Computing Essentials An introduction

Introducing you to basic but essential computing skills.


Why take this course?

The primary aim of this course is to build your confidence when it comes to computers and IT - so if you have no computing experience at all, then this course is for you!

This course will provide a good all round introduction to computers and computing.  Starting with switching on, moving onto how to navigate windows and ending on saving storing and printing data.

What you will experience

This course will cover basic but essential computer functions, so that you can effectively operate a computer for personal, practical use. You will also undertake a National Unit in Using Computer Applications (F7H8 08).  

This course is designed to introduce learners to the basics of computing, file management, keyboarding skills and simple word processing.

Course content may be tailored by the tutor to meet the needs of individual groups of learners, and will include:

  • Very basic computing skills
  • Basic mouse and keyboard functions
  • Familiarisation with the Windows environment
  • Basic file management
  • Introduction to Word
Student at a computer

Key facts

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Fraserburgh Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
28 January 2020 8 Weeks Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £75.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.