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Basic digital skills qualifications for life and work.

Our Essential Digital Skills qualifications cover a wide range of contexts that will be suitable for learners who choose to go onto further study, into the workplace or for life skills.

As part of this programme, learners will also develop their knowledge and understanding of website design and computer programming.

This programme runs for 3 weeks with a mix of on-campus teaching and independent study.

Following successful completion of this qualification, students may wish to progress onto digital qualifications at a higher level to further develop their understanding and skills. This qualification may also support students to progress into employment.

Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills

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.

Level 1 Award in Website Design

You will learn how to create a simple website using tools and techniques to add functionality, navigation buttons and hyperlinks. Students will also develop skills in planning and designing a website and once complete, reviewing the finished website and making suggestions for improvement.

Level 1 Award in Introduction to Programming

You will learn about the basic principles of computer programming to understand how programming works. You will develop graphic-based programming skills to design and develop your own computer program.

Modules include:

  • Basic principles of programming
  • Designing a simple computer program in response to a client brief
  • Graphical programming
  • Testing, documentation and reviewing


You must be unemployed and aged 19+ at the start of this course. There is no requirement for learners to have achieved prior qualifications or units prior to undertaking these qualifications.

Interested? Enquire now!

Whether you need to upskill, improve your marketability or seek new opportunities, now is the ideal time to start a free digital course with Newham College.

Enquire now and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your options.

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