Xampp solved! Everyone was having problems with downloading Xampp. Some of us got further than others but no one was able to continue with the whole process.
The college decided that each student should buy their own domain and hosting site. We researched different ones like:
These are quite expensive and GoDaddy.com is not so good if you need any help.
We researched these so as students we would be satisfied by TSO host.com, which was the company chosen by the college.
Some students registered in class. The total cost was around £20.00. I registered at home and finally got the site up and running. Brilliant!
We are going to work on these sites in next weeks lecture and follow the tutor as he goes through wordpress and buddypress.