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The Glenholm Centre
By Biggar
Scottish Borders
ML12 6JF
01899 830408

One to One Training
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Course List

The Glenholm Centre provides a wide range of computer courses either at its training facility between Peebles and Biggar in the Scottish Borders, or on site wherever you are. Whether you're a home user, a small business or a larger organisation, and wherever you come from (but particularly if you are based in Edinburgh, South Lanarkshire or the Scottish Borders), we can provide the computer training you require tailored to your specific needs.

We specialise in Microsoft Office (up to and including 2013) and OpenOffice software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher and FrontPage from the Office Suite; Writer, Calc, and Base from OpenOffice). We also cover Microsoft operating systems and Internet applications and run courses on the use of digital cameras, scanners, picture editing and web design. Our courses are designed to cater for all levels of computer user.

All courses, which are conducted by Neil Robinson, are practical and flexible in nature, encouraging participants to learn through practice and experiment, and aim to break through the jargon that often clouds computer technology. On courses at Glenholm each participant has a dedicated computer for the duration of the course and at the Centre groups are never larger than four.

Participants of all computer courses receive detailed course notes and are entitled to one month of free support by telephone or e-mail after completing the course as long as this support relates to the course attended.

Two styles of  training are available:

    One to One Training/Relax and Learn Computer Breaks
    On-site training

The list of courses currently offered appears below. However we are constantly developing new training programmes and can often tailor courses to the specific requirements of the customer. Please contact us if the course you require does not appear here.



We can offer one to one training at the Glenholm Centre near Broughton in the Scottish Borders (detailed directions and maps can be found in a separate page) or both one to one and group training on the customer's premises if required.  Costs vary depending on the style of training and location. 


One to One Training

As people become more familiar with their computers and their needs become more specialised and specific, this is an increasingly popular style of training. One to one sessions are charged by the hour, can cover any topics that the trainee chooses, and can be held at the Glenholm Centre or at the trainee's premises (home or office). In the latter case there would also be a transport charge.

Relax and Learn Breaks

The relax and learn computing breaks combine one to one tuition spread over two or more days (up to five) with accommodation. The shorter courses usually cover one specific computer topic while the five day courses combine elements from a number of applications. The more formal component of the training is typically conducted during the morning sessions which may run from 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM. However participants have access to a computer throughout the afternoon for practice if they so wish with professional support available throughout this period. Lunch is available.

A Typical Day at
The Glenholm Centre

  • Wake up to the sounds of the countryside.
  • Enjoy a full farm breakfast in the Centre’s dining room.
  • Spend the morning in the training room.
  • After lunch how about a walk along the glen, discovering more of its scenic beauty, or continue practising in the training room.
  • In the evening, enjoy a hearty three course dinner and then relax in our comfortable lounge and residents’ bar.
  • Retire to bed with only the babble of the burn and the hooting of the owls to keep you awake.

These courses are normally residential with participants arriving in time for dinner the evening before the first day of training and leaving on the afternoon of the last day of training.

Five day courses usually commence on a Tuesday and finish on a Saturday. Two day courses may be held on any two consecutive days but typically are held at weekends.

Rates for different styles of training are displayed below along with the list of courses available.


On-Site Training and Workshops

The Centre is able to provide on-site training either at a customer's premises or at an independent venue. Such training is often tailored to the needs of the customer and may include any of the content included in the courses listed below. 

In the past the Centre has run courses at the Heriot Watt Galashiels campus for the Borders Training Group and at Tweed Horizons for Scottish Enterprise Borders using equipment based at those venues. We have also held seminars for members of the VisitScotland Scottish Borders and Scottish Enterprise Borders (SEB) at various hotels around the Scottish Borders and at SEB's Ettrick Riverside premises in Selkirk. Since 2005, and in conjunction with People First Training, we have provided IT training in London for MAN Roland.

A more flexible but perhaps more focused and time efficient option is to organise a short workshop. Training in this case would not be hands-on, but answers to questions would be prepared in advance and then explained using PC and projector, with the opportunity for further related questions, answers and discussion. Such sessions would not normally last for more than about an hour and a half.

Finally, within a single day or half day,  we have held a series of short 1-to-1 sessions around a single computer with employees of a number of Scottish Borders and Edinburgh based businesses. In this way each employee can get quick answers to their outstanding questions.

Costs of on site training will vary depending on location, style of training and number of participants. Example rates are listed below.  



Courses at the Glenholm Centre are scheduled as and when they are requested. Please phone us on 01899 830408 or  e-mail us to make a booking.


Rates for 2014

One to One Training (per hour)
      (+Travel Expenses where appropriate)


Relax and Learn Computing Breaks (per person - two or more trainees total)
Combine One to One Training Rate with Accommodation
On Site Training
One Day Group Training (+Travel Expenses)


Half Day Group Training (+Travel Expenses) £140.00
Short Workshop (typically 1.5 hours) £110.00
Travel Expenses: £30 minimum fee for the first 15 miles from Broughton, and then £0.50 per mile beyond that.

note: on-site training within five miles of the Glenholm Centre incurs no travel expenses.


Course List

The following list covers most of the topics on which we can provide tuition. However we may be able to tailor the content to suit your specific needs. Please e-mail us to find out.

Course Title
Five Day Courses
Computing for Beginners
Beyond the Basics
Getting More from Office and Publisher
Pictures to Presentation
Web Design using FrontPage
Fundamentals and Operating Systems
An Introduction to Personal Computers
Finding Your Way Round Windows
Finding Your Way Round Windows - Stage I - Windows & Programs
Finding Your Way Round Windows - Stage II - Disks and Data
The Internet
An Introduction to the Internet
The Internet - Stage I - Getting Connected
The Internet - Stage II - Beyond the Web
E-Mail - Stage I - The Basics
E-Mail - Stage II - Mail Management
Create Your Own Web Page
Advanced Web Page Design
Applications (Word Processing)
Creating Stylish Letters and Leaflets
Microsoft Word - Stage I - Getting Started
Microsoft Word - Stage II - Working with Graphics
Microsoft Word - Stage III - Laying Out Text
Microsoft Word - Stage IV - Mail Merge
Applications (Spreadsheets)
Microsoft Excel - Stage I - Getting Started
Microsoft Excel - Stage II - Multiple Spreadsheets
Microsoft Excel - Stage III - Working with Data
Applications (Databases)
Microsoft Access - Stage I - Tables
Microsoft Access - Stage II - Queries
Microsoft Access - Stages I & II - Tables and Queries
Microsoft Access - Stage III - Forms and Reports
Microsoft Access - Stage IV - Menu Driven Databases
Applications (Desk Top Publishing & Presentation Management)
Microsoft Powerpoint - Stage I - The Basics
Microsoft Powerpoint - Stage II - Movement and Sound
Microsoft Publisher
Pictures from Scanner to Application - Stage I - Scanning and Saving
Pictures from Scanner to Application - Stage II - Editing
Digital Cameras and Editing Pictures
Applications (Personal Organisers)
Microsoft Outlook - Stage I - Contacts and Diaries