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This IT course in Brighton is perfect for people who are new to computing and IT or have some experience in using computers.


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.


Those with more experience can develop their skills in Word – including creating posters, adverts and letters.  You will also improve your knowledge of email including how to create groups, forwarding and deleting emails. Find out more about using the internet for online shopping and planning your journeys with Google Maps.


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


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COURSE TUTOR: David Purkiss

DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Tuesday

TIME: 10am-12pm


Spring: 23 January – 2 April 2020 (half term 20 February 2020)

WHERE: Moulsecoomb Primary School







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.

Improvers can further their IT knowledge through learning more about Word e.g. creating posters, adverts and letters, developing skills in using the internet for online shopping and planning journeys with Google Maps.


Who this course is for?

The course is for complete beginners to computing and those who would like to improve their knowledge of computers and use them more confidently.


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

For Complete Beginners:

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

For Improvers:

  • Recognise the names of computer parts
  • Recognise the main icons used on the computer
  • Create and save a picture using Paint
  • Type, format and save a letter in Word
  • Add a picture to a letter in Word
  • Use spell check, add a header and footer, create, modify and format a table in Word
  • Create an advert using Word
  • Create a menu in Word using guidelines
  • Create and organise computer files and folders
  • Use favourites and downloads
  • Add items to an online shopping basket
  • Search for a map, use street view and find directions
  • Sign into your email account, add people to your contacts and create a group
  • Send an email using CC and BBC options and discuss the purpose of these
  • Sign-out of your account


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 10am-12pm or 1-3pm or 5.30-7.30pm at Friends Centre

IT for Beginners & Improvers – Thursdays 10am-12pm at Moulsecoomb Primary School

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



Thursday 23 January 2020 - Thursday 2 April 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sessions: 10

Full price: £15
Concession rate (if available): N/A
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Moulsecoomb Primary School


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