Touch typing and keyboard skills
Time: 18:15 - 20:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
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Course Code: CKB07
Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this course, you will learn how to touch-type in the most efficient and effective way. You will become familiar with the layout of the keyboard and learn to touch type accurately without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Instead you will come to know the location of keys through muscle memory. As a result, you will be able to achieve a much higher typing speed when creating documents or entering data. You will also learn the importance of correct posture, positioning of equipment and how to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) as well as protect your eyes. This course is essential for anyone wanting to work in administration or an office environment.
What will we cover?
• Use of the 'home keys' [asdf jkl;] (where you put your fingers to start typing).
• Step by step learning of all the alphabet keys.
• The importance of ergonomics - correct posture, positioning of equipment, avoidance of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
• Health and safety at work in relation to computer use.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
I• recognise the layout of a Qwerty keyboard.
• identify the home keys and their significance.
• touch type using correct posture and positioning
• touch type using all ten fingers, looking at the screen not at the keyboard.
• attain a speed of 15-20 words per minute by the end of the course, though this speed will be much increased by regular practice between sessions
• identify key ways of avoiding injury while typing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. You may have learned your own way of typing. This course will show you that a more efficient and effective way is available. 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?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks and functions, with guidance from the tutor. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can achieve challenging aims in an enjoyable and productive way. You will have lots of opportunities to practise as well as understand what you are doing and why. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and interact in a way that is best for them, including working in pairs and groups, as well as on your own. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
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 general digital skills programme. We run a number of courses aimed specifically at the digital skills needed to work in an office or other administrative environment. These include our How to be an Administrator series - for example, How to be an administrator: the essentials, How to be an administrator: time management skills, How to be an administrator: the paperless office. We also run courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, where you will study what you need to work in an office. We also run a general course called IT Skills for the Office: introduction or intermediate. Our courses with qualifications will also be a great help: ECDL Level 1 award, ECDL Levels 2 and 3. Level 3 in particular will leave you fully equipped for any work in the office. Other courses you could do at the same time or after this course include: Becoming confident in file management on your PC, Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet and Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating
Your tutor will advise you on the best course. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.