Basic Computing (Self Paced Applied Computer Education)

Course details

  • Ongoing enrolments
  • Variable duration
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fee-free
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free
  • Hamilton City Campus, Ngaruawahia, Thames or Waihi


Students in this programme will learn the basics of computing at their own pace, as an introduction to computer programmes or to improve existing skills.

Learn the fundamentals of computer knowledge and keyboard use, how to access and navigate the internet, use programmes to write and send emails, create documents, and learn how to print. This course also covers different computing programmes and applications such as Microsoft Office. Students will have the assistance and support of a facilitator at tutored sessions.

Location, day and time:


Location: Hamilton City Campus

Contact: 07 834 8800 ext 3261




Location: 414 Queen Street, Thames, 3540

Contact number: 07 868 8778 ext 3538




Location: 43 Moresby Avenue, Waihi

Contact number: 07 868 8778 ext 3538




Location: Ngaruawahia Community House, 13 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia

Contact number: 07 868 8778 ext 3538



What you will learn

Become familiar with common keyboard functions, increasing your typing speed, and learn to protect yourself from overuse injuries.

Internet and email
Discover how to navigate the internet and how to use email effectively including attaching reports, photos, and documents.

Learn how to use Microsoft Office tools including:

Microsoft Word
Create, edit, format, and print documents such as letters, memo, and resumes/CVs.

Microsoft Excel
Create documents that contain both words and numbers such as budgets, removing the need for calculators, pens, and paper.

Microsoft Publisher
Combine text and graphics to produce professional documents used for advertising and publishing. Create publications designed for both printings and for the web.

Microsoft PowerPoint
Create presentations to show an audience in a series of slides. Learn how to print presentation hand-outs, outlines, and speaker notes. Design slides for use on overhead transparencies and 35mm slides.


Entry criteria


Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

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