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. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. 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
  3. Creating photobooks using Apple Photos
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use Apple’s built in Photos programme to organise your photographs and create photobooks with them.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  4. Learning to use your iPhone
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Mar 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:  Thu 14 Mar 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. Using Apple Mac OS: short introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about Apple Mac computers: the desktop, layout and environment, how to open, save and close files, and navigate the operating system.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
    Rating:
    84% of 100
  7. Getting started: becoming confident on your computer and online (complete beginner)
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you completely new to computers and the Internet? This course will help you get started on using a computer and the internet. You will learn all the basics and the key terms you need to starting becoming confident on a computer and online. You will learn about different files and how to create and save them. You will learn how to write and send simple letters and emails. You will develop your internet skills so you can find information and complete online forms. Finally, you do all of this while learning how to remain safe online and to keep your files secure.



    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 £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  8. Managing files on Apple maciOS and iCloud
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Ever wonder how to get to grips with your iPhone, iPad and iCloud file storage? This course is intended for beginners to experienced users who need to set up and tidy their iCloud storage.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
    Rating:
    75% of 100
  9. Becoming confident on the cloud: OneDrive and Google drive - a new way of sharing and managing your files (foundation)
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The digital world is changing from sending emails to sharing files. Attaching files, sending them, downloading them, working on them, saving them, re-attaching and re-sending them is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, with cloud computing, you can share and collaborate on files either at the same time or separately without any emailing or downloading. Join this course and learn how to do this and stay on top of your file management. Learn how to use OneDrive and Google Drive to create, store, share and collaborate on different types of documents on your PC as well as other devices. Discover also how to maintain security while syncing your devices and accounts. By the end of this course, you will have grasped what cloud-computing means and be confident of exploring it further.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  10. 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
  11. Essential digital skills for work (Level 1)
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you have some digital skills but lack confidence to use them? Would you like to gain the most essential digital skills needed for today's workplace? If so, and you need to develop the foundational digital skills for today's job market, this is the course for you. The course will give you the confidence to use different digital devices and tools to collaborate and communicate efficiently with work colleagues, to create and edit documents and presentations, and make simple spreadsheets. You will learn about different types of digital communication as well as how to use online resources for finding and using information and completing transactions. You will learn the transferable digital skills you need to progress, participate and express yourself in the workplace and gain a qualification. 53% of UK employees do not have the digital skills needed for work. You don't need to be one of them.



    Please note: you MUST pass the first part of the course, attend every class and do the necessary homework. If you do not, you will not be able to continue the course.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Becoming confident on PowerPoint 365 (beginner)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to learn how to create presentations? Are you completely new to PowerPoint? Can you use some PowerPoint features but want to expand your skills? On this course you will learn the essential elements of how to create an effective and engaging presentation from creating slides and slideshows from scratch, to using templates, to appropriate use of images and text. You will focus not only on the specific functions of PowerPoint but also what makes a presentation successful.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
    Course start date:  Fri 17 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to computers and the Internet? Do you need to increase your confidence with digital skills? This course will ensure you have a solid foundation in using computers and being online. You will learn the essential features of creating, saving, storing different types of files and documents, including photos and letters in Word. You will develop your internet skills to find information quickly and efficiently, and learn how to transfer this information to different documents and people. You will also learn the basics of how of how to use Zoom to host meetings and communicate effectively online. Finally, you do all of this while learning how to remain safe online and to keep your files secure.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  14. Becoming confident on Word 365 (beginner)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to Word and word processing? Do you want to learn this essential skill both for work and private life? This course will help you create and organise digital letters and short documents.You will learn all the basic functions of creating documents: adding, copying, moving and formatting text, inserting pictures and creating tables, checking spelling and grammar, changing the page layout and printing different documents accurately. All you need is enthusiasm, and confidence using a mouse and basic keyboard 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 £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £40.00
  15. Staying safe online with your Apple Mac
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be complicated. Find out how to protect yourself, your Apple Mac and your most sensitive data in this short course.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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