Key Facts

Entry Level 3
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Qualification No:
55 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Whilst some of our qualifications are regulated for pre 16 learners our minimum age is 14.

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • E-assessment

  • Why choose Gateway Qualifications for this qualification?

    Gateway Qualifications offers a range of innovative, flexible and dynamic vocational qualifications that are valued and meaningful and which will develop the skills necessary to gain employment or to progress through further study.

    Rules of Combination

    In order to achieve this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete the online assessment.


    Mandatory Group

    In order to achieve this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete the online assessment.

    Gateway Qualifications Entry Level 3 in Digital Functional Skills

    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
    Not available
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The qualifications have the following purposes:
    • to enable learners to develop the digital skills they need for life, work, or further study as set out in the National standards for digital functional skills
    • to provide reliable evidence of learners’ attainment in relation to the National standards for digital functional skills.
    At entry 3 the focus will be on developing skills for life and introducing learners to skills for work. At level 1 the focus will be more on skills for work with a secondary focus on skills for life.

    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    The content of the qualifications is based on the National standards for essential digital skills April 2019 (reference: DfE-00082-2019) and covers 5 skills areas :

    1. Using devices and handling information
    2. Creating and editing
    3. Communicating
    4. Transacting
    5. Being safe and responsible online

    The qualifications are appropriate for adults across a wide range of settings

    The qualifications have been developed in collaboration with FE colleges, private skills/training providers, adult community learning providers and subject matter experts.

    Progression & entry requirements

    No previous formal qualifications are required for entry to these qualifications. Learners should normally have English skills at the level below their chosen qualification. The DfE national standards in digital functional skills acknowledges that some adults may need support to handle and use digital devices for the first time and learn the following foundation skills before enrolling on an entry level course. • 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) • 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. Centres should carry out a initial assessment of each learner prior to the start of the qualification to identify their current digital skills capabilities and areas for development.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.