This course is aimed at those wanting to bring up their word processing skills to a competent office standard covering both the basics and more advanced elements of the Microsoft program.

You can learn online with support of an experienced tutor and will undergo an exam to earn a BCS accredited Level 2 certificate that will evidence your capabilities to employers.

You will learn how to produce leaflets and flyers, how to work with tables and how to send out mailshots using mail merge tools.

Course content:

  • Creating a range of documents
  • Using ribbons and views to access key features
  • Formatting text including applying styles
  • Working with columns
  • Working with templates
  • Managing document layout including pagination and margins
  • Producing balanced documents using paragraph and line spacing
  • Adding and editing headers and footers including page numbers
  • Creating, formatting and adjusting tables
  • Inserting graphs and charts
  • Inserting pictures and clipart
  • Mail Merging letters and labels

You can start the course at any time of year. Workshops are available with your tutor Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 1.30pm – 4.00pm and Saturdays, 9.30am-12.00pm. They will also be able to support you at home via email communication.

Attendance is flexible with a minimum of 4 hours study per week recommended at College, home or work.

If you attend one afternoon a week it will take around 8 weeks to complete the certificate.

ECDL Extra

ECDL is a well-known and respected qualification amongst employers, which sets the benchmark for computer competence.

The word processing course is one unit of the ECDL Extra qualification and upon completion of the course you will be awarded a Level 2 certificate in word processing.

You can go on to achieve the overall ECDL Extra qualification by completing three additional units; Spreadsheets, Presentations (Powerpoint) and Improving Productivity.

For more information about the ECDL Extra course please click here.

There are no formal qualifications required to begin this course.

The cost of this course is £149, this fee includes all registrations, courseware, a sample test (diagnostic test), the unit test and certification.

You can also study this course as a part of the ECDL Extra course, the overall cost of which is £300. This fee includes all registrations, courseware, a sample test (diagnostic test), the unit test and certification. For more information on ECDL please see the ECDL course page.