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Essential Digital & Computer Skills Level 2 (EDSQ)

  • Overview of the course

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    We will equip you with the digital skills that will be useful in a work context, including handling information, creating and editing digital content, and communicating using digital skills. You will also learn how to operate safely and responsibly online or when using digital devices, and how to be proactive in solving technical problems.
  • What you'll learn

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    • Find and select current, relevant and reliable information from different sources to complete complex work-related tasks.
    • Develop and use efficiently appropriate information storage systems.
    You will be able to create and edit digital content for work-related purposes.
    • Create and save text-based, sound, image or video files, as appropriate to different complex work-related tasks, taking into account audience and purpose.
    • Use different applications to enter, edit, format, enhance and save work-related information including text, numerical data, graphics and images as appropriate to different complex work-related tasks.
    • Bring together information from different sources to create digital content for work-related purposes.
    • Improve draft digital content in light of feedback from others in the work setting.
    You will be able to use digital skills to communicate in a work context.
    • Use appropriate modes of online communication in a work context, suitable for different audiences and purposes.
    • Demonstrate understanding of conventions associated with different modes when communicating online for work-related purposes.
    You will be able to work online and use digital devices safely and responsibly in a work context.
    • Explain the online risks and threats to a particular workplace or sector, the steps taken to mitigate these, and how these protect the organisation, employees and/or customers, as appropriate to the workplace/sector.
    • Follow workplace guidelines for safe and responsible use of devices and the internet, including for handling and storing personal or sensitive data, private or personal use of ICT and social media, protecting own health and wellbeing.
    You will be able to solve technical problems.
    • Apply appropriate solutions to technical problems.
    • Demonstrate initiative in solving technical problems, e.g. by referring to online sources of help before drawing on support from others.
  • Entry requirements

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    • A recognised level 1 Digital/Computing qualification or a good understanding of using different devices and software applications.
    • To enable you to follow and read instructions, you must have a minimum Functional Skills Level 1 English or equivalent.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will build a portfolio of evidence to show how you can successfully do all of the criteria above.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Maxine Houghton – Curriculum Leader for Computing & Digital Business Services & Hospitality Tel: 01204 482274 Email:
  • 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: A. First class: 28 September 2023. Last class: 25 Jan 2024
    • Thursday : 09:15 - 11:45
  • Course Fees

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    This course is free for all learners
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    You can continue studying and progress to the following level 2 courses:
    • Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Skills for Work
    • Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in IT Technical Support

    For learners who have achieved a minimum grade 3 GCSE in English and Maths you may also be considered for the following courses:
    • Open Awards Level 3 Access to Computing
    • Edexcel Level 3 Organisational Support
    • BCS Level 3 – ECDL Advanced.

    Employment opportunities include: Data Entry Inputters, Administrators, Secretarial or any employment opportunity which requires software application knowledge and understanding,
    Other courses available to support your learning:

     Free English and maths courses for those who have not yet attained a grade at 4 at GCSE.
     Free positive steps to wellbeing courses to support improved mental wellbeing, health and confidence
     A range of employability skills courses

    Information, advice and guidance is available at all Bolton College centres. Our Adult Community Learning Job Coach is available to support learners who are seeking employment
  • Additional Information

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    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, 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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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, 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:

    09:15 - 11:45
    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    14 weeks

  • Venue:

    Brownlow Fold Community Learning Centre

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