Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQs) are now available and will be automatically funded for adults who don’t have the basic digital skills that are typically required for life and work.
Sign up to one of our introductory webinars to see the online assessment platform, or get in touch if you are ready to begin delivery of the qualifications.
“Essential Digital Skills qualifications are a positive step forward in giving our residents the skills they need to access jobs. We wouldn’t have been able to offer them so quickly to our learners without the outstanding support we have received from Gateway Qualifications.”
Westminster Adult Education Service
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Resources to support your delivery of EDSQ
Further guidance available for centres approved to deliver our EDSQs
- Centre Guide
- Standardisation Materials
- Mock Assessments
- Mock Assessment Mark Schemes
Why Essential Digital Skills qualifications are needed
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. These qualifications are designed for adults, and will be available from September 2020.
A 2018 report found that:
- 11.3 million people (21%) lack the full basic digital skills
- 4.3 million (8%) have no basic digital skills at all
- 5.4 million working adults (10%) are without basic digital skills
- People with a registered disability are 4 times as likely to be offline
- 28% of those aged 60+ are offline
The qualifications are based on the national standards (created in April 2019), and will be aimed at adults aged 19+. The qualifications are intended to support adults who want to join the digital world by learning digital skills for life, their work or for use in further study.
The Essential Digital Skills standards are:
- Using devices and handling information (includes how to store information)
- Creating and editing
- Communicating online (such as via Social Media)
- Transacting (buying) online activities
- Being responsible, safe and legal online
When we started talking to providers about Essential Digital Skills, we found that these standards weren’t well understood, so we turned the DfE’s information into a handy infographic, which explains the five skill areas covered by the standards.
An Introduction to our Essential Digital Skills Qualifications.
Sign up for one of our launch webinars to learn more about these new qualifications, see our online assessments, and to find out what you need to do to be ready to teach them from 1st August 2020.
Essential Digital Skills Support and Resources
Discover the wealth of resources available to help you prepare and deliver EDSQ.
Delivering and Assessing Gateway Qualifications Essential Digital Skills Qualifications
Training session exclusive to centres approved to deliver our Essential Digital Skills qualifications. For more information, please call your Business Development Team contact.
Did you know?
Gateway Qualifications is the first Awarding Organisation to complete Ofqual’s technical evaluation and to be able to make EDSQs available to Centres.