Computing Essentials: Introduction/Next Steps

A bespoke combination course, introducing you to basic but essential computing skills.


Why take this course?

The primary aim of this course is to build your confidence when it comes to computers and IT - so if you have no computing experience at all, then this course is for you! We can also accommodate learners who have completed an introductory or beginners level computing course, as the tutor will tailor the tuition accordingly. Whatever your aims, you'll benefit from a broad range of new computer skills.

What you will experience

This course will provide an introduction to the basic uses of Word Processing, Excel Spreadsheets as well as how to create folder structures and keep stored files tidy. For more confident learners, basic functions of PowerPoint will also be covered.


  • Very basic computing skills
  • Basic mouse and keyboard functions
  • Familiarisation with the Windows environment
  • Basic file management
  • Introduction to Word

Next Steps:

  • Further exploration of Word
  • Formatting and aligning text
  • Working with images
  • Inserting ClipArt and pictures
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Opening, closing and saving worksheets
  • Creating graphs
Student at a computer

Key facts

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Entry requirements

This course is for those who want to enrol on an introductory/next steps computing course in the Ellon area. 

What you need to know

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