Gateway Essential Digital Skills (Entry Level 3 and Level 1)
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.
These digital skills qualifications will be targeted at adults aged 19+ 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. Entry Level 3 is designed for adults with no or little prior experience of using digital devices or the internet. Level 1 is designed for adults with some experience of using digital devices and the internet but lacking secure basic digital skills.
No previous formal qualifications are required for entry to these qualifications, students should normally have English skills at the level below their chosen qualification. Students will be asked to complete an initial assessment prior to the start of the qualification to identify their current digital skills capabilities and areas for development.
There are 5 skill areas to the course:
1. Using devices and handling information
2. Creating and editing
5. Being safe and responsible online
Online assessments for both the Entry Level 3 and Level 1 qualifications which are externally set by the Awarding Organisations.
Following successful achievement learners may wish to further develop their understanding and skills and progress on to digital qualifications at a higher level.
Dates & course durations
September 2022, dates TBC.
Teaching and learning for these qualifications will ensure that students develop essential digital knowledge and skills at the appropriate level, as set out in the national standards. Wherever possible, the learning programmes will be tailored to meet individual students’ needs. Consideration will be given to the types of digital skills that students want to develop and the circumstances in which they want or need to use these. Students should make optimal use of their own digital devices and the applications they wish to use. Students will be given the opportunity to practise their skills in a variety of contexts, prior to taking the assessment.
Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.
This course requires additional study from home and you will need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning.
The qualifications may also support learners to progress into or within employment.