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Update concerning COVID-19 – Distance Learning (home study) courses are still available. Find out more about distance learning at Pitman Training

Computer Skills Award

Learn the fundamentals of personal computers with our online and in-centre Computer Skills Award courses.

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Is this for you?

The Computer Skills Award is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain key office skills for life. 

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 70 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date


Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type



70 hours

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About this award

The Computer Skills Award is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain key office skills for life. The comprehensive and interactive course content covers the fundamentals of using a personal computer, how to use the Windows 10 environment effectively, and provides learners with in-depth knowledge of the Internet and how to use it productively.

What are basic computer skills?

Designed to build computer confidence, basic computer skills allow you to conduct IT tasks with ease. An understanding of basic computer skills is a general requirement for many office-based occupations.

Who can study computer skills courses?

Anyone can study our Computer Skills Award. No previous experience with computers is necessary when you take our beginner’s computer courses.

How do I learn basic computer skills?

Our Computer Skills Award covers all the essentials of operating a computer, preparing you for office-based roles in a variety of industries. Our courses explore everything from personal computer fundamentals to how to use Windows 10 and maximising use of the internet.

Why study Computer Skills Award with Pitman Training?

  • A highly respected training provider, a Pitman Training basic computer skills course instantly enhances your CV.
  • Our computer skills course covers everything from the history of computing to the fundamentals of working with the Windows 10 operating system.
  • You can combine a Pitman Computer Skills Award with a related Pitman Training course to further improve your employability. Learning basic computer skills courses pairs well with General Office Skills and Microsoft Office courses.
  • Courses run all year long across the UK in our Computer Skills Award training centres. Prefer to learn computer skills at home? All courses are available online.
  • Learn basic computer skills courses at your own pace. Whether it is full-time or part-time, Pitman Training fits around your schedule.
  • Regardless of whether you want to learn online or at one of our centres, always count on the support of our course advisors, who guide and support your entire learning journey.  

What skills will I gain from studying Computer Skills Award?

Our basic computer course consists of three disciplines: PC Fundamentals, Internet Fundamentals and Windows 10.

The PC Fundamentals course familiarises trainees with both the hardware and software of a personal computer. This includes basic computer skills staples, specifically guides on sending emails, managing files and browsing the internet.

Separately, our Internet Fundamentals course breaks down the principles of surfing the web. Working with Google Chrome, you will search the internet, download the documents and learn about keeping safe online.

For those looking for a more comprehensive understanding of one of the most popular computer operating systems, we recommend the Windows 10 beginner computer course; an essential course for office professionals.

Whichever Computer Skills Award course you choose, whether online or in-centre, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

Got a question about our computer skills training? Just contact us for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of this Award is to provide an understanding of the personal computer and its operations, to acquaint learners with the fundamentals of Windows 10 and to provide the essential skills necessary to use the Internet and its various components to its full potential.

Courses Included

PC Fundamentals: This course includes eight modules covering the essentials of the personal computer. The course covers the history of the PC, the system unit, operating systems, working with devices, using application software, file management, creating and viewing multimedia, and computer communications and the Internet.

Windows 10: This course contains seven modules and will provide a comprehensive understanding of this popular operating system. Learners will cover how to get started with Windows 10, explore and customise the Taskbar, learn how to manage multiple windows, work with sound devices and device drivers, learn how to organise files and folders, personalise the Start menu, personalise user accounts, customise settings, add a printer, install fonts, explore the World Wide Web, set up an Internet connection, and more.

Internet Fundamentals: The course is designed for those who recognise the importance of the Internet and want to learn not only the basics, but also how to make effective use of a wide range of Internet resources. Learners will cover the history of the Internet, working with a Web browser (Google Chrome), searching the Web, downloading documents and applications, privacy aspects of the Internet, using Web-based email, social media, blogs, multimedia and HTML, and adding content to a Web page.

Personal Computer Fundamentals

In this course, students learn the components and basic operation of the personal computer. 

The course explores the hardware and software necessary for personal computer use, file management, multimedia options, and more.

Windows 10

This course provides an overview and introduction to the Windows 10 operating system and covers the essential concepts and most commonly used features and functions.

Internet Fundamentals

This course explores the various aspects of the Internet using Google Chrome. Students learn common procedures used to maximise successful use of the Internet and its many features.


There are no pre-requisites other than the ability to type and a willingness to learn.

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

The Computer Skills Award provides a unique blend of learning for those wishing to gain work-ready skills to use in a wide range of careers. Learners will gain confidence when working with computers and the Internet, thereby providing a solid foundation for securing that next job or to provide a springboard for further study in any number of fields, including marketing, business, and web development.

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Whats 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.

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