• Course Information

    Our Essential Digital Skills qualification has been developed to 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.
    The qualification helps learners to build confidence and improve basic digital skills and increase their understanding of the digital world along with the essential digital skills which are needed in a wide range of situations in life and at work. For example, be able to make appointments, order goods and services, organise payments using on-line platforms, understand social media, conduct video calls, create, edit and save a range of documents, and troubleshoot basic problems on their device.

    • Price
      Free, subject to a Skills Check
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus
    • Start Date
      01/02/2022
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      17 weeks
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  • Overview

    At Entry Level 3, the focus is on developing digital skills for life and introducing learners to digital skills for work.

    At Level 1 the focus is primarily on digital skills for work with a secondary focus on digital skills for life. Many of the digital skills learners will acquire through these qualifications will be applicable in both life and work settings.

    This course will be delivered online, with the potential for an initial one to one induction and exams on site. Social distancing measures will be in place if applicable. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.

    Weekly remote learning material, containing 2 hours of flexible study material that you complete for the following live session. This means you can work at your own pace at a time that suits you.

    Live session will be the opportunity for you to submit work, receive feedback and support from your teacher, this will be a mixture of class, group and 1:1 feedback.

  • Equipment Required

    Learners should have access to a suitable device such as a laptop, desktop computer or tablet with internet access at home.

  • Entry Requirements

    Before you enrol, we will make sure you are enrolled to the right level of course for you through a short Skills Check and Information appointment.

    The qualification is designed for students with little or no digital skills and there are no formal entry requirements.

    Please email justask@runshaw.ac.uk or phone 01772 642040 for more details.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The qualification will be assessed using an online platform. There is one timed assessment for each level.

    As part of the assessment the learners will be required to produce and upload documents, such as leaflets and spreadsheets with graphs, however, this can be done in any suitable software.

  • Progression Pathway

    The Essential Digital Skills qualifications are designed to give learners the skills that are required in modern life and work. On completion of the Entry 3 qualification learners could progress to the Level 1. Learners who complete the Level 1 could progress to a variety of digital skills programmes at Level 2.

  • Programme Specification

    What Level is this Qualification?

    At Entry Level 3, the focus is on developing digital skills for life and introducing learners to digital skills for work.
    At Level 1 the focus is primarily on digital skills for work with a secondary focus on digital skills for life. Many of the digital skills learners will acquire through these qualifications will be applicable in both life and work settings.

    How will the course be delivered?

    Weekly remote learning material, containing 2 hours of flexible study material that you complete for the following live session. This means you can work at your own pace at a time that suits you.

    Live session will be the opportunity for you to submit work, receive feedback and support from your teacher, this will be a mixture of class, group and 1:1 feedback. 

  • Recommended Prior Knowledge Requirements

    These are an important pre-requisite of skills learners need to have prior to starting EDSQ:

    • 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)
    • Making 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