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Essential Digital Skills


This qualification is designed to help you develop the digital skills you need for life, work or further study.

Progressing from Entry Level 3 onto Level 1, you will then focus on digital skills which you may need in the workplace and how to use digital devices effectively.

Our flexible learning takes place during daytime and evenings at our Adult Learning Centre on Chesterfield Road South in the centre of Mansfield.

Start dates and fees

The course is free for anyone aged 19 or over.

You can start the course at any time during the year. You can study on a flexible basis, with multiple sessions per week so you are able to attend at times that suit your existing commitments and lifestyle.

What will I study?

This course is ideal for absolute beginners with mobile devices and will help you learn how to:

  • use a mobile phone, PC, tablet or a digital device correctly
  • open applications (apps) on a PC or mobile phone and connect to the internet
  • keep safe online
  • use a digital device to buy products safely online
  • communicate with family/friends or work online through video calls
  • find out information, download and complete online forms.

Entry requirements

You will undertake an initial assessment to determine what level you are currently working at and what level of course is right for you.

How long is the course?

Each course usually takes about 4-6 months, depending on how many sessions per week you attend.

How will I be assessed?

There is an online test at the end of the course, and an additional task observed by the tutor for Entry level 3.

What does the course lead to?

Employment or further study

What can I progress onto?

  • Functional Skills in ICT
  • Certificate in IT User Skills - Level 2 
  • Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment - Level 2


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How do I apply?

Please contact the adult and community courses team on 01623 413602.

Remember to do this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as our courses are very popular and places are limited.

Enrolment will take place on the first session of your course.

Next steps

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