Essential IT Skills (EITS)

Introduction to Essential IT Skills

This course is a combination of tutor-led instruction and online learning

Who is it for?

New users to computers (using Windows v7 and Microsoft 2010)

How long does it last?

2 hours


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Log into and use the ‘IT Skills Pathway E-Learning IT Essentials’ materials
  • Create an Internet website Favourite or Bookmark
  • Identify further topics for learning using the ‘IT Skills Pathway’ materials
  • Identify further topics to consider for face-to-face IT training

Available Course Content

    • Mouse Skills
    • Keyboard Skills
    • Switching On and Off
    • Using Windows
    • Working with Applications
    • File Management
    • Web Skills
    • E-mail Skills
    • Word Processing
    • Working Safely
    • Diagnostic and Post-Course Assessments

Training Dates

Cavell Centre, Peterborough:

  • Wednesday 25 July 2018 – 09.30 to 11.30

Healthy Living Centre, Peterborough:

  • Friday 22 June 2018 – 09.30 to 11.30
  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 – 09.30 to 11.30

Kingfisher House, Huntingdon:

  • Wednesday 18 July 2018 – 10.00 to 12.00
  • Wednesday 29 August 2018 – 10.00 to 12.00

Block 13, Quiet Room, Ida Darwin, Cambridge:

  • Further dates are available on request

To Book:

External websites & Learning Portal information

Access the NEW Learning Portal here! (please use your ‘local’ Internet Explorer browser and not Citrix Internet Explorer)

For guidance on Setting up a Secure Delegate Password for the Learning Portal, please see this PDF: Set a Secure Delegate Password v1.0

For guidance on using the current Learning Portal, please see this PDF: Learning Portal Quick Start Guide v1.4

Get ready for the changes! – see how the Learning Menu will change from 14th May 2018 (PDF): Learning Menu – Learner Quick View v1.0


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Online learning for IT Skills Pathway courses (Windows 7/Office 2010):

  • Essential IT Skills (Entry Level)
  • Excel (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • OneNote (Level 2)
  • Outlook (Level 2)
  • PowerPoint (Levels 1 and 2)
  • SharePoint (Level 2)
  • Word (Levels 1, 2 and 3)

New online IT Skills Pathway courses (Windows 10/Office 2013):

  • Digital Literacy for the Workplace (Entry Level) 
  • Digital Skills (Entry Level)
  • Excel for the Workplace
  • Office Essentials for the Workplace
  • Outlook for the Workplace
  • PowerPoint for the Workplace
  • Word for the Workplace

New online learning for other products:

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

New online learning (Windows 10/Office 2016):

  • Word 2016 (learning now LIVE)
  • PowerPoint 2016 (learning now LIVE)
  • Office Essentials 2016 (learning now LIVE)
  • Excel 2016 (learning now LIVE)
  • Outlook 2016 (coming soon)

For all IT Skills Pathway e-learning requests and questions, please contact Laura Hanley via

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