When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Marlene Nagulendran
  • Course Code W21MITB03A

What you will learn

It is estimated that one in five adults don’t have basic skills in digital technology. To fill this gap, we have introduced this Essential Digital Skills Qualification based on the Government's national standards. These qualifications are designed for adults aged 19+ and will give you the skills you need for work and daily life and are free of charge. The qualifications are intended to support you to join the digital world by learning skills for life, work or for use in further study

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Using devices and handling information
  • Being responsible and staying safe online
  • Online shopping safely
  • Communicating online, including using social media
  • Creating and editing documents

Class format and activities

Classes will be delivered in the classroom at the Waterloo site, typical activities will include: Whole group teaching, Group activities, Practical exercises, Demonstrations, 1-1 Support and guidance. Assessment methods will include, ongoing formal/informal tutor assessment and self-assessment. Teaching will be delivered using Microsoft Office 365 and other web based learning resources such as YouTube videos, online quizzes. It is essential that you have an email account. At the end of the course, students will be expected to sit the Essential Digital Skills Qualification Exam at Entry Level 3 or Level 1.

Entry requirements

All new students will be invited to take an initial assessment and interviewed to check their current skills. Required literacy/ ESOL Level is E3. Familiarity with using the keyboard, email and the Internet.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course runs once a week (two hours per lesson), students are expected to attend every lesson.
• A minimum of 95% attendance and punctuality are required from all students.
• This course requires some personal study time in addition to the completion of homework. It is important that students have access to a computer outside of class in order to complete these activities.

What you need

This course requires study/completion of homework, reflection and personal studies outside of class time, you must set time aside for these activities, an average of 3 hours per week is recommended. You will need the following programs installed on your device:
• Internet Explore
• Microsoft Outlook

What you can do next

Progression onto ECDL Level 1 /Level 2, Employment opportunities