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Basic Computing (Self Paced Applied Computer Education)

Course details

  • Ongoing enrolments
  • Variable duration
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees-free*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees-free
  • Hamilton City Campus, Ngāruwāhia or Ōtorohanga


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


MondayTo be confirmed
ThursdayTo be confirmed


Location: 128-130 Maniapoto Street, Ōtorohanga

Contact number: 07 868 8778

Email: ō

Wednesday10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm


Location: Ngāruawāhia Community House, 13 Galileo Street, Ngāruawāhia

Contact number: 07 868 8778


If you are interested in studying in Ngāruawāhia, please contact us on the details above.


Location: 414 Queen Street, Thames, 3540

Contact number: 07 868 8778


If you are interested in studying at our Thames Campus, please contact us on the details above.

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.

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Entry criteria


To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Find dates and information about this programme by clicking on the button below for your chosen campus.

Students starting Semester 1 2023 – Hamilton City Campus

first day and course information

Students starting Semester 1 2023 – Thames Campus

First day and course information are to be confirmed.

Students starting Semester 1 2023 – Ngāruawahia Campus

First day and course information are to be confirmed.

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

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Prospectus (course guide)

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