What is the course about?
This course is will help you feel more confident, knowledgeable and skilful in your internet use either for personal or work use. You will learn essential jargon and terminology - url, hyperlink, router, ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins – and use this knowledge to help you use the Internet more efficiently and securely. You will learn how to set up an internet connection so you can identify what makes a good internet provider and the different types of service available. We will practise using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches. You will learn how to organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar. We will look at some popular and useful webpages and sites and learn where to go to access the news, TV programmes, listen to the radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line. We will practise downloading, uploading. and copying material. And you will learn how to do all this and maintain your security, understanding your privacy status, and remaining lawful.
What will we cover?
• essential jargon and terminology - URL, hyperlink, router, Ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins, cookies – and using this knowledge to help you search on the net more efficiently and securely
• setting up an internet connection – what makes a good internet provider, what different types of services are available, connecting to a public network such as in a café or college
• using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches
• how to organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar
• accessing popular and useful webpages and sites and learning where to go to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• downloading, uploading and copying material
• maintaining your security, understanding your privacy status and remaining lawful – including assessing the merits of anti-virus software, firewalls and various cyber-security software.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use the internet confidently, safely and skilfully for work and person life
• understand and use essential jargon and terminology - url, hyperlink, router, ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins – to search on the internet more efficiently and securely
• explain how set up an internet connection including assessing what makes a good internet provider and identifying the types of service available and the best ones for you
• use different search engines, assess their merits, evaluate and use their results and use appropriate word combinations and other strategies for the best searches
• organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar effectively
• change the settings of common search engines to meet your needs
• access popular and useful webpages and sites including Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Wikipedia, eBay, gov.ac.uk to be able to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• download, upload and copy material
• maintain your security, assess your privacy status and remain lawful.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course and aimed at those who need to build up their confidence using the Internet for use at home or at work whether you are very new to the internet or have been using it for a while. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a practical hands-on course. Each student has their own computer and you will be encouraged to practise as much as possible. An interactive whiteboard will help make demonstrations easy to understand. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is part of our Complete Course for Beginners series. We recommend completing these courses to gain a good foundation in digital skills. Other parts of this programme are:
a) Becoming confident on your computer
b) Becoming confident with emails and internet communication
c) Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
d) Becoming confident in file management on your PC
e) Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet
f) Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating
An excellent follow-on course from these Beginner courses is A digital citizen: becoming MORE confident on your computer and the Internet. Other good progression courses include: ECDL Level 1 award (with a qualification), Digital skills to find a better job, Digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and Smartphone, Learning to use your smartphone (Android), Learning to use your iPhone. We also run a range of introductory courses in Microsoft Office programs. Your tutor will advise you on the best course to do. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details