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Computing and Digital Skills

Computing courses

We offer a range of computing courses from Refresh Your Computer Skills to ECDL Extra. Our courses are held at a number of venues across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole at different times of the day and evening. These courses are not fully funded by the government and some learners will need to pay a fee to attend.

Our accredited ICT courses (Improve your Computer Skills, Enhance your Computer Skills and ECDL Extra) will help you:

  • Improve your job prospects
  • Develop skills in using ICT
  • Gain a nationally-recognised qualification


In order to enrol on any of our accredited ICT courses, you will need to contact our Customer Services team on 01202 262300 | 01305 819059 to book onto an enrolment session.

At the enrolment session you will be asked to complete an ICT assessment and self-assessment checklist. If you do not have an English qualification at Level 1 or above you may be asked to complete a short English assessment task. You will then receive further information and advice and have the opportunity to ask questions about the course.

We also run Digital Essentials workshops for learners who are currently enrolled on any Skills and Learning course. These cover a variety of topics designed to help you use your digital skills to gain work or progress in the workplace.


Refresh your Computer Skills

A three-week short course for learners who have little to no experience of using computers and wish to develop basic computing skills. There is no exam or assessment and course content may vary depending on learners’ needs.

Want to enrol?

To book your place on our Refresh your Computer Skills course click on the link below

Other ICT courses

Improve your Computer Skills (Functional Skills ICT, Entry Level 2 – Entry Level 3)

A fourteen-week course for learners with little experience of using computers. This course will help you to develop skills such as:

  • Searching for information on the Internet
  • Sending emails
  • Word processing
  • File management
  • Presenting and communicating information using ICT

Enhance your Computer Skills (Certificate in IT User Skills Level 1 – Level 2)

A nineteen-week (or nine-week intensive) course for learners with some experience of using a computer, who wish to further develop their skills. This course will cover topics such as:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presenting and communicating information using IT
  • Improving productivity using IT

You will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence compiled throughout the course.

ECDL Extra (Level 2)

A nineteen-week course for learners who are more experienced at using a computer and who wish to gain a well respected qualification. The course covers the following four modules:

  • Word Processing
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreadsheets
  • Improving Productivity using IT

You will take an exam at the end of each module.

Want to enrol?

For all other listed ICT courses you will need to attend an admission session. You can sign up by giving us a call on 01202 262300 | 01305 819059 or pop into one of our Learning Centres. You will need to bring proof of ID with you to your admissions session.

Can't find what your looking for?

Our Train-&-Grow computing courses are designed for those looking to extend their computer skills. We offer a range of courses in Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Publisher.

Contact us
For enrolment or queries: 01202 262300 | 01305 819059


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