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Digital Skills Level 1

The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate understanding of and competency in digital literacy skills.

Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Digital Skills Level 1

Qualification objectives

The objectives of this qualification are to learners to:

  • Apply digital skills in personal and business situations
  • Understand how to maintain safety and security when using data and devices
  • Find and use information
  • Use digital resources to facilitate own learning and career progression
  • Communicate socially and professionally using technology
  • Use word processing software to create straightforward text and document

Digital literacy skills

In an increasingly digital world, it’s becoming more important to have the right skills in order to use computers and other technological devices. 

This course is designed to help support your development with digital literacy skills, encouraging progression into roles where digital literacy is required.

Course units

To be awarded the Level 1 Certificate in Digital Skills, learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units, and one of the two optional units, 5 and 6.

Mandatory units

This unit covers how to search for and select appropriate information to meet personal and organisational needs.

Learners will understand how to evaluate the information they find, understand copyright, and be able to store information in line with organisational procedures.

In this unit learners will understand the importance of protecting personal and business data and devices.

They will also learn how to use equipment in line with health and safety legislation.

In this unit, learners will learn how to communicate and collaborate online using a range of technology.

In this unit, Learners will learn how to use Word processing software.

Optional units

In this unit, learners will learn the basics of how to use a personal computer or laptop.

This unit teaches learners how to manage and promote their digital reputation and online identity.

They’ll be able to use social media and the internet to search and prepare applications for voluntary and paid employment and use technology to facilitate personal and professional learning and career progression.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

88% of our learners say our courses have equipped them with vital skills to help them progress in their working life.

Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.


Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

19+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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