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Information technology (IT)


Find out about our information technology (IT) courses.

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As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic our safety and that of our staff and the local community is extremely important to us and we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of everyone concerned.

Our adult education courses will continue to be delivered remotely and we are gradually returning to face to face when the guidance allows. Some of our provision for vulnerable learners is already taking place face to face in line with Government guidelines. Our position with regards how courses are delivered over the coming months will develop as government advice is updated and lockdown eases. For new enquiries, please for up to date information.

If you have any specific support requests, regarding access to resources or equipment please can you contact your tutor for support directly, or .

Please note that it is still important that you notify your tutor if you are going to be absent from any planned classes, so that absences can be recorded accurately. If you do test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you report this to the NHS Test and Trace service and to your tutor, to help support us support you and other learners accordingly.

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We offer short, fun and interactive learning sessions that will help you improve your employability, communications skills and confidence. On some courses you will learn how to search for jobs from the internet, and how to use digital platforms to practise job applications.

If you study on one of our longer programmes, you will study a broad range of themes including: using email, using the internet, using mobile devices, word processing, using databases, publishing, data management and IT security.

Attending our courses will refresh and improve your overall IT skills and can give you a new focus and confidence to realise your potential in the world of work and specifically working in the IT sector.

Course

Venue

Day

Time

Start Date

No. of Weeks

Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills

Online Live Classes

Monday

1.00pm - 3.00pm

12 April 2021

15

Essential Digital Skills Level 1

The Sjovoll Centre, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Tuesday

9.30am - 12.00pm

13 April 2021

12

Essential Digital Skills Entry Level

The Sjovoll Centre, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Wednesday

9.30am - 12.00pm

14 April 2021

12

Essential Digital Skills Level 1

Online Live Classes

Wednesday

9.30am - 12.00pm

14 April 2021

12

Essential Digital Skills

Seaham Learning Centre, SR7 7JE

Thursday

9.30am - 12.00pm

15 April 2021

12

Get Ready To Learn Online

The Sjovoll Centre, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Thursday

5.00pm - 8.00pm

15 April 2021

3

IT

We are also offering IT courses by distance learning. You will have access to weekly online tutorial sessions with your tutor and an online learning programme that is tailored to meet your learning needs. You will need access to a computer/laptop and the internet to complete these online distance learning programmes. Please contact us for further information.

Level 2 Principles for Digital Skills

This course will help you

  • improve your digital skills for things like job searches and application
  • help you find good quality information
  • look at the importance of managing your online identity
  • look at the importance of digital skills in the workplace itself
  • how to communicate effectively using technology
  • how to protect data and devices and more

This qualification is aimed at anyone who is either in employment or searching for employment, particularly those who wish to develop their digital skills in relation to the management of information and digital safety, security and communication.

Anyone with a basic understanding of IT skills who is searching for career progression, or wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use, would benefit from this course.

Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills

This course will encourage you to think about and learn

  • how IT can be used in different ways including in everyday life
  • to consider the best software and tools for specific tasks; to improve your productivity and efficiency
  • about the importance of IT security; from unwanted emails and spam, to computer viruses and firewalls.

As you progress through the course you will look in detail at presentation and spreadsheet software and will be assessed on your understanding and use of these.

This course is not for beginners, it is ideal for those who work with IT in their current job and for those who are familiar with using a computer and the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

To complete this course you will need access to a computer and a basic level of IT knowledge. It would also help to have some level of confidence in producing your own documents in Word, PowerPoint and Excel (as you will need to do this as part of your assessment). 

Contact us
Adult Learning and Skills Service
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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