IT For Beginners (Entry Level)





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About the course

These are supportive and friendly step-by-step courses for adults aged 19 to retirement age who want to improve their computer skills. Each course is 8 teaching-weeks long. You can start at the level based on what you already know and, if you want to, progress through the levels to add to your skills.


Entry Level 1 is for absolute beginners starting from switching on a computer and logging in using a password. The teacher will guide you through learning how to use a mouse, basic keyboard skills and typing in a document. You will also learn how to save a document somewhere that you can find it again and how to print a document as well as how to label a picture. The teacher will help you to set up a new email account or access one that you already have. You will also learn how to receive, read and understand emails.


Entry Level 2 includes more practice of the Entry Level 1 skills plus copying and pasting text and pictures and making your documents look nice by changing the colour and size of your typing and adding attractive page borders. It also includes creating new emails, replying to and printing emails.


Entry Level 3 includes more practice of the Entry Level 1 and Entry Level 2 skills plus how to search the internet and use internet images and maps in your documents. You will learn how to find the information you need in a text and how to control the way that an image looks on your page. You will also learn how to use a memory stick and basic spreadsheet skills.


When you have completed Entry Level 3 you can move on to our Level 1 course.

Business benefits

This course is suitable for those already in work and for those wanting to move into work.

Entry Requirements

No previous computer experience is required. Your level of English needs to be above Entry Level 1. You need to have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last three years.

This course is for adults aged 19+. No previous experience required.

What will I do on this course?

Essential IT skills to become competent using a computer. Including:

  • Keyboard and mouse skills
  • Sending, receiving and replying to emails
  • Understanding what you see on the screen and using onscreen buttons and tabs.
  • Typing into a document, changing how it looks, adding pictures and making it look professional.
  • Saving things and finding them again.
  • Logging in and logging out safely and securely
  • Using software to meet your needs and solve problems
  • Being safe online including using passwords


Entry 3 (the highest level) also includes:

  • Searching the internet safely and effectively for specific information
  • Making simple changes to a spreadsheet
  • Making a column of numbers add up automatically


It can also include:

  • Attaching documents to an email

  • Registering with online agencies, applying online and using Universal Jobmatch

  • Job search to meet individual needs
Who is it for?

This course is for adults aged 19 to retirement age.

How to apply
  • Go to Advice and Enrolment at Ashley Down Centre, College Green Centre or South Bristol Skills Academy

  • Ring the college on 0117 3125000

  • Email
How Is this course assessed?

There will be an exam at the end of each level. The teacher will help you to learn all of the skills that you need to pass and you will have plenty of time to practice during the course. When you have passed the exam you will receive an Information and Communication Technology Functional Skills qualification and certificate at your level.

What could I do next?

These courses are designed so that you can move straight onto the next Entry Level course or you can take a break, come back and pick it up again later. When you have passed Entry Level 3, you can move on to our Level 1 IT for Beginners course.

Improving your computer skills can also open doors to many other courses within the college.


Additional cost

There is no additional cost.


You will need to do an Initial Assessment to make sure that this is the right course for you.

Adult pathways

This course is for adult learners only.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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