Courses Accordion IT

With Any Of Our FREE 2 Hour Online Courses, You Get:

  • Free tutor support (9am-9pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday) online, by phone, email or live chat.
  • Additional tasks for each course to aid your understanding.
  • A certificate for every course you complete to demonstrate your skills to future employers.
  • Knowledge to demonstrate an interest in a subject, evidence your professional development, and show commitment to your course area.

With funding provided (to those 19 or older and living in Lincolnshire) by:

Please browse our selection of courses below.

Beginner’s IT Skills

Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics

With this course, you will be able to learn the basics or expand upon your knowledge of computers by using the many useful applications on them in both personal and professional environments including how to use and manage your computer on a daily basis, with support and encouragement you will be up to date with the basics of technology along with a certificate to put on your CV!

  • Windows: what it is, what it does, and what it includes. Calculator, Sticky Notes, and Microsoft Edge.
  • Using menus and dialogue boxes.
  • Creating and organising files and folders.
  • Copying, moving, and deleting folders and documents.
  • Creating a basic letter.
  • Entering and modifying text.
  • Create, open, and close documents.
  • Use Snipping Tool.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Beginner’s Internet and Email

Learn how to use both your web browser and your email software. Create an email address using Gmail or Microsoft Outlook and investigate their online software applications you can use for free. Learn how to use the internet more effectively and how to find information faster and discover the power of using email effectively and all its components professionally compared to conventional mail. It will make a real difference in your work or home life.

  • Understand the function of web addresses.
  • Search for information with your chosen search engine.
  • Carry out complex searches.
  • Use bookmarks effectively.
  • Introducing Microsoft 365 and Gmail.
  • Create an email address.
  • Create, reply to, and forward emails.
  • Attach files to emails.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Beginner’s Word Processing

Learn how to create good-looking documents for either work or personal use and along the way the main features of word processing software. Having an understanding and being able to create professional documents and gain a certificate can be great for your CV for employers or to show your family.

  • Creating a document and entering text.
  • Opening and saving your files.
  • Moving and manipulating text.
  • Searching for and replacing text.
  • Aligning text.
  • Changing line spacing and margins.
  • Creating headers and footers.
  • Creating tables from data.
  • Printing your documents.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Beginner’s Spreadsheets

Creating spreadsheets doesn’t mean you need to be a Maths genius! So join us now and learn how to create spreadsheets for either work or personal use. Once you’ve figured out the foundations with our help and guidance, it’ll open up new opportunities for your data and you will be able to enter data and perform calculations with the end result being presented in a clear and easily digestible way. You will also get a certificate, which can be great for your CV for employers or to show your family.

  • Enter text and numbers into cells.
  • Save spreadsheets and workbooks.
  • Enter formulas using BODMAS.
  • Make changes to your data.
  • Add, delete, and resize cells.
  • Copy data and formulas.
  • Sort data by various categories.
  • Format numbers appropriately.
  • View and print your formula.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Beginner’s Presentations

Presentations are a very important element when working in business or when wanting to show any topic in an informative way! Learning the fundamentals of presentations, and how to create efficient engaging messages by using slides, and layout, leading to obtaining a certificate can be great for your CV for employers or to show family.

  • Creating a presentation.
  • Adding slides to your presentation.
  • Modify your text.
  • Add graphics to your presentation.
  • Working with and modifying graphics.
  • Moving and copying images.
  • Styling text with bullet points and numbers.
  • Arranging text.
  • Text styles and how to use them effectively.
  • Running your presentation.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Advanced IT Skills

Advanced Word Processing (Using Word)

Microsoft Word is a complex software program with hundreds of options and uses. The following course will teach you how to use Microsoft Word to a more professional standard, perfect as a follow-on course from our Beginner’s Word Processing course or if you already have experience in Word. Follow our step-by-step instructions as we produce a course brochure which will be formatted, indexed, and then merged in preparation for a mailshot to be sent. Join us as we create it by using the following principles whilst you gain understanding through practice and gain a certificate to show your current employer, put on your CV, or show your family.

  • Document setup and styles.
  • Creating headers and footers.
  • Cover and content pages.
  • Collaborating with others using track changes and comments.
  • Use mail merge to create multiple copies of the same document and send them to different people.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Advanced Spreadsheets (Using Excel)

In our advanced Microsoft Excel course, we will build on your knowledge and will be taught how to construct a clear, concise, and informative expert spreadsheet that can be a turning factor for any business, club, or personal use. You will be introduced to some of the more complex operations within the program, and follow our step-by-step instructions as we produce a multi-sheet workbook that will be used to record a real-life activity before we look at performing a range of complex analysis actions on the results. Join us as we create it by using the following principles whilst you gain understanding through practice and gain a certificate to show your current employer, put on your CV, or show your family.

