Computers for Beginners (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

(Women Only)

We are proud of our diverse learner groups, and range of support to enable access for all learners regardless of ability or background. However, we also recognize that some women benefit from the supportive and close-knit environment of a women-only class, which can help to develop the skills, confidence and ambition to succeed in mainstream education, work and community settings.

Some women have been socially marginalised because they left school with few or no qualifications, have a disability or have had their education or career plans disrupted by caring responsibilities. Some women have also experienced abusive or unhealthy relationships with friends, partners or family, and this can be an additional barrier to moving on.

Do you have little experience of using a computer and want to get more confident in using your computer at home or at work? This course will enable you to find your comfortable starting point and better understand some of the basic skills you will need. By the end of the course you will have the ability and self-confidence in using some of the simple functions of word processing and the internet. This course is taught in the class room in a socially distanced and safe setting at the Hillcroft campus.

Course Content

This course will provide a ?taster experience? of how to use a computer. The course will enable you to find your comfortable starting point. It is designed for women with little or no previous computer knowledge. On this course you will:
Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard confidently
Familiarise yourself with computer terminology
Learn how to use basic word processing functions
Learn how to use the Internet

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

Assessment Methods

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Further Study Options

Word Processing Software Level 1
You will achieve personal goals
You will receive a college certificate

Other IT courses at this Level.

Additional Information

The course is designed for women with little or no previous computer knowledge.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.