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The Essential Digital Skills qualification gives learners the skills needed to navigate the digital world in day-to-day life. Digital and IT skills are key qualities that employers look for – with over 70% of businesses stating their staff require basic digital skills to enable them to complete their job effectively.

Course Information

The Essential Digital Skills course teaches adults the skills they need to participate and communicate successfully in the online world. Students will learn how to use technology, computers and other digital devices in their home and work life, allowing them to build confidence and simplify everyday tasks. The course covers a broad range of IT knowledge and students will learn through an online platform, which they can complete in their own time.

This course is available at two levels: Level 1 focuses primarily on professional digital skills, with a secondary focus on utilising these skills at home. The emphasis for Entry Level 3 is on developing digital skills for life and introducing learners to the different work scenarios where these skills may be required.

Length of Course

Approximately 45 guided learning hours - with the choice of studying in the classroom, remotely or a mixture of both. The number of hours required will vary between individuals.

Please note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, all learning is currently taking place remotely and online.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their digital and IT skills, and gain a recognised qualification.

Funding and Eligibility

This course is free to any adult (employed or unemployed) who doesn’t have an existing IT Level 2 qualification.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access to a computer, laptop or tablet. If you do not have this equipment you may be able to loan it from the college subject to eligibility. To help you gain the most from this course, we do not recommend completing it using a smartphone. You will also require access to the Internet.

Units / Modules

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to use smartphones, computers and other devices
  • Multitask, and handle and transfer information across devices - ensuring information can always be accessed at work, home or ‘on the go’
  • Create and edit documents for work and home - uploading; downloading; photo cropping; compressing files; emailing files; and understanding the format of professional documents
  • Navigate the web and communicate online through social media, email, online meetings and video calls
  • Manage financial affairs and make transactions online
  • Recognise the warning signs for online scams, fraud and unsafe websites
  • Maintain online privacy - how to keep profiles and personal information secret
  • Stay safe on the web, including managing personal information and choosing strong passwords

This course will also teach students the correct preparation for job interviews and how to enhance employability by highlighting digital skills on their CV.

Benefits / Skills

Will I gain any qualifications?

Depending on the course taken, students will gain an Essential Digital Skills Level 1 or Entry 3 qualification.

How will I learn?

This course is currently taught through online modules, supported with group and tutor-led sessions for a blended learning approach. Your tutor will provide additional individual support to ensure you receive the best learning experience.

Entry Requirements

Basic computer skills are required. Anyone concerned about their level of ability can contact or 0113 284 6296 to discuss this further.

Career Progression

Following successful achievement, students will also have the opportunity to progress to a higher-level course or specialise in an area of their choice. Doing so will enable learners to enhance their employability.

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Course Details


18-24 weeks

Study Type

Part time

Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

£180   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Fee (Adult)

£150 plus exam fee of £30–£180   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

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