  • Document setup and styles.
  • Creating headers and footers.
  • Advanced formula and functions including Count, CountIF, and CountA.
  • Understand and use Vlookup.
  • Introduce pivot tables.
  • Use multiple worksheets in a spreadsheet workbook.
  • Use graphs to present your data in a visually appealing way.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Advanced Presentations (Using PowerPoint)

Microsoft PowerPoint presentations have long been a staple of office and educational environments and for good reason. A solid PowerPoint can be one of the most useful tools in your arsenal when you need to convey an idea, lesson, or message to a large audience. Whilst Powerpoint is a complex presentation program with hundreds of options and uses for presenting information. Follow our step-by-step instructions as we produce a course offer presentation which will be formatted, before adding media to the presentation and in the end voice recording several pages and then turn the whole recording into an mp4 file ready for distribution. Join us as we create it by using the following principles whilst you gain understanding through practice and a certificate to show your current employer, put on your CV, or show your family.

  • Format your presentation.
  • Import text from another application into your presentation.
  • Customise a PowerPoint design.
  • Add media and animations to a presentation.
  • How to collaborate when creating a presentation.
  • Recording a presentation using exercises so you can practice what you’ve learned.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Health and Wellbeing

Introduction to Motivation and Mindset

Learn about where you have been, where you are now, and how you want to be in the future, energise your mindset and improve your emotional approach to problem-solving in your everyday life. Starting with small daily changes that really can make a real positive difference.

  • Learn to think about your goals: a work/life balance, health, appearance, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Reflect upon and be grateful for the things you have.
  • Learn how to transform from a fixed-oriented to a growth-oriented mindset.
  • Find motivation through a change in your routine.
  • Dream and think of the impossible.
  • List your goals and enact a plan to make your dreams a reality.

Including exercises for documenting your thoughts and feelings.

If you’ve mastered the basics of motivation, confidence, and mindset, why not try our follow-on course: Advanced Motivation and Mindset?

This course will take 2 hours.

Advanced Motivation and Mindset

Following on from the introductory course we teach you advanced and effective mind exercises to assist in your everyday life, you can take control of your emotional responses and find healthy outlets through which to process the stressful circumstances of the modern day, leading you to focus your mind and body to become the person you want to be.

  • Access and acknowledge your habits, beliefs, and fears.
  • Observe the person you wish to become.
  • Learn new mental techniques: know your direction in life, focus on a growth-oriented mindset, learn from your mistakes, remove limiting beliefs and choose your own happiness.
  • The ‘5 Second Rule’- and when to use it.
  • Take action every day towards your goals and projects.
  • Using praise as a positive influence.

Including exercises for documenting your thoughts and feelings.

This course will take 2 hours.

Mindfulness in the Workplace

With this course, you will learn techniques that will allow you to understand and become better at work and help you with your everyday life and learn to improve your mindfulness in the workplace by looking at yourself and the others around you and the interactions you have.

  • The effect of sleep on your personal wellness.
  • Encouraging self-care in the workplace.
  • Discussing mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Managing difficult relationships in the workplace.
  • Resilience training.

Including exercises for documenting your thoughts and feelings.

This course will take 2 hours.

Life and Work Skills

Everyday Time Management

Improve your everyday time management, and make the most of each day as time is the most precious resource you have at your disposal. By enrolling onto this course you will learn how to use your time wisely by optimising where and how you spend your hours, leading to you making a real difference in earning you a smooth and streamlined successful path in life and employment.

  • Prioritisation, delegation, and setting realistic goals.
  • The ‘three inbox’ system and how it can improve your life.
  • The ‘to-do’ list.
  • The doing stage and the review stage – an important asset in allowing you to talk to yourself constructively, enabling better professional and academic growth.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Everyday Communication Skills

With this course, you will learn the basics of communication and how to interact appropriately according to your environment. By learning the different styles of communication you will learn skills that are essential in building trust, and making positive interpersonal relations, and they will also make you a well-oiled machine of any business. You will also get a certificate to prove it!

  • Understand the role of communication.
  • Learn different styles of communication, including written, verbal, and non-verbal communication (also known as body language).
  • Become an effective listener.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Teamwork and Team Leading

Learn the best and most effective ways to work as a unit, in your personal or work life. Having a greater knowledge and understanding of how teams are structured, and the types of people within a team including identifying their strengths and weaknesses will allow you to flourish at work or in any team environment. You will also be taught how to communicate at all levels as a leader.

  • Communicating with other people.
  • Focusing on the goals and results of your team.
  • Contributing fairly in a team environment.
  • Offering support to your teammates.
  • Team members and their characteristics.
  • Organising the team and delegating responsibilities.
  • Learning within a team.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Everyday Body Language

With this course, you will reinforce your ability to read and understand body language, in person or online. Nonverbal cues are an excellent way for you to navigate challenging social encounters with ease, as well as enable better interpersonal communications between teammates and coworkers. You will then be able to use your new skills in everyday life, at work, or in your personal life to increase your communication skills for the better, giving yourself the edge.

