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This course was created so that learners with no prior technology experience can fully understand computers and how they work.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 40 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
40 hours

About This Course

This course covers a wide range of knowledge in the field of technology. Students will learn how a computer works beyond the fundamentals. They will also gain practical knowledge about the technology that surrounds them, which has come to be expected in an increasingly technologyfocused workplace.

Among the topics included in this course are computer hardware and software, the internet, the binary system, computer security, and algorithms.


Module 1: Computer Basics

Understanding What a Computer is; Input / Output Devices; Keyboard Fundamentals; Understanding the Concepts of Analog and Digital

Module 2: Internet and Software Fundamentals

The Difference between Internet and the World Wide Web; Basics of Computing Devices; Downloading, Uploading, and Memory; Fundamentals of Software

Module 3: Hardware Essentials and Working Online

Hardware Purpose and Design; Protocols; Working with the Browser; Internet Terminology

Module 4: Programs and Applications

Search Engines; Computer Programming; Understanding Applications; Social Networking and Social Media

Module 5: Controlling Data and Maintaining a Secure Website

Routers, Servers, Clients, and Hosts; Secure Websites; the Internet; Cookies, the Cloud, and Version Control

Module 6: Transmitting, Processing, and Securing Data

Big Data; Resolution and Security; Forums, Wikis, and Application Programming Interfaces; Podcasts

Module 7: Algorithms and Binary

Additional Hardware and Software Data; BitTorrent, RSS, and QR Codes; an Introduction to Binary; Algorithms

Module 8: Using Algorithms and Understanding Computer Circuitry

Putting Algorithms to Use; Using Search Engines; Computer Circuitry; Gates

Module 9: Processing Data

How Computers Count; How Computers Add; the Central Processing Unit; Additional Central Processing Unit Operations

Module 10: Efficient, Effective, and Secure Computer Operation

Internet Speeds; File Sizes; Data-Processing Speeds and Data Verification; Internet of Things and Net Neutrality; Internet Security; Additional Fundamental Computer Concepts

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Aims and Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation in technology fundamentals.



Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

This course will provide students with a strong foundation to enable them to progress with their students in the software and web development field.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.