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Access free online digital skills courses, including introductory lessons for people who have never used the internet or who need to learn basic computer skills. They are available at our UK Online Centres, part of a network of over 6000 centres across the country helping to get people online. If you’ve never used a mouse before, or want to understand online banking or social media, this is perfect for you.

Transparent Language Online for Somerset Libraries members

Transparent Language Online offers Somerset Libraries members the chance to learn over 110 different languages for free. Suitable for everyone to complete, from beginners to those wanting to improve their language skills. It offers a wide range of learning tools suitable for both adults and children including child-specific courses – ‘KidSpeak’.

Some key feature of Transparent Language Online are

  • It’s completely free – no hidden costs, no subscriptions, no premium options
  • It can be accessed remotely meaning you can learn from anywhere, in the library, at home or even on your smartphone
  • You can learn at your own pace and keep track of your progress in your Learning Path page
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Transparent Language Online – Guide

Quick guide to accessing this free service

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Learn My Way website

The Learn My Way website offers courses on a wide range of digital skills. Library staff are on hand to support learners through the basic courses, so no need to feel nervous if you are a complete beginner.

For people who want to expand their digital skills, there are more advanced courses available on everything from shopping and banking online to skills for jobseekers. These are not included in the supported sessions, but learners can progress onto any of them free of charge on a library computer. Current courses are listed below.

Using your computer or device

  • Using a keyboard
  • Using a mouse
  • Using a touchscreen
  • Using a computer
  • Creating documents

Online basics

  • Using the internet
  • Using online forms
  • Using email
  • Using search engines

Online plus

  • Socialising online
  • Online shopping
  • Using Facebook
  • Using a digital camera
  • Watching and listening online
  • Smart internet
  • How to be a Digital Champion

Online safety

  • Keeping your device safe
  • Being safe online
  • Keeping your personal data safe

Finding a job online

  • Job hunting online
  • National Careers Service website: a how to guide
  • Jobs and interviews

Improving your health online

  • GP services online: a how to guide
  • The NHS website: a how to guide

Managing your money online

  • Online and mobile banking
  • Make money work

Public online services

  • Using public online services
  • Universal Credit – a how to guide

Driving Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test available for Somerset library members. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the people who set the tests.

The benefits of Theory Test Pro include

  • Unlimited Access to all of Your Members – Give access to all of your members easily accessed from your library.
  • Remote Access – Give your members remote access from home. They’ll be able to practice 24/7.
  • Automatic Upgrades – Forget needing to upgrade the software. We take care of that so you’re always up to date.

Go Citizen

GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. It is free to all members of Somerset Libraries.

Here you can access

  • An online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook
  • Hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test
  • Additional interactive learning resources and teaching aids

Last reviewed: February 29, 2024 by Qi

Next review due: August 29, 2024

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