  • Facial expressions and what they can tell you.
  • Body movement and posture.
  • Gestures.
  • Eye contact.
  • Touch.
  • Space.
  • The tone of your voice.

Including exercises to practice your new skills and aid understanding.

This course will take 2 hours.

Support for Job Seekers

CV Creation and Updating

To find the perfect job you will need by creating an attractive and informative CV. This course can give you all the help you will need to land an interview by discovering the different types of CV and learning when each is appropriate to use. Then by checking each element of your CV against tried and tested methods that will make your CV stand head and shoulders above the rest. It will only take two hours to complete and you will be given full support from our tutors.

  • The ‘modern CV’ and variations thereof.
  • What should each section include?
  • Personal information (and what you need to include).
  • Common pitfalls in CV creation.

Including tasks and exercises to review your current CV and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Cover Letters u0026amp; Job Applications

Some jobs require a cover letter that will be read before your CV and even then if your cover letter doesn’t have what the employer requires they won’t even get to the good stuff in your CV. It’s about making a good first impression without being there in person, so a strong, confident opening will be your best bet in standing out from other applicants. Along with important information on application forms, this course will give you all the help you will need to land an interview! Know how to write a cover letter and complete application forms. Knowing the ins and outs of the application process will streamline your job hunting and save you valuable time.

  • Why do companies use cover letters?
  • How you should write your cover letter.
  • Using a template to accelerate your success.
  • How you should complete an application form.
  • What information you should include.
  • Creating a work-based email address.

Including tasks and exercises to review your current cover letter and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Interview Skills

You have been selected for an interview, this is your chance to shine and rise head and shoulders above the rest. Know what you can expect from different interviews: 1-to-1 interviews, group interviews, and online interviews, and be prepared with the best responses to questions and also what to ask. There are skills that you can learn that will enhance your chances of landing that job, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  • Learn what you should do in preparation for your interview.
  • The interview itself, and what to expect from each type.
  • Before and after interview tips.
  • What happens if you are successful or unsuccessful at the interview.

Including tasks and exercises to review your current interview skills and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Optimising your Job Seeking

So you want a new job? Great, but where do you start? Set a structure to optimise your time while searching for new employment. In the current job market competition can be strong, so optimising your job-seeking relies on a strong foundation from which to streamline the application process, and get you into employment or move into a position as quickly and conveniently as possible. With over twenty years of experience as practiced tutors and business owners, you can be assured that our advice is reliable and well-educated.

  • Hints, tips, and tricks for job searching.
  • The application process.
  • How apprenticeships can be to your benefit.
  • Using employment agencies.
  • Using social media to job search.
  • Remote job searching and remote interviews.

Includes tasks and exercises to review your job searching approach and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Job Sector Courses

An Introduction to Self-Employment and Business Startup

Interested in working for yourself? Learn the fundamentals of self-employment and starting up your own independent business. Find out what’s involved in getting started and what’s needed to make it work, with support from our business owners who started the business in 2002 and are still here, imparting their knowledge in the course!

  • Is working for yourself the right idea?
  • Observe your business ideas.
  • Planning the business itself.
  • Register yourself and your business.
  • The records you need to keep.
  • Ready, set, go- good luck.

Including tasks and exercises to stimulate your thought and business ideas and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Introduction to Working in an Office

Whilst the mood, atmosphere, and work ethic of an office can change from place to place, with this course, we will teach you the fundamentals that are essential for every work office environment. This course will get you prepared for your future office role and also give you a certificate to put onto your CV and show your future employer you are applying to that you are serious and committed to getting the position.

  • A rundown of what to expect working in a new office.
  • Understanding the positions on offer.
  • The skills you may need to work there.

Including tasks and exercises to make sure you know all about office work and which element you will excel in and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.

Introduction To Working as a Teaching Assistant

Whether you’re looking to find a permanent position as a teaching assistant, or use it as a stepping stone towards a full-time position in the education sphere, our course will give you all the tips you need to stand out from the crowd and give you the best chance of securing your goal. Being a teaching assistant is a key role within schools and this course will give you the basic knowledge needed and also give you a certificate to put onto your CV and show your future employer you are applying to that you are serious and committed to getting the position.

  • Why should you choose a career as a teaching assistant?
  • The skills, qualifications, and experience you need.
  • A day in the life of a teaching assistant.
  • How to discover vacancies.
  • Career progression.
  • What needs to go on your CV.

Including tasks and exercises to make sure you know all about working as a teaching assistant and which elements you will excel at and reinforce your learning.

This course will take 2 hours.