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Wednesday also
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Wed 7pm to 9pm

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Come and find out what we have to offer and enrol on courses.  

Tel 028 2582 1184   email or visit our web page

ECDL Extra in 4 days


Accredited qualifications awarded by British Computer Society

Location                     26 Market Road Ballymena BT43 6EL

Time                            9:30am - 4pm

What will you learn?

You will learn the basics of Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Power Point and Improving Productivity implementing any of the 3 areas.

Who is it for?

If you have basic computer skills and time is of the essence, then this could be for you!

Benefits of having ECDL Extra

  • The ECDL Extra L2 is an up-to-date and relevant qualification that proves to employers that you have a solid foundation of computer skills.
  • It will develop your computer skills - therefore making you a more confident IT user.
  • It will develop your computer skills - and you will soon be able to solve problems yourself
  • It's good for your continuing professional development

ECDL Extra units  (information  below from  BCS)

Word processing Develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.
Spreadsheet software Helps the learner develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.
Presentation software Shows the learner how to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.
Improving productivity
using IT
Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word-processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
QCF: Full level 2 ITQ Certificate

QAN (Accreditation Number):

Qualification Aim:
The aim of this qualification is to recognise the application of a range of IT user skills and knowledge in the workplace, meeting employer workforce demands.

ECDL Extra is a fixed combination and promotes the efficient use of popular office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The achievement can be used towards a flexible level 2 diploma or towards higher level qualification, such as a level 3 certificate or diploma.

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Check out jobs online under the JOBs section above.

Update your computer skills 2018

Click here for information

     Computer job search programme

        • Job search programme, access jobs online, develop your CV, build IT skills,   Friday  2pm-4pm

        Classes take place at 26 Market Road, Ballymena Tel 028 25821184 to register your interest

        Don't Delay Book today

        Computer Training


           Computer courses for beginners         special rate £25 for five weeks or £7.50 per hour   
                                                                            every Thursday 11am to 12midday


            IPad training  beginners                  special rate £5    every  Friday 2pm-3pm

            ECDL qualifications                        operate on an ongoing basis,  call us to book a time suitable for you.

            Qualifications- ECDL                     Wed     7pm to 9pm 

            Computer courses for beginners     Wed 8pm to 9pm  £10 per hour

        Contact us to enrol   028 2582 1184  or email



        QCR Secretarial qualifications no longer available

        Please note OCR have withdrawn all Text Processing qualifications since November 2017 including Text Production, Word Processing and Audio Typing.

        Whilst we still offer training to these standards they are no longer accredited and are therefore not qualifications. 

        Courses available 2018

        Click for details.   

         Success with their ECDL EXtra Certificates in preparation for a future beyond Michelin!! Congratulations.


        Are YOU Happy?             

          celebrate, need some help!  then

        Go to the Links menu above and find out the 10 keys   to Happier Living

        Awareness    See the beauty around you.

        Hugh and Sidney

        Trying Out     Keep learning new things

        find out more here

        or go to the Links Menu above and click on

        Action for Happiness.

        Be Happy, it's catching.

        The Girls from Michelin do IT too


        The boys from Michelin get to grips with IT at CFL



        Enrol for courses now and Update your computer skills at Community Focus Learning

        All courses held at our Ballymena Offices  at Market Road.
        Contact us by email, tel: 028 2582 1184

        Enrolling for courses now.

        Fast-Track Qualifications 3 and 4 days to complete ECDL Extra, a Level 2 qualification applying the skills needed for Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations.

        You still haven’t got to grips with new technology, whether you are a beginner or want to complete qualifications you can be sure there is a course to suit your abilities so why not enrol on a course today and update your computer skills.

        You will learn in a stress free environment and there is always a chance of a “cuppa”. At community Focus Learning it is all very informal, there is no pressure to do qualifications, you decide what you want to do and supportive tutors will guide you to achieve that.

        Perhaps you received your ‘A ‘Level results and are sitting on a borderline. You can now build up 40 UCAS points by completing ECDL Advanced units in Word Processing, Database, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint and Improving Productivity. You need all 5 units to gain the necessary points. This is a unique opportunity for those who are in lower or upper sixth to get a head start and build up UCAS points. Contact us today for details or call at the office in Ballymena.

        Do you want to change your job? Do you need IT skills? “Yes” then now is your opportunity to gain qualifications and turn your experience into accredited certificates.

        Call us to check availability.

        Rodney completes ECDL Extra  in less than a week

        through Fast-Track qualifications

        Rodney getting ready for the next stage in his career, with over 20 years in Michelin he realised things were moving fast and technology was taking over.  With the eminent  closure of the factory he started to update his IT skills. In less than a week Rodney completed the ECDL Extra qualification giving him a good grounding in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations.  With the emphasis on basic IT skills in practically every job advertised, now is a good time to update your skills and be ready for the next opportunity.   Why not give us a call and enrol on a course, or call in to our offices at Market Road  and see what we have to offer.

