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Learning with Devon ACL

Computing

  • Do you need more computer skills?
  • Are you reluctant to use a computer?
  • Would you like to use the Internet to keep in touch with family?
  • Do you need a qualification for work? • Would you like to make better use of Office software?
  • Have you ever wanted to create your own web site?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then we have a course for you!
Classes are small, friendly and offer lots of personal advice and guidance to help you to get the most from your computer.

Exciting courses for the home!

People of all ages and abilities made the start by joining one of our courses. As well as learning new skills or gaining a recognised qualification, they have now found that their confidence has also grown.

  • Computing for Beginners
  • Searching the Web
  • Sending & Receiving Emails
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Word Processing, Spreadsheets & Databases
  • Website Design

New qualifications for the workplace!

These courses are primarily designed for use in the workplace,they are comprehensive courses which lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Anyone wishing to join these courses should be reasonably confident in using a computer.

  • ITQ
  • Computerised Accounting using Sage
  • Manual Accounting
  • Touch Typing

Some of the comments our learners have made:

  • ‘Before this course I couldn’t even switch on a computer’
  • ‘It’s a lot easier than I thought’
  • ‘Not terrified any longer’
  • ‘Opened-up a new world to me’
  • ‘Built up confidence as I hadn’t ever used a computer before’
  • ‘Enjoyed it very much, learnt a lot AND it was fun’
  • ‘Got a job after gaining my European Computer Driving Licence’



Please see below generic Computing course types which are held at various locations throughout Devon.
Please click on the course type that is of interest and you will see a brief description of the subject:
(to return to this list please click on "Return to Course Titles").

Course Title

Beginners Computing

Computerised Accounts (Sage)

Databases

Desktop Publishing

Digital Photography

Internet & E-mail

ITQ Level 2

Course Title

Manual Accounts

Powerpoint Presentations

Spreadsheets

Touch -Typing (E-type)

Website Design

Word Processing


Beginner’s Computing

This course is suitable for adults who are complete beginners to computing & is suitable for anyone who is trying to gain employment, already in employment, or who is retired.  It’s also suitable for anyone who intends to progress to further learning.
You will learn how to:

  • use a computer safely;
  • use a word processor to produce simple documents;
  • search for & use information, such as images;
  • use the Internet.


Computerised Accounts (Sage)
This type course is suitable for adults with existing basic computer experience who want to achieve a qualification in computerised accounting.
You will learn how to:

  • create accounts using computerised software;
  • process accounting transactions using computerised software;
  • produce customer documentation using computerised accounts;
  • produce supplier documents using computerised accounts;
  • understand how to use batch control sheets;
  • produce reports using computerised accounts software;
  • select & print accounting reports for management purposes.


Databases
This course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of databases & how to use them.
You will learn how to:

  • create & maintain a database;
  • add, delete & sort data;
  • search a database & save the results of searches;
  • print a complete database & filter parts of them.


Desktop Publishing
This course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of desktop publishing – DTP – & how to use it.
You will learn how to:

  • use a desktop publisher;
  • set-up page layouts;
  • change the appearance of text & images;
  • print & save the document.


Digital Photography
This type of course is suitable for adults with existing basic computer skills who want to know how to use their digital camera, transfer photographs from their camera to a computer & print the result.
Depending on the level of course you will learn how to:

  • set-up a digital camera & take a photograph;
  • use the flash function & the auto-timer;
  • minimise ‘red-eye’;
  • manipulate & edit images;
  • add text;
  • transfer images to a computer;
  • save & file images;
  • print photographs.


Internet & E-mail
This course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of using the Internet & e-mail.
You will learn about:

  • the hardware, software & terminology associated with connecting to, & using, the Internet;
  • choosing an Internet Service Provider & web browser to connect to the Internet;
  • refining Internet searches – e.g. including or excluding search terms, searching for exact phrases;
  • using bookmarks, history & navigation buttons;
  • downloading information from the Internet, & saving & printing web pages;
  • using e-mail to send, receive, reply to, forward & delete messages;
  • attaching documents to e-mail messages, & opening, saving & printing them from received messages;
  • security – e.g. viruses, passwords.


ITQ 2
ITQ is an industry standard computer qualification covering a large range of computer skills at level 2, so adults who want to broaden their skills & knowledge should already have experience of using a computer.
You will learn about:

  • word processing – inserting & formatting tables; inserting clipart, resizing & moving images;
  • spreadsheets – entering, editing, formatting & deleting data; using formulae; creating charts & graphs;
  • databases – creating a database; formatting fields; running queries; creating & printing reports;
  • using mail merge;
  • presentations – creating slides; running slide show presentations; adding animation effects; manipulating text.


Manual Accounts
Adults who want to achieve a qualification in manual – non-computerised – accounting.
You will learn how to:

  • prepare bank reconciliation;
  • record cash & credit transactions in books of original entry;
  • prepare bank reconciliation;
  • understand the petty cash imprest system;
  • extract a trial balance from ledger accounts.


PowerPoint Presentations
This course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of creating PowerPoint presentations & how to use them.
You will learn how to:

  • create a presentation;
  • enter & edit text, images & shapes;
  • print & show a multi-slide presentation.


Spreadsheets
This course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of spreadsheets & how to use them.
You will learn how to:

  • create a spreadsheet or working with an existing one;
  • use formulas & functions to automatically perform calculations;
  • create & print graphs & charts.


Touch-Typing (e-Type)
This course is suitable for adults with existing basic computer experience & who want to improve their speed & comfort entering data into a computer using a keyboard.
You will learn how to:

  • no longer to look down at your fingers whilst typing;
  • reduce typing errors that would otherwise slow you down;
  • gain confidence when using a computer;
  • use your computer more productively, whether at work or at leisure;
  • adopt a better posture & reduce levels of stress;
  • work faster & more accurately in everyday tasks, such as typing letters, documents & emails.


Website Design
This type of course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of creating a website.
Depending on the level of course you will learn how to:

  • analyse user requirements, including storyboarding;
  • create a website consisting of one or more pages;
  • insert, format, resize & position images, text, tables & hyperlinks;
  • test websites;
  • publish web pages.


Word Processing
This type of course is suitable for adults who already have experience of using a computer & who want to develop their existing skills to include a practical understanding of word processing.
You will learn how to:

  • use a word processor efficiently;
  • create & edit documents;
  • change the appearance of text & graphics, such as bullets, logos, letterheads, colour, font & font size;
  • change the position & alignment of text;
  • use page numbering, headers & footers;
  • save & print documents.

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