Meet employers’ demand for a workforce with a variety of digital abilities and enhance your learners’ skillset with our range of digital qualifications.

Essential Digital Skills are just that: essential

The sector has a significant challenge to support the estimated 1 in 5 adults who lack basic digital skills in the UK.

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ) have assisted thousands of learners in developing basic digital knowledge and skills they need for life, work, and further study.

Find out more about Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ)

“The beauty of the Essential Digital Skills Qualification is that it’s highly practical, we look at the everyday use of digital skills and we can see how quickly our learners increase their confidence. Also, at the end of each stage, our pupils receive a nationally recognised qualification from Gateway Qualifications.”

Sarah Bradley, Co-ordinator at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning 

Discover everything EDSQ

With 90% of jobs expected to require basic digital skills, many colleges and local education providers are bridging the skills gap by offering Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ).

Join our Essential Guide to EDSQ and get the tools needed to confidently deliver this Government-backed incentive.

Learn valuable hints and tips for successful delivery and introduce the assessment methods covering all skill areas.

Register for Essential Guide to EDSQ

New City College enhances learners’ employability with EDSQ

Discover how New City College embedded EDSQ in their curriculum, and improve the opportunities of adults who were disengaged from digital technologies.

Delivering EDSQ at New City College

Download your free digital infographics

The skills needed for the workforce are changing – 90% of jobs expected to emerge within the next 20 years will require a range of digital abilities, from basic communication to advanced software and programming skills.

Learn more about our funded qualifications suitable for learners 16 – 19 and learners aged 19 and over with our two infographics.

Digital journey for learners aged 16 – 19   Digital journey for learners aged 19 and over

Are you and your learners cyber-safe?

“Trust but verify. Back up, back up, back up. Change your password as often as you change your toothbrush!”

Hear how Colleges and Training Providers are protecting both their organisation and their learners from cyber threats; and discover essential hints and tips from experts on how to protect your organisation and keep your learners cyber-safe.

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Help your learners stay safe online

Prepare your learners for the digital world; for learning, in the workplace and beyond – Our fully funded Cybersecurity qualifications are essential in any curriculum.

The Level 1 and Level 2 Award in Cybersecurity can help your Centre provide evidence to Ofsted of safeguarding measures while educating your learners and staff about online dangers and ways to guard against them.

Level 1 Award in Cybersecurity  Level 2 Award in Cybersecurity

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The world has changed in the last two years, becoming more digital than ever. Many colleges and local education providers are bridging the skills gap through providing by offering the Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ) to learners across the country.


As the leading Awarding Organisation for Essential Digital Skills, we are often asked “how are other providers using EDSQ?”