What is the course about?
This course will provide you with the digital skills you need to thrive in the information age. You will also study for the Essential Digital Skills for Work Level 1 (BCS) qualification. You will learn how to manage digital information, solve technical problems, create and edit documents, process numerical data, share information online, use online services, and stay safe and responsible. By the end of the course you will have the confidence in your digital skills to progress to Level 2 ECDL and demonstrate to employers you are digitally competent.
What will we cover?
The course will cover these main areas with particular emphasis on a work context.
• Using digital devices to handle information, including finding, evaluating, managing and storing information
• Solving technical problems
• Creating and editing documents and digital media and processing numerical data – Word, PowerPoint, Excel
• Communicating, sharing and managing traceable online activities
• Making digital transactions – using online services and buying securely online
• Being safe and responsible online – including protecting privacy and data and maintaining and promoting digital well-being.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use devices to handle information particularly in the workplace
• effectively search, find and evaluate workplace digital information
• manage and store workplace information using the key file management principles
• identify and solve basic technical problems
• create and edit documents and digital media – using Word, PowerPoint and Excel - in a workplace context
• perform key functions in Excel to process numerical data in a workplace context
• communicate share and manage traceable online activities
• use different online services including buying securely online
• identify and practise key aspects of safe and responsible online activity including protecting privacy and data particularly within a workplace context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a Level 1 qualification for students at general beginner level. It is ideal if you want to develop your digital skills in the main programs used in today’s workplace and prove your competence to employers by gaining a formal qualification. You need some basic keyboard skills. You will need to have a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511.
You need to be able to attend every class and prepare for the exam outside the classroom. If you are not able to do this, please ask about our non-accredited course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a practical hands-on course. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. However, you need to attend every class and be ready to prepare for the exam. You will need to practise outside the classroom. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. You will benefit from having access to a computer to work and practise outside the classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a variety of other courses you could do either at the same time or after this course. If you need extra support either during or before this course our Becoming Confident series will be very helpful.
The next progression course is Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) though if you feel you need extra practice you can do ECDL Level 1 IT Skills for Users before moving up a level.
You can also do courses without an exam. We have a number of courses on Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint many of which are specifically geared to helping you in the workplace. We also have IT Skills for the Office: an introduction, Making sense of Windows 10 and Digital skills for Getting Better Work. You may also be interested in our How to be an Administrator courses.
Your tutor will advise you on the best course. For courses with an exam, you will need to complete a pre-course assessment. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 / 2726 or email: email@example.com to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.