An estimated one in five adults lack basic digital skills. To address this skills gap, from August 2020 the Department for Education (DfE) is introducing an entitlement for adults to fully-funded digital skills qualifications.
These digital skills qualifications will be targeted at adults aged 19 plus and are intended to support adults to develop the digital skills they need for life, work or further study. The qualifications will be based on the national standards published in April 2019.
Gateway Qualifications has started the process of developing qualifications based on these standards and the requirements of Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

Progression is applicable from Entry Level 3 to Level 1 after successful completion of the Entry Level 3

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

Entry Level 3

Designed for adults with no or little prior experience of using digital devices or the internet.

Level 1

Designed for adults with some experience of using digital devices and the internet but lacking secure basic digital skills.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
TEN1FX006E 01/08/2020 N/A £0.00 £0.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Costs 

Course has two start dates between January and April. Course lasts for 10 weeks.

Course content

Course Content 

What are the 5 skills areas within the Essential Digital Skills qualifications?

Using devices and handling information
This skills area covers 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 ?rst learn to create and edit documents before moving on to creating and editing other types of digital media, such as images, audio ?les and videos. Eventually, students will be taught to applications to edit, enhance and format different types of information for a range of purposes and audiences.

Communicating
The communication skills area requires students to demonstrate 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
This skills area involves the ability to complete and submit an online form, comply with digital veri?cation checks, and purchase an item or service online. Eventually, students will learn to compare products against other available online options and manage their transactional account settings.

Being safe and responsible online
The ?nal skills area is to understand the importance of digital wellbeing, students will learn about being responsible online. This will involve privacy and data protection, conducting best practice online behaviour, backing up data, and understanding the psychological health risks of online activity.

 

More info

Start Day/Time 

January 2021, April 2021

Duration 

30 Hours

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 1

Qualification Name 

Generic Certificate (incl City & Guilds)

Awarding Body 

TBC

Curriculum Area 

Business, Digital, Leadership & ESOL - Digital & Computing

More about the course 

This course is fully funded and has no cost to the learner

Duration 

30 Hours

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 1

Qualification Name 

Generic Certificate (incl City & Guilds)

Awarding Body 

TBC