This course has concessions available


Perfect for students who have no experience of computing. We provide an opportunity for guided 'hands-on' experience on how to use computer, mouse, keyboard and printer. A chance to demystify the computer in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn how to get started, then how to do basic word processing, use the internet and have a chance to practice your new skills before you join the improver's class.

Please come to one of our regular Assessment sessions on a Thursday or Friday morning to join this class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is for those with no previous knowledge of computing (Windows) and who want to be brought up to speed before trying other courses (Computer for Improvers or Entry level accredited courses).

What does this course cover

For students who have no experience of computing. Provides an opportunity for guided 'hands-on' experience on how to use computer, mouse, keyboard and printer. The tutors are specially chosen to provide everyday words and with a sympathetic approach.
Main functions and parts of a computer; Using mouse and keyboard; Starting to use Windows; Games; Paint; Controlling windows; Switching programs; Shutdown; Help; Introduction to wordprocessing with Word; Saving files; changing text; Printing; File managing including folders; System settings; Introduction to the Internet; Introduction to email.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Turn on/off a computer.
Know the difference between Hardware and Software.
Navigate the desktop using the mouse and keyboard.
Opening and using standard Programs/Apps.
Understanding files, different file types and how to create, edit and save them.
Managing files and creating folders.

What will it be like

Demonstration using Smartboard through computer-linked projectors, exposition and discussion. One-to-one and Group work. Through tutor-guidance and hands-on experience, the completion of the course objectives.
Ongoing monitoring of students' work including questions, observation and tasks. Start and End of class student self-assessment/achievement tick sheet.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
As much practice as possible to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or from homework given by the tutor.

What this course could lead to

Further Study at The Mary Ward Centre.
Advice will be given by your tutor and you can visit or regular Advice and Guidance sessions for an assessment at Mary Ward Centre and Blackfriars Settlement.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’