Wide Web. It covers:

How to search for information and make purchases online.

Using email and communicating online.

How to speak to family and friends for free using Skype.

Staying safe online from viruses and protecting personal information.

How to use parental controls.

Social Media

This unit provides learners with the skills and know-how to use social networking features effectively and safely. It covers:

Learning about what social networking is.

What a personal profile is and how online groups are organised.

Common features of social networking sites such as catching up with friends, sharing the latest news, posting photos and uploading videos.

Understanding the concept of unsolicited mail and how to deal with spam.

Copyright laws and how they relate to the internet.

Digital Media

This unit provides learners with the skills to create CD’s and DVD’s by using a computer, as well as how to upload and share the files and photos and collaborate online. It covers:

Learning about memory, capacity and different digital media file types.

Understanding how to play files on a range of devices

Learning about common terms such as Blu-ray, high definition and DRM.

How to ‘burn’ CD’s and DVD’s

How to upload photos, sound files and videos using the web and social networking sites.

Safety and security considerations when sharing content.


ECDL Essentials (ITQ Level 1)

(GLH: 65)

Security for IT users – Provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting their own data as well as that of other users.

IT user fundamentals – Builds the learner’s confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start-up to productive use and basic computer housekeeping.

Using email and the internet – Helps the learner understand how to use internet and email in a safe and secure way, explaining key terms and developing fundamental knowledge of computer security.

ECDL Extra (ITQ Level 2)

(GLH 120)

Word processing – Develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.

Spreadsheet software – Helps the learner develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, to creating charts utilising formulas and producing high-quality documents.

Presentation software – Shows the learner how to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

Improving productivity using IT – Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Flexible IT Qualifications To Suit You

After being in education as long as we have, we are well aware that each learner is an individual and one size does not fit all. Still haven’t found something that wags your tail yet? Why not create your own? Each of the units below can be offered as singular unit certificate or can be combined to offer you a certified programme tailored specifically to your needs. All qualifications are recognised nationally and hold the ECDL seal of approval.

Unit Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Security for IT Users
Computer Essentials


Online Essentials

(Outlook/ Internet Explorer)

Word Processing








Desktop Publishing


Project Planning


Improving Productivity using IT
Online Collaborative Technologies

(Google Docs, One Drive)

Data Management software



ECDL Advanced – Level 3

(GLH: 45 per module)

Word processing – Examines the advanced features of word processing applications enabling learners to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time.

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

Apply advanced text, paragraph, column and table formatting.

Convert text to a table and vice versa

Work with referencing features like footnotes, endnotes and captions.

Create tables of contents, indexes and cross-references

Enhance productivity by using fields, forms and templates

Apply advanced mail merge techniques and work with automation features like macros

Use linking and embedding features to integrate data

Collaborate on and review documents. Work with master documents and subdocuments.

Apply document security features

Work with watermarks, sections, and headers and footers in a document

Spreadsheet software – Helps the learner develop their spreadsheet skills to expert level and realise the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information.

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

Apply advanced formatting options such as conditional formatting and customised number formatting and handle worksheets

Use functions such as those associated with logical, statistical, financial and mathematical operations

Create charts and apply advanced chart formatting features Work with tables and lists to analyse, filter and sort data.

Create and use scenarios

Validate and audit spreadsheet data

Enhance productivity by working with named cell ranges, macros and templates

Use linking, embedding and importing features to integrate data Collaborate on and review spreadsheets.

Apply spreadsheet security features

Presentation software – A vital unit for learners who want to use advanced features to create high-impact presentations, and demonstrate expert presentation skills.

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

Understand target audience and venue considerations in presentation planning

Create and modify templates and format slide backgrounds

Enhance a presentation using built-in drawing and image tools

Apply advanced chart formatting features and create and edit diagrams

Insert movies and sound and apply built-in animation features

Use linking, embedding, importing and exporting features to integrate data

Work with custom slide shows, apply slide show settings, and control a slide show

Database software – Helps the learner to get more from database applications, by using the many advanced tools available to better organise and manage information.

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

Understand key concepts of database development and usage

Create a relational database using advanced table creation features and complex relationships between tables

Design and use queries to create a table, update, delete and append data. Refine queries using wildcards, parameters and calculations

Use controls and sub forms to enhance forms and improve functionality

Create report controls to perform calculations. Create sub reports and enhance report presentation

Enhance productivity by working with macros and use linking and importing features to integrate data

Improving productivity using IT – Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.