Learning computer skills

  •  Need help getting online?
  • Complete beginner or just want to brush up your IT skills?
  • Not sure where you can access the internet?

Here are some pointers to local courses and information. Note that South Oxfordshire District Council does not directly provide access or training.

Training

Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Service offer a range of adult learning courses This link will take you to an external website... , including ICT (information and communications technology) based at Abingdon and Witney College.

Local colleges also offer courses. Visit their websites to find out more (look under information and office technology).

Learn Direct offer home and office IT courses for a range of different software packages, and many lead to qualifications. Depending on your circumstances, funding may be available for courses that you take at a learndirect centre, otherwise you can buy courses online. Your local centre can advise you on the options.

UK Online Centres offer a network of centres across England providing people with free or low-cost access to computers and the internet, together with help and advice on using them. Their website includes a location search for courses near you.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have fact sheets on using the internet. They offer advice on:

  • Buying over the internet
  • Fraud on the internet
  • Offensive internet sites
  • The internet - using other people's material

Age UK have a guide to making the most of the internet

British Computer Society run IT Can Help, a network of volunteers who are able to offer free local computer assistance to disabled people.

Access

Oxfordshire libraries offer free public access broadband Internet computers.

UK Online Centres offer a network of centres across England providing people with free or low-cost access to computers and the internet, together with help and advice on using them. Their website includes a location search for centres near you.

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind
A technology suite includes the latest aids to reading for both blind and partially sighted people; adapted computers with specialist software ensure that blind people can find out how to access the internet/ e-mail and IT skills.

Last reviewed: 21 - 11 - 2016

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