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
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.