Digital skills - computers (ICT)

Computers and digital devices play a major part in our daily lives and we are

encouraged to find and access more services online.

If you have a need to improve your digital and computer skills for home or the workplace you can join one

of our free bite-size learning sessions. We can help you develop the skills needed to access the internet

for everyday use and for work related activities.

On these courses you will learn to:

  • use devices and handle information - using devices, finding and evaluating information, managing and storing information, identifying and solving technical problems
  • create and edit - creating and editing documents and digital media, processing numerical data
  • communicate - communicating, sharing, and managing traceable online activities
  • transact - using online services, buying securely online
  • be safe and responsible online - protecting privacy and data, being responsible online, digital wellbeing.

Our courses are designed for absolute beginners to more advanced users. If you have never used a computer or tablet before we can get you started. We will be offering taster courses and essential digital skills qualifications at all three neighbourhood learning centres.

Please call us on 01384 818143 or email

Using Microsoft Word you will learn how to type in and format text and images and save your document to a Removable Storage Device (USB key). You’ll also learn how to open and edit a document. You will be introduced to some basic keyboard, menu and toolbar features, completing short practice exercises throughout. At the end of the course you will be asked to produce a poster using the skills you have learned.

This course uses the Excel package to create and manage spreadsheets and graphical information.

The ability to search for information online is one of the most important digital literacy skills you can possess. It allows you to quickly find what you're looking for without having to sift through pages of irrelevant results. Throughout this tutorial, we'll focus mainly on Google, but many of these techniques will also work with other search engines.

This course is intended as homework for learners currently enrolled on EDS L1.