        Enrol anytime at  Community Focus Learning

        You can enrol for courses at anytime, just give us a call 028 2582 1184 or drop an email to and we will get back to you.

        Not sure what you need, why not give us a call and we can discuss the options available.  No previous skills necessary so if you are completely new to computers you have come to the right place

        Community Focus Learning have a fully equipped computer suite,but if you want to bring in your own laptop,Ipads or Tablet we will be happy to work with you and provide you with support to learn how to use them effectively.

        Age is no barrier, it is never too late to start learning, so why not give us a call or drop us an email and start the IT Journey together.



         WHERE? 26 Market Road Ballymena, BT43 6EL
        £50 daily
         Duration 10 days 4-5 hrs daily

        *Fees additional for qualifications

        QCF - Qualifications and Credit Framework

        New update, QCF now replaced by RQF(Regulated Qualifications Framework, see web address below for details. 

        Qualifications and credit framework

            There are 9 levels from entry level to level 8

            All qualifications on the QCF are made up of units.

            Each unit has a credit value

            The number of credits indicates the length of time to complete

            A credit is 10 hrs so a unit with 4 credits would be 40 hours

        The total credit value of a qualification tells you its size-

            Award

            Certificate

            Diploma

        Awards are made up of 1 to 12 credits

        Certificates  13-36 credits and

        Diplomas 37 credits or more

        For full details go to:

        GCSE and 'A' level with ECDL

        Check out how ECDL qualifications can be accredited as a GCSE and 'A'Level.  Would you like another GCSE under your belt and what about an extra 40 UCAS points with an ECDL Adv (5 units), Call us today and book your place.

        ECDL Essentials 3 units equivalent to 1/2 a GCSE   12.5 points

        ECDL Extra 4 units equivalent 1 GCSE at  Pass   46 points

        ECDL Cert in IT Application skills 5 units  = 1 GCSE at Distinction 58 points

        ECDL Cert in IT Application skills 5 units  = 1 GCSE at Merit 46  points

        ECDL Cert in IT Application skills 5 units  = 1 GCSE at Pass 40 points

        ITQ L3 includes 4 ECDL Advanced plus Improving Productivity L3 unit 105 points equivalent to 1/2 an 'A'Level  and 40 UCAS points

        CITB, do you pay a levy to CITB, then you may qualify for training FREE.

        CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)

        5 and 10 week Start It Now beginner computer courses in-

        Accredited Qualifications

        • ECDL Essentials (BCS) 
        • ECDL Extra (BCS)
        • OCR Word Processing
        • OCR Mail Merge

                Age No Barrier

                Sydney on his IPAD at 93 years of age,

                You are never too old to learn, book your place today!

                Ethan has now completed Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Excel and Power POint and ECDL advanced Word

                Ethan successively completes his first  MOS exam

                Turning Point NI

                1 Mill Street Ballymena

                No-one should  suffer in silence, help is available.

                What is Turning Point?

                This is a confidential service supporting  those in emotional difficulty with a listening ear, if you feel suicidal or have thoughts of self harm or other emotional issues then help is only a telephone call away.  See below for details.

                If this is something you are living with at the minute or you know someone who might benefit from the support that Turning Point NI in Ballymena can offer, you can contact us at our  office.

                opening hours -

                Monday to Friday from 10.00am – 4.30pm

                Saturday 10.00am – 2.00pm

                and you can simply walk in at 1 Mill Street, Ballymena BT43 5AA and say you would like to talk in confidence to someone.

                You can also phone 07935 255502 or email

                ECDL Advanced

                ECDL Advanced

                Level 3 ECDL Advanced UCAS Tariff, attracting 40 points

                Classes are ongoing throughout July and August, don't miss this opportunity to gain 40 UCAS points.

                Fast Track Qualifications

                ECDL qualifications

                ECDL modules are available on an ongoing basis and marked inhouse so you get your results instantly.  You complete each module exam whenever you are ready, no need to wait until the class is ready.  At Community Focus Learning we try to work towards individual's needs and support you according to your requirements.  You can choose to come to all classes and get tutor support or you may prefer to work from home and liaise with us via online support. Your choice.  All exams must be completed in our accredited centres either in Ballymena or Portglenone.

                ECDL qualifications

                ECDL Extra L2

                ECDL Advanced L3

                BCS L1

                BCS L2

                BCS L3

                Details of all course above, go to what's on offer and select IT qualifications

                Photos form one of our Award nights

                Careers Service Ballymena

                Mary Graham Community Focus Learning talking with Christina Kelly a Regional Manager (Careers Service Department of Employment and Learning) at the opening of the Careers Resource Centre in their newly refurbished premises at 50 Linenhall Street Ballymena

                for information why not :-

                Contact a careers adviser


                0300 200 7820

                Contact hours:

                Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm 

                Email us:

                This is a FREE service for anyone,  adults included to source information on a range of careers, access to online services and support from a Careers  adviser.



                European Computer Driving LicenceOCR - Recognising AchievementMicrosoft Office Specialist