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 Fee-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. Students will have the assistance of a facilitator at tutored sessions.


Te KuitiTuesday 9am–12pm
Wednesday 9am–12pm
ThamesMonday 10am – 2pm
Tuesday 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 10am – 2pm
WaihiMonday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday 9am – 12pm
Wednesday 9am – 12pm
Friday 9am – 12pm
Ngāruawāhia Community House, 13 Galileo St, Ngāruawāhia

Thursday 10am-2pm

What you'll learn

Allows students to become familiar with keyboard use. While increasing typing speed, students will also learn to avoid overuse injuries.

This allows you to create, edit, format and print documents e.g. letters, memos and CV’s. 

Replaces pen, paper and calculator allowing you to work easily with numbers, on a spreadsheet. 

Desktop publishing programs allow publications to be designed for both printing and the web. Text and graphics are combined to produce professional documents used in the world of advertising and publishing. 

A PowerPoint presentation is made up of a series of slides. The slides that you create using PowerPoint can also be presented as overhead transparencies or 35mm slides. In addition to slides, you can print audience hand-outs, outlines, and speaker’s notes.

Internet and email
The internet is a worldwide computer network that provides information on a lot of subjects and enables users to exchange messages, one way is Email - operating across the Internet or other computer networks, it is the cheapest form of communication when compared to telephone calls, and you don’t need to worry about time zones. It costs no more to send an email across the world than to your neighbour. Letters, music, pictures and reports etc can be sent as attachments.

Entry criteria


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 timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

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

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

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)

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