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    About the course

    Essential Digital Skills qualifications are intended to support adults who want to learn digital skills for life, their work or for use in further study. It is estimated that one in five adults lack foundation skills in digital technology. To fill this gap, the Department for Education is introducing digital skills qualifications based on the essential digital skills framework. The qualifications will be available at Entry Level 3 and Level 1 and can be accessed from September 2020.

    Entry requirements

    No experience is required; however, this course is aimed at those who have a good foundation of existing skills and are wishing to develop them further. As a minimum you will expected to be able to do the following:

    • Turning on a device (including entering and updating any account information safely, such as a password) 
    • Using the available controls on a device (such as a mouse and keyboard for a computer, or touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet)
    • Use of accessibility tools (including assistive technology) to make devices easier to use (such as changing display settings to make content easier to read)
    • Interacting with the home screen on a device 
    • Connecting to the internet (including Wi-Fi) safely and securely, and opening a browser 
    • Opening and accessing an application on a device

    How much does it cost?

    FREE (subject to eligibility criteria)

    Awarding Body

    Gateway Qualifications

    Why study?

    The qualifications will be based on the national standards and will be aimed at adults aged 19+. The Essential Digital Skills qualifications are based on the following 5 standards:

    Using devices and handling information (includes how to store information)
    This skills area covers a basic understanding of hardware, software, operating systems and commonly used applications. You will develop fundamental digital skills by learning how to manage and store information, and identify and solve simple technical issues.

    Creating and editing
    You will first learn to create and edit documents before moving on to creating and editing other types of digital media, such as images, audio files and videos. Eventually, you will be taught to use applications to edit, enhance and format different types of information for a range of purposes and audiences.

    Communicating online
    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 (buying) online activities
    This skills area involves the ability to complete and submit an online form, comply with digital verification checks, and purchase an item or service online. Eventually, you will learn to compare products against other available online options and manage their transactional account settings. 

    Being responsible, safe and legal online
    The final skills area is to understand the importance of digital wellbeing, you 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.

    Where will this course take me?

    Entry Level 3 to Level 1

    How will I be assessed?

    You will need to complete an initial assessment diagnostic to identify the appropriate level for you. This is an online multiple-choice assessment that takes around 1 hour. Upon completing your diagnostic, a tutor will review your results and discuss the appropriate course for you to enrol on.

    On-going feedback will be provided within the classroom lessons both from your tutor and peers. You will be expected to complete practical exercises related to the use of digital skills within everyday life as well as dedicated independent study.  Your final assessment will be a timed online e-assessment at the end of your course which will be invigilated by your tutor. 

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and speak with an Admissions Adviser, pop into our Bright Futures centre to speak to our team or fill out the expression of interest form below.

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    Come and see us in the Bright Futures Training Centre based in Harlow Town Centre. Working in this relaxed, supportive environment we will help provide you with the skills you need to find the job you want and give you the confidence to get back into the world of work.

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