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New : Preparing For ECDL Level 2

A course for those who have a Level 1 qualification or for students with computing experience who want to know if the Level 2 will be the right course for them. Prepare for the ECDL Level2 course by gaining familiarity with MicroSoft Office applications: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In this short course you will learn the fundamentals of computer File Management, Word processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations.

As well as attaining the pre-requisite abilities for the ECDL Level2 course, students will gain a basic working knowledge of the key Office applications which are valued skills in the workplace.

Please note that the class will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB.
This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Who is this course for

Those who have confidence with PCs or Apple Mac, familiarity with MicroSoft Office, Email and the Internet, and wish to prepare for moving on to gain a recognised ITQ Level2 qualification.

What does this course cover

PC File Management: navigating the Windows Explorer, organising folders and files, recognising popular file types, searching, sorting, copying, moving, deleting and renaming files. Learn how to send files via email, manage zip folders, and access files from a PC drive, memory stick or smartphone.

MicroSoft Office: starting programs, opening files, switching between applications, organising windows, navigating the ribbon, customising the Quick Access Toolbar, using keyboard shortcuts and downloading templates from the web.

Word Processing: creating and saving documents, entering and editing text, copy/cut/paste, spell-checking, formatting text, page layout and printing docs.

Spreadsheets: understanding terminology, creating and navigating Excel workbooks, recognising good practise in spreadsheet layout, inputting and finding data, editing worksheets.

Presentations: running a slideshow, updating slides and applying designs.

eLearning: introduction to online learning resources like Moodle, downloading and saving supporting materials.

By the end of the course learners will be able to;
' start the various Office programs
' open, create and save documents and spreadsheets
' run a Slide Show
' organise files and folders
' locate online templates and help websites

What will it be like

Tutor-led discussions plus demonstrations on a smartboard. Students each have a PC to practise techniques and perform practical exercises. Individual guidance is given where required.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Pen and notebook, USB memory stick.

What this course could lead to

Mary Ward Centre course ECDL Extra ITQ Level 2 Certificate, or ECDL Level 1 if more suitable.
If you want to enrol on the next qualification, you will need to fill in a re course assesemtn form or attend an advice session.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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