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Free and Easy

Learn new computing skills with UCOL’s popular Free and Easy computer training course and gain the confidence you need to utilise basic computer software.

A Free and Easy student learns basic computing
Quick info

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: Flexible days and hours

Palmerston North
Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm
Monday and Tuesday 5pm - 7pm

Tuesday and Wednesday 9am - 11am, 5pm - 7pm

Monday 4pm - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 1pm
Friday 12pm - 1pm

Domestic Fees:*
NilScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Gain essential computer skills needed to use in daily life and to help you in your current job. This course will also update and refresh your computer skills before starting further tertiary study at UCOL and cover a range of key topics that include:

  • Basics

Start right from the beginning if needed, from turning the computer on, mouse and keyboard practice and understanding the desktop.

  • Word Processing

Using Microsoft Word to write, edit and format text, learning the skills to be able to create or update your CV.

  • Internet

Learn how to browse and search the internet.

  • Email

Learn how to set up an email account, send and receive messages and send attachments.

  • Spread sheets

Learn to lay out a spreadsheet and use formula in Excel to create a basic monthly budget.

  • PowerPoint presentations

Be introduced to PowerPoint and learn how to create a slideshow, including animating images and transition effects.

  • Desktop publishing

Explore Microsoft Publisher to learn elements of desktop publishing, Publisher wizards and how to insert graphics and text layout formatting.

  • Database

Learn how to create and use a basic database with Microsoft Access.


If you want to try out Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016, come to a Free and Easy Class. We have computers available with the latest software for everyone to use. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop with Windows 10 software installed.

Select from three campus locations and drop in the next available class time that suits you -you can enrol and start on the same day. Dowload and complete the Free and Easy Enrolment form below. Post it in or bring it with you the day you want to start Free and Easy. Alternatively contact us to post an enrolment form out to you.

How to Enrol

To enrol in this course, download and fill out the following form:

Student & Staff Profiles

Learning Facilities

Free and Easy classrooms.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry. No previous academic qualifications needed.

International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details.