Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
48 hours


Learners will develop the knowledge and skills to plan, develop and review a digital skills project.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Be able to propose ideas for a digital skills project. 

AC 1.1:

Identify a digital skills project, for example: animation, interactive media product, website, podcast, computer game, computer program.

Research sources:

  • Primary sources (e.g. observation drawings, photographs, visits).
  • Secondary sources (e.g. practitioner research, books, websites, blogs).
  • Existing products (e.g. websites, games).

Generate ideas: style, purpose, audience needs, visual communication, key messages, design brief, client needs, identity, branding, mind maps, sketches, layout designs, concept art.

AC 1.2:

Project proposal: format (e.g. from a template, written, presentation), genre, working title, purpose, inspiration, content, research, timeline, resources.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Use different sources to generate ideas for a digital skills project. 

  • 1.2

    Create a project proposal. 


Be able to plan a digital skills project. 

  • Workable plan: mind maps, storyboards, site map/structure, navigation/user interaction, content/assets, design layouts, technical requirements, resources, prototypes, resources, time management, budget.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Create a workable plan for the development of a digital skills project. 


Be able to develop a digital skills project to meet proposal requirements. 

  • Develop digital skills project: creating content, importing resources, editing content/assets, authoring, alternative ideas, project management, saving files appropriately, exporting/publishing, keeping a production log, awareness of current legal and ethical issues, copyright legislation etc.
  • Safe working practices: importance of health and safety, working safely with digital devices and equipment, maintaining a safe working environment.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Use appropriate tools and techniques to develop a digital skills project.


Present and review a digital skills project.

  • Presentation formats: presentation, group presentation, critique, use of visual aids, effective communications, meeting initial intentions.
  • Learners should review the project against their proposal and obtain feedback on the quality of finished product and its fitness for purpose, the review should identify positives and negatives relating to the project, rather than the creation process.
  • Learner should include reflections on the project (strengths and areas for development), taking into account user feedback, own self-assessment, feedback from others (peers, tutors), user experience, analysing feedback, identifying areas of improvement.
  • Suggested improvements to own work: more efficient or effective ways of working, ways to improve the design, develop own digital skills, planning, production, time management, etc.

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Present a digital skills project using appropriate format.

  • 4.2

    Review a digital skills project, making refinements as necessary.

  • 4.3

    Outline the strengths and areas for development of the digital skills project and suggest improvements to own work.