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Essential Digital Skills


Essential Digital Skills qualifications are designed to help you develop the digital skills you need for life, work or further study.

This course is ideal for absolute beginners with mobile devises and will help you learn how to:

  • Find out how to start using a mobile phone, a PC, a tablet or a digital devise correctly
  • Open applications on a PC or a mobile phone and connect to the internet
  • Keep safe online
  • Use a digital devise to buy products online, safely
  • Communicate and keep in touch with family/friends or work online through video calls
  • Find out information, download and complete online forms.

Progressing from Entry Level 3 onto Level 1, you will then focus on digital skills which you may need in the work place and how to use digital devises in the work place effectively.

You can study on a flexible basis, with multiple sessions per week available so you are able to attend at times that suit your existing commitments and lifestyle. You can also start the course at any time during the year. The course lasts between 4 and 6 months depending on how many sessions per week you attend.

You will undertake an initial assessment to determine what level you are currently working at, and what level of course is right for you.  Our flexible learning sessions run during the daytime at our Adult Learning Centre on Chesterfield Road South in the centre of Mansfield, and at our main Derby Road site in the evening.

Entry requirements

You need to undertake an initial assessment but no prior qualifications are needed.

Start dates and fees

You can start at any time during the year, and the course is free for anyone aged 19 or over.

How long is the course?

Each course usually takes about 4-6 months, depending on how many sessions per week you attend.

How will I be assessed?

There is an online test at the end of the course, and an additional task observed by the tutor for Entry level 3.

What does the course lead to?

Employment or further study

What will I study?

  • Using devices and handling information
  • Creating and editing
  • Communicating
  • Transacting
  • Being safe and responsible online

What can I go on to study?

Functional Skills in ICT, Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills, or Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment.

How do I apply?

Enrolling onto the course of your choice couldn’t be easier – just call us on 0808 100 3626. Remember to do this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as our courses are very popular and places are limited.

Enrolment takes place on the first session of your course.


Next steps

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