This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2024 and the certification end date is 31/07/2025.

Key Facts

Level 1
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Qualification No:
20 hours
Total qualification time:
20 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
  • Multiple Choice Examination

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The qualification purpose is to develop learners’ understanding of potential online harms and give them strategies for keeping safe online and maintaining their own digital wellbeing.

    As we all make more use of digital devices and spend more time online, it has become increasingly important that we are able to do this safely and without compromising our health or wellbeing. With a more developed understanding of online harms and potential risks of internet use, we are better able to navigate our way safely in the digital world. There have been a number of recent research reports which have identified the detrimental effect of social media usage on mental health, particularly for young people. It is vital that they are equipped with digital resilience strategies that enable them to make positive use of the internet without compromising their wellbeing.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.


    Mandatory Group

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.

    Keeping Safe and Healthy in the Digital World

    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification develops learners’ understanding of potential online harms and give them strategies for keeping safe online and maintaining their own digital wellbeing.

    The qualification is assessed via an online assessment.

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

    Learners will gain an introductory understanding of harmful online content and interactions, ways to keep themselves safe from these and how to report them where appropriate. They will also learn about digital resilience and digital wellbeing so that they are better able to keep self and healthy as an online user.

    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    Gateway Qualifications offers a number of similar qualifications, which either have a different focus in terms of content or a different assessment method. For example:
    Awards in E-safety which cover safe online practice (but not digital resilience or wellbeing) and are assessed through a portfolio of evidence (rather than through an online test); Awards in Keeping Safe and Healthy which include reference to online safety and digital wellbeing (alongside real-world health and safety); Awards in British Values which cover online safety (but only in the context of radicalisation and extremism).

    Assessment for this qualificaiton is available on-demand via an online multiple-choice test which is externally set and marked.

    Progression & entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements.

    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.