IT Training Centres

FREE computer training for adults

Whether you’re completely new to computers or want to brush up your existing IT skills, we’re sure to have a course that suits you. Our IT training centres, based in Bedford and Luton, are professional, adult learning environments, located in easy to access venues.

They offer you the chance to train at times convenient to you, with no requirement to attend on the same day or time each week; however most of the qualifications require attendance for four hours a week.

ITQ Level 1 Certificate

This course is aimed at learners who are experienced in using computers to send and receive emails, or to browse the internet, and now need to gain the skills needed to work in a modern office. You will learn to use the most commonly used Microsoft Office programmes and develop your computer skills beyond starter level in the following applications:

» Microsoft Word
» Microsoft Excel
» Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Office

You will also have the opportunity to complete one or more units in:

» Sending and receiving email messages
» Using the internet to find information
» Keeping safe online
» Getting the most out of your mobile phone

                                   

ITQ Level 2 Extended Certificate

This course is aimed at learners who have either achieved the Level 1 Certificate or already have experience, and a good understanding of Microsoft Office programmes. You will learn to develop your computer skills beyond intermediate level in the following applications:

» Microsoft Word
» Microsoft Excel
» Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Office products

You will also complete the following Level 1 units:

» Sending and receiving email messages
» Using the internet to find information
» Keeping safe online
» Getting the most out of your mobile phone

Apprenticeships

At Luton Training Centre, we also offer Apprenticeships and Professional Business Qualifications.

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Work at your own pace
The overall time taken to achieve your qualification will depend on a number of different factors. We will take into account: how often you attend; what IT skills you are starting with; and how confident you are using a computer, before agreeing your Individual Learning Plan. This will help to determine the length of time it will take.

Individual Learning Plan
To get you started we begin by booking you in for an Induction. This is normally a 1-1 session which allows the tutor to create your Individual Learning Plan. At this time, you will discuss the reasons for doing the course, and what the relevant content should be to ensure you gain the skills needed. From there, your tutor will create your plan to include your learning activities and agree with you ongoing learning goals and a final achievement date.

IT Training Centres in Bedford and Luton

How long will it take me to achieve a qualification?
The length of time to achieve a qualification will depend on your current experience using a computer. For those new to using computers it will take longer as you will carry out a significant amount of learning. For those with some experience the amount of learning is reduced therefore you should achieve more quickly.

IT Training Centres in Bedford and Luton

What is Level 1 and Level 2?
The terms Level 1 and Level 2 come from the qualifications framework. Level 1 is described as competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills to a range of varied work activities, most of which may be routine or predictable. Level 2 is described as competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Some of the activities are complex or non-routine, and there is some individual responsibility and autonomy. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, may often be a requirement.

If I am a novice to using computers does that mean I should start at Level 1?
The right course for you will depend on what your goals are in relation to using the computer. If you are a novice but need to develop sound IT skills for work purposes to create professional documents then a Level 2 may be appropriate. If you only need to use the computer occasionally and to produce simple documents a Level 1 qualification might be all you need. To ensure you are on the right course a tutor will discuss your choice of qualification levels with you and provide tailored advice and guidance.

If the qualification is not exam based then how I do achieve it?
On completion of your learning you will undertake an IT assignment at the end of each unit. This is marked by the centre tutors and sent off for moderation to OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA, a UK awarding organisation), who then confirms achievement of assignment.

Bedford IT Training Centre

Address
88 High Street
Bedford
MK40 1RG
Tel: 01234 291832
Email: bedfordittrainingcentre@bedford.ac.uk

Opening Hours
Monday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am-9.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am-9.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm

                                   

Luton Training Centre

Address
7-9 Castle Street (3rd Floor Sceptre House)
Luton
LU1 3AJ
Tel: 01582 414178
Email: lutontrainingcentre@bedford.ac.uk

Opening Hours
Monday: 11.00am-5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am-8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am-3.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am-7.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-1.00pm

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