Digital & general computer skills

Digital Skills & Other Computer Skills

Digital skills are universal, as essential as English and Maths for making progress at work, expressing yourself and participating socially.

Our Digital and Office Skills courses develop all your key digital and computing skills from beginner to advanced. You do not learn just the software but focus on the tasks and goals digital skills help you achieve whether analysing data at work or organising your photos on your smartphone. 

You also develop the most in-demand common work and life skills such as problem-solving, analysing, decision-making, working together, attending to details and seeing the bigger picture.

Courses available both in-person and online

Whether you are a recently redundant manager, a carer returning to work, an experienced office-worker or a retiree, our digital skills courses will help you upskill, communicate more effectively, and become a more active citizen.

You can choose long or short courses, online or in-person, with qualifications or without. 

No matter how you prefer to learn, we have the class for you. Most of our courses are FREE if you are on a low income or claiming benefits.

For initial advice and assessment contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 4582 0423

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Excel: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  Terry Myers
    Learn advanced features of Excel: linking, advanced sorting, filtering, advanced formulae, scenarios, data validation and audit spreadsheet, pivot tables and macros to create and work with complex spreadsheets. This course is suitable for anyone who is involved in Data Analysis using Excel.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. A short introduction to Apple Photos
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use Apple’s built in Photos programme to improve your skills in repairing, improving and organising your photographs.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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  3. Making sense of Windows 11
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to Windows 11? Do you know how to navigate your way round it and take advantage of its many features. Knowing how to use Windows 11 is essential for your digital skills work. This course will help you get to grips with this new operating system so you can use it efficiently and effectively.. It will open doors to the main elements of the software, as well as some of its less accessible applications and tools.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  4. Learning to use your iPhone
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Is your iPhone confusing you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? This short course will help you understand your phone, troubleshoot problems and use some of its most popular features and apps. By the end of the course you will be confident you can use or find out how to use the key features of your phone.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  5. Learning to use your smartphone (Android)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Does your smartphone confuse you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? Understanding and navigating your way round a smartphone is now as important as being able to use a regular computer. This short course will help you understand your Android smartphone, troubleshoot problems and use some of the most popular apps. By the end of the course you will be confident you can use or find out how to use the key features of your phone.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Digital skills for business: presenting and managing professional-looking documents with Word and Excel - from reports to newsletters (intermediate)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you need to present well-organised complex documents at work that are easy to read and follow? Are you responsible for compiling reports or other long documents? On this course, you will develop all the skills you need to use Microsoft Word to create data rich documents which meet professional standards. You will learn time-saving techniques and become skilled in using outlines, templates, consistent formatting, headers, footers, tables, images as well as controlling text flow. You will also work on integrating Excel data into your Word document as well as using mail merge to distribute your documents. These are vital skills across a range of jobs that will not only save you time but also reduce the frustrations often associated with use of Word.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  7. Touch typing and keyboard skills
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to learn to type quickly and efficiently? Are you working or do you want to work in administration? Learn how to type with correct finger placement without looking at the keyboard. Build your speed with practice and speed tests. No previous experience required.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  8. Getting started: becoming confident on Instagram and TikTok (complete beginners)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Have you heard of Instagram but never used it? Have you tried it but are still unsure about its features? Is TikTok something you access but never really use? Then this is the course for you. It will start you on your journey towards digital communication in a supportive environment and help you learn the different ways you can connect to friends, family and the wider world and join the one billion users worldwide. And you will learn to do so safely and securely.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  9. Becoming confident on Excel 365 (beginner)
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to Excel? Have you used Excel a little but lack confidence? Are you unsure about what you use Excel for? On this course, you will learn the key basic functions of Excel so you can begin your journey towards handling, analysing and presenting data effectively. You will learn the main functions of Excel and associated terminology. You will focus on how to create simple worksheets, enter data, present it in a logical and functioning way with formatting that makes it easy to read. You will work on using Excel in place of your calculator to make basic calculations and you will practise turning this data into simple charts and graphs. By the end of this course, you will confident enough to create your own weekly budget calculator. To do this course you'll need to be able to use a mouse, keyboard and basic computer functions.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
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  10. Excel: expert
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  Abbott Katz
    This course is ideal if you want to master you Excel skills for data analysis. You will learn how to create dialogue boxes,combo boxes,spinners,drop down lists,user forms and macros.You should have attended our 'Excel: advanced' course, or have equivalent knowledge or experience.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  11. Excel: tricks and tips for productivity
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jill Rein
    Do you have some familiarity with Excel? Would you like to learn methods that will make your use of the software easier and more efficient? The focus of the day will be to look at different features of Excel as well as adjusting settings and other shortcuts to improve your experience and productivity.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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    100% of 100
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