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Level Entry / 1

Essential Digital Skills

Research suggests that over 11 million people in the UK do not have the digital skills necessary to succeed in the workplace or to actively engage with an increasing range of digital services.

Our Essential Digital Skills course is designed to help develop a range of digital skills, leading to you achieving a BCS Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Awards in Essential Digital Skills for Work and Essential Digital Skills for Life.

Duration: The course is flexible so can be completed in your own time. It is modular in nature with the commitment being equivalent to 50 hours of learning.

Course Fees: The cost of the programme will be based upon personal circumstances and for a number of learners will be free. Contact us to discuss your personal circumstances.

This qualification enables learners to develop a range of digital skills including:

  • Working with digital devices
  • Solving basic technical issues
  • Safely carrying out online transactions
  • The safe viewing and sharing of digital content
  • Creating, editing and storing digital media

Programme delivery will include a combination of structured learning materials and face-to-face delivery with the opportunity to access regular support through the college’s adult learning hub.

The courses are available at two levels and the most suitable programme for you will be discussed with our adult learning hub team. Progression may be to the next level of qualification, onto higher-level IT qualifications or a number of other college programmes.

These qualifications have no formal entry requirements but are aimed at a range of learners, who:

  • Have no or limited experience of using digital devices
  • Require skills to:
    • Apply for government funding
    • Manage finances
    • Progress in work or further study
    • Communicate with family, friends, colleagues and peers who are at a distance

ID to be provided prior to course.

Each unit is assessed through the completion of skills and knowledge online assessments provided by BCS.