IT for Beginners

Code Duration Start Day Time Tutor Fee Venue Concessions
VCCOZ339 8 weeks 30th Apr 2019 Tuesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm Simon Waters £70 Varndean College Yes

Course Information

Who Is This For?
The course is aimed at students who are new to using IT and who have little or no experience of using a computer. Students may have had no experience of using a mouse or keyboard and may wish to find out more about what they can do with a computer.
What Will I Learn?
Discussion and question and answer sessions will provide you with the knowledge to use a computer correctly. Practical exercises will provide new students with the experience of using a mouse and keyboard and will build confidence in using IT equipment. You will learn how to produce a simple poster in Word. This will include basic formatting such as Bold, Italic and Underline. You will be able to add images to the poster and save and print the posters created. You will gain experience of navigating the Internet and searching effectively for information. Exercises may include local information such as what's on at the cinema, looking up information about a hobby or interest, or searching for a holiday. You will have the opportunity to set up your own email account and learn how to send, receive and reply to email. You will be able to send emails with data attached, such as pictures, images and text files.
Content of the Course
This course will provide new students with the experience of using a mouse and keyboard and will build your confidence in using IT equipment. You will learn how to produce a simple poster in Word. This will include basic formatting such as Bold, Italic and Underline. You will be able to add images to the poster and save and print the posters created. You will gain experience of navigating the Internet and searching effectively for information. Exercises may include local information such as what's on at the cinema, looking up information about a hobby or interest, or searching for a holiday. You will have the opportunity to set up your own email account and learn how to send, receive and reply to email. You will be able to send email with data attached, such as pictures, images and text files.
Assessment Details
Informal assessment takes place in the classroom with your tutor as part of the course activity. This is not an exam course.
Teaching Methods
Discussion and question and answer sessions. Individual work on your own computer.
What's Next?
You can progress onto the ITQ Level 1 Certificate course or other IT courses.

Financial Information

If you are studying an accredited course at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 you may be eligible for a concessionary rate.

  • If you are unemployed and claiming Job Seekers Allowance/Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit.
  • Unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit and wish to upskill to enter employment. (You will need to complete a self-declaration form).
  • Employed but seeking employment.
  • If you are employed but earn less than £15736.50.
  • It is your first level 2 or Level 3 qualification and you are aged 19-23.

You must enrol in person at the college and bring evidence of benefit; proof of age (passport/driving licence) or pay slips with you. This must be dated within three months of the course start date. Please contact the Registry on 01273 546604 for further information.

If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit or on a low income you may apply to the Learning Support Fund for help with travel, childcare costs and some tuition fees.

You will be required to complete a learner support application form and provide evidence of benefit or income support your application. Please contact the Adult Education Office on 01273 546602 for further information.

If your course costs more than £200 you may apply to pay in three instalments.

You must complete and sign an instalment form. The first payment will be taken on application, followed by a further payment at the start of the course and a final payment 2 months later. Please note that a handling charge of 10% of the course fee (up to a maximum of £30) is added to all instalment payments. You will still be liable for the full cost of the course if you leave the course prior to all instalments being paid. Please contact the Registry Department on 01273 546604 for further information.

No refunds are given once a course has started. If a course is cancelled by the college you will receive a full refund of all fees paid. If you decide to cancel your enrolment before the class starts your payment will be refunded less a 20% administration charge (up to a maximum of £50). If you decide to cancel your enrolment for a Saturday workshop less than 72 hours before the class your payment will be refunded less an 80% administration charge.


Please ring the Adult Education office on 01273 546602 for further information.