Information about the range of courses and other learning opportunities we offer including improving your digital skills
Learn Something New
Glasgow Life offers a wide range of learning opportunities from helping people improve their reading and writing skills to supporting people studying for formal qualifications.
Short courses and one-off sessions are available covering a wide range of subjects, including the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), English language skills or help to get online.
Formal qualifications are externally evaluated with credit rating and benchmarking provided by bodies like Education Scotland, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Sports Governing Bodies and the British Computer Society.
Click here to find out about our current learning opportunities or call us free on 0800 027 6402.
You can also get more information on our learning opportunities from the list on the left side of this page.
Glasgow Libraries provide free beginner computer courses as well as a range of more advanced computer courses.
The free computer courses cover a range of topics including: Getting started with computers, Internet and Email through to creating a CV and job searches using Universal Jobmatch. See below for details of all courses. We also offer beginner classes on mobile devices.
If you or someone you know are interested in attending a course or would like some more information please call us free on 0800 027 6402 or alternatively ask at your local library.
Getting Started With Computers Course
A free tutor-led course designed for individuals who have little or no computer experience. This course runs over 5 sessions each lasting for 2 hrs.
Topics covered include:
Getting started with Computers
Getting started with Word
Getting started with Internet
Getting started with Shopping and Media
Getting started with Email
A free tutor-led course which runs over 4 sessions each lasting 2 hrs.
Topics covered include:
Mouse / Keyboard / Word (cover letters)
Create a CV
Job Searching (Using Universal Jobmatch)
Mobile Technology Course
If you are interested in attending a course or would like some more information please call us free on 0800 027 6402 or register here »
These courses are perfect for anyone who has completed our Getting Started sessions or anyone who has some computing experience and is ready to improve their skills and abilities. These accredited courses do incur a charge and ITA funding may be available to you.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, ECDL is an internationally-recognised qualification in core IT skills. It is made up of 7 modules, allowing the learner to work at their own pace and in any order.
IT Security for Users
IT User Fundamentals
Using the Internet and Email
First Step 2 ECDL
A tutor-led course for beginners covering several topics at basic level before moving onto the more formal Internet and Email Module 7 of ECDL. On successful completion, learners will be awarded two certificates from BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT.
Learning is supported by a workbook and online learning materials and cover the following topics:
Computer Basics : understanding basic computer parts and terminology, how to use the computer, keyboard and mouse
Using the browser
Using the web
Internet And Email
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, this Internet and Email course is part of the ECDL qualification in core IT skills. This is a tutor-led course which is also supported by an online course unit. The course covers the following topics:
Using the browser
Using the web
Security For IT Users
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, this course covers the skills and knowledge needed to identify and manage day-to-day security risks.
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, this course introduces the learner to the basic concepts of working with word processing.
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, this course introduces the learner to the basic concepts of working with spreadsheets.
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, this course introduces the learner to the basic concepts of working with the presentation software, PowerPoint.
Certificated by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, the course covers the main concepts of databases.
If you would like to know more please contact your local library or the Digital Learning Team on:
North East Area Learning Team 0141 276 1644
South East Area Learning Team 0141 429 0949
South West Area Learning Team 0141 276 6877
North West Area Learning Team 0141 276 1547
Learning Registration Register your interest
My World of Work Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA)
English Language Courses
Adults will go through an initial ESOL assessment, usually with one of our college partners, to determine level and are referred to an appropriate group.
Our courses are mostly at introductory levels - equivalent to SCQF Levels 2-4. Participants negotiate their learning plans with our tutors. Typically, participants learn to carry out everyday transactions in English; improve their conversational English, and learn basic English grammar.
Learning sessions run for 2 hours per week with adults attending for varying lengths of time depending on level and goals.
Our classes are free of charge and are open to any adults in Glasgow for whom English is not their first language. Learning is open to everyone including refugees, asylum seekers and people from settled black and minority ethnic communities.
For more learning opportunities please click here.
For more information call us free on 0800 027 6402
Reading, Writing and Numbers
Glasgow Communities offer free adult literacy and numeracy learning in local venues throughout Glasgow for adults who would like support with reading, writing, spelling, and numbers.
Tutors and learners work together to set up Individual Learning Plans tailored to learners’ interests and needs, using everyday materials and resources. Learners may have the option to work towards SQA awards at Level 2 and 3.
Literacy and numeracy support is tutored in small groups and trained volunteers are available at some of the venues to support individual learners. Most learners also benefit from increased confidence in their personal, work, family and community lives.
This service is free of charge for all adults in Glasgow who are 16 years of age and over.
If you or someone you know could benefit from some help with reading, writing or numbers and you would like to find out more please call us free on 0800 027 6402.
For more learning opportunities, visit Glasgow’s Learning.