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September, 2004
What IT courses are on offer in the open centre?
The Open Centre at BBC Radio Sheffield
The open centre at BBC Radio Sheffield
The BBC Sheffield Learning Centre offers free computer tuition to everyone over 18.

You can have a go at a whole host of different courses. Details of the courses on offer are below.
Welcome to the Open Centre
Who uses the Open centre

The Open Centre is free to use.

The web cafe is open from 9am until 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

The Learning Centre is open from 9am to 1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friendly help is always available from our cyberguides and tutor!

You can get more information by calling 0114 267 5411.

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Getting started on the Internet

After working through a CD ROM introducing the Internet and how to use it you have two hours to practice your skills for real on the live Internet. Course lasts approx. 3 hours.

Getting started on your computer

This workbook based course is suitable for complete beginners - finding out how to start using a computer. Course lasts approx. 6 hours.

BBC Becoming Webwise

This on-line course is for those wanting an 'in depth' understanding of the World Wide Web and how it works. This course is a BBC course which is delivered via the Internet. Passing the optional test at the end of the course results in a qualification. Course lasts approx. 10 hours.

Word Processing

This workbook based course shows you how to produce a document which looks professional, show you how to set margins, change the look of the text and how to create impressive letters. Course last approx. 20 hours.

Two students on the course at the  open learning centre
Two people in the learning centre.

Desktop publishing

Pre-requisities: Word processing
Many employers require their employees to give presentations, either at interview or when demonstrating ideas or products. This workbook based course shows you how to create professional looking presentations, complete with pictures and special effects, to help sell yourself or your ideas. Course lasts approx. 20 hours.

Computer presentations

Many employers require employees to give presentations either at interview or when demonstrating ideas or products, includes pictures, products and animation.20 hours.

Introduction to using a database

Databases are used to record, organise and work with large quantities of information such as names and addresses. 20 hours.


Pre-requisities: Word processing Spreadsheets are used for accounting, cash flows Budgets and Forecasts etc. Course lasts approx. 20 hours.

You learn at your own pace – dropping in and out as you please – there is no appointments to keep, you just come when you want to and our friendly tutors are on hand to give help and advice when needed.

As well as these courses there is also the opportunity to sign up for our special taught courses, which run every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm- 4pm.

The courses are delivered by The Employment Unit, part of Sheffield Education Authority.

You can enrol on any of these courses at any time when the centre is open.

Call 0114 267 5411 for more information.

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