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Essential Digital & Computer Skills Entry Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    This qualification focuses on bridging the gap between the digital first (individuals who own multiple digital devices and interact with online content on a daily basis) and the digitally disengaged (individuals who have little or no experience of using digital devices and accessing online content). Research conducted in 2019 found that 8% of the UK adult population have no basic digital skills, 22% of people do not have the essential digital skills needed for day-to-day life and 53% of UK employees do not have the digital skills required for work. With innovations in technology and the increasing demand for online services, it is important to ensure that all individuals are able to participate in life, work and further study by providing them with the opportunity to gain these increasingly important digital skills. Without these skills, individuals will be at a significant disadvantage. It was found that on average, adults who lack these basic digital skills earn less than those who are competent in the 5 skill areas covered in this qualification.
  • What you'll learn

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    • Using devices and handling information – using devices, finding and evaluating information, managing and storing information, identifying and solving technical problems
    • Creating and editing – creating and editing documents and digital media, processing numerical data
    • Communicating – communicating, sharing and managing traceable online activities
    • Transacting – using online services, buying securely online
    • Being safe and responsible online – protecting privacy and data, being responsible online

    The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:
    • To develop essential digital skills necessary for work, life and further study
    • To interact with digital devices and handle information appropriately
    • To create, edit and store digital content
    • To share content and communicate effectively using digital devices
    • To develop transacting skills necessary for work and life
    • To be safe, confident and responsible online
  • Entry requirements

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    No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before learners register for this qualification.

    Learners should normally have English skills at the level below their chosen qualification. As suggested by the DfE, some adults may need support to handle and use digital devices for the first time and to learn the following foundation skills before enrolling on an Entry level 3 course:
    • Turning on a device (including entering and updating any account information safely, such as a password)
    • Using the available controls on a device (such as a mouse and keyboard for a computer, or touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet)
    • Use of accessibility tools (including assistive technology) to make devices easier to use (such as changing display settings to make content easier to read)
    • Interacting with the home screen on a device
    • Connecting to the internet (including Wi-Fi) safely and securely and opening a browser
    • Opening and accessing an application on a device.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Each qualification is a single component, learners are required to pass an externally set, internally marked and external quality assured assessment. The assessment is online and on-demand.

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Maggie Adepetun –
    Maxine Houghton –

  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    CONTACT: COURSE LEADER: Maggie Adepetun – CURRICULUM LEADER: Maxine Houghton –
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Use the yellow 'enrol' button to request to join this course.
    Please note: if you enrol without meeting the course entry requirements your place may be cancelled and a refund provided.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: Activation. Starts on 25 January 2022
    • Tuesday : 09:30 - 12:00
  • Course Fees

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    This course is free for all learners
  • Future opportunities

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    Start at Entry level, which means they are ideal for learners with no or low digital skills. You will receive a nationally recognised qualification on completion of your course, with the option of progressing to Level 1.

  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    15 weeks

  • Venue:

    New Bury Community Learning Centre

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