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Essential Digital Skills Level 1

Study mode Part Time Day
Level 1
Duration 5 weeks
Subject Digital Technologies
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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This qualification primarily focuses on digital skills for work with a secondary focus on digital skills for life.

Course content

The course will cover the following skills areas:

  • Using devices and handling information: A basic understanding of hardware, software, operating systems and commonly used applications. Students will develop fundamental digital skills by learning how to manage and store information and identify and solve simple technical issues.
  • Creating and editing: Students will be taught to use applications to edit, enhance and format different types of information for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Communicating: An understanding of electronic communications, such as email and video calls. Students will gain awareness and be able to use digital communication for a range of contexts and audiences.
  • Transacting: Students will learn to complete and submit an online form, comply with digital verification checks, and purchase an item or service online. Students will then learn to compare products against other available online options and manage their transactional account settings.
  • Being safe and responsible online: Students will learn about being responsible online, understanding the importance of digital wellbeing. This will involve privacy and data protection, conducting best practice online behaviour, backing up data, and understanding the psychological health risks of online activity.

Qualifications on completion

  • Essential Digital Skills

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but you will need to complete an initial assessment to assign you to the correct course based on your prior qualifications.


After successfully completing this qualification, learners may wish to progress onto higher-level courses in a variety of digital areas such as web design and cyber security. You will also be able to use your new digital skills in everyday life and increase your employment opportunities.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC005297
Start date Variable
Location East Ham Campus
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