This beginners’ IT course in Brighton is perfect for people who are new to computing and IT.


This IT course will help you to learn computer basics including how to use a mouse and keyboard, word processing, organising files and folders, searching the internet and sending and receiving email.


Our beginners’ IT course is suitable for both desktop and laptop users, and we will supply you with your own laptop in the classroom.


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COURSE TUTOR: David Purkiss

DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Monday

TIME:  1pm – 3pm


Autumn: 23 September 2019 – 2 December 2019 (half term 28 October 2019)

WHERE: Brighton Junction



 This course cannot be booked online please contact Friends Centre to enrol.

This course aims to:

Provide an introduction to using information technology, giving an understanding of the computer basics including using the mouse, creating letters and posters, organising files and folders, using the Internet and email.


Who this course is for?

The course is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of computers and use them more confidently.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Turn on and off a computer and/or laptop
  • Use a mouse with confidence
  • Understand and use basic computer terminology including what is meant by a programme
  • Use Microsoft Word to type and format text and save your work
  • Add bullet points to lines of text
  • Type and save a letter
  • Insert and format Word Art text and Clip Art images
  • Create a letter and poster
  • Know the uses of files and folders and learn how to create, delete and rename them
  • Copy, cut and paste files and folders
  • Know the uses of the internet, search the internet for websites using the address bar and Google
  • Register for an email account, create, send and reply to emails
  • Sign into your email account, send, open and save an attachment


What materials will I need for the course?

Ring binder, notepaper and pens, a memory stick is also an option if you would like to save a copy of your work.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Ring binder, notepaper and pens £2, memory stick depending on size costs around £10.


How will I know I am making progress?

The tutor will discuss aims and outcomes at the beginning of each lesson and then refer back to these at the end of each session to check what has been learnt. The tutor will provide informal feedback during the course and evaluation forms will be used to indicate what you know at the beginning and end of the course, to show your progress, as well as learning journals being used through the course.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

It is optional to practise the work covered in the lessons outside of the class. You will need a computer with Microsoft Word and access to the Internet.


Who is the course tutor?

David Purkiss is an adult education tutor with over 10 years’ experience.  David teaches at Friends Centre, PACA Adult Education and the Hangleton and Knoll IT project (HaKIT), delivering computer drop-ins, taster sessions and courses. He has a 2:1 in Computing and Information Systems from Brighton University, holds a First Class: An Introduction to Teaching and Learning OCN Level 3 and has most recently completed the PGCE Teaching course at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.


What next?

Next Steps in IT – Mondays 1-3pm or 5.30-7.30pm at Friends Centre

Next Steps in IT – Tuesdays 1-3pm at the Whitehawk Inn



Monday 23 September 2019 - Monday 2 December 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sessions: 10

Full price: £15
Concession rate (if available): N/A
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Brighton Junction


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