Essential Digital Skills

Entry Levels 1–3
Learning Aim Reference: 603/7119/5

The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate understanding of and competency in the essential digital skills they need for life. It will enable learners to engage with digital services and products in everyday life.

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Total Guided Learning Hours

48 hours

Hours per week

2 hours 45 minutes

Total number of Sessions



Tuition Fees

This course is FREE if you are aged 16+ and have no or low digital skills

Awarding Body and/or Examination Costs if applicable



What study is needed at home?

It will really help if you can practise activities at home using recommended websites, worksheets and books.  Try and allow an hour or two a week – this can be split up to fit in with your other commitments.

Previous Learning

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Main Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Being safe and responsible online and on digital devices

Understand being safe and responsible online and on digital devices. Learners will gain knowledge and skills in using multiple authentications, understanding a range of data threats and being physically and psychologically safe when using digital devices.

Using digital devices and handling information

Understand using devices and handling data. Learners will gain knowledge and skills in searching, managing and storing information using digital devices.

Creating and Editing

Understand creating, editing and enhancing digital media. Learners will gain knowledge and skills in using digital devices to edit and enhance a range of digital media.

Digital Communication

Understand digital communication. Learners will gain the knowledge and skills in a range of digital communication modes.

Transacting Digitally

Understand using online transactional services. Learners will gain knowledge and skills of comparing and purchasing safely online.

Progression to further learning with FACE

Students who complete Essential Digital Skills Entry Level 3 will be able to progress on to a Level 1 qualification.

Progression to other Providers

Local colleges and other further education providers