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Learn about … Computer essentials

Free courses to help you use a computer, the internet and office programs like spreadsheets and word processors.

By Fraser Graham Nov 13, 2020

Become a confident computing whizz with these 6 helpful courses.

Having basic computer skills are essential for nearly any job these days, especially now that lockdown means you might be working for home a lot more! If you are hoping to get an office-based job, you will need to know these essential skills.

Course 1: Good Things Foundation - Learn My Way

Collection of resources to help you use the internet.

This course covers:

  • How to use your computer or device
  • Finding a job online
  • Using public service
  • Using office programs like Microsoft Word or Excel

Time: Under 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 2: Good Things Foundation - Make It Click

Over 150 resources to help with digital skills.

This course covers:

  • Sending emails
  • Creating a CV
  • Editing photos
  • Advice for working from home

Time: Under 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 3: Microsoft - Get the best out of Microsoft Outlook

Learn how to use Microsoft Outlook, an email program used in the workplace.

This course covers:

  • Sending an email
  • Booking a meeting
  • Managing your calendar
  • Organising a to-do list

Time: Under 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 4: Lloyds Bank - Learn for Everyday Life

Over 30 resources to help with digital skills, organisation and finance.

This course covers:

  • Staying safe online
  • Using office programs, such as Microsoft Word
  • Working with digital devices
  • Improving your CV

Time: Under 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 5: Accenture and FutureLearn - Digital Skills: Digital Skills for Work and Life

Find out how digital is changing our personal and professional lives. Develop the skills to succeed in a digital world.

This course covers:

  • The meaning of 'digital'
  • How digital is changing the ways we work and live
  • Its impact on jobs and industries
  • The opportunities and challenges of digital
  • How to adopt a 'growth mindset'Time: 2 hours

Study type: Scheduled, no instructor

Cost: Free

You will receive a certificate upon completion.

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Course 6: The Open University - Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world

Find out how to use digital technology safely and critically.

This course covers:

  • How to be confident about your online indentity
  • Choosing and using the best online tool for a task
  • Using technology confidently and critically
  • Identifying digital skills to develop further

Time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

You will receive a certificate upon completion.

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