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Essential Digital Skills Qualification Entry 3

Course Description

Develop the essential digital skills needed in your personal life or career on this accredited course. You will gain more confidence in using devices and handling information, creating and editing files, as well as communicating, transacting and being safe and responsible online. On completion of this course, you can progress onto Essential Digital Skills Qualification Level 1.

Location: Online/Camden

Course Requirements

You should have first completed the Introduction to Essential Digital Skills course. Alternatively, you should be able to turn on a device and swipe on the home screen, find and open apps, find the internet connection setting and turn on access to the internet. Literacy and numeracy skills at a minimum of Entry Level 3 is required.

Course Content

This course will develop your technical skills in five skills areas: Using Devices and Handling Information; Creating and Editing; Communication; Transacting; Being Safe and Responsible Online. By the end of the course, you will be able to: apply device settings, resolve basic technical problems on your devices, effectively search for information online; capture, format and save images, sound and video; send and receive online text-based communications, set up video calls, manage your online identity; complete online forms, buy goods and services safely, manage account settings; protect personal information; mitigate against online threats and risks, behave appropriately online.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be delivered using a range of teaching and learning methods which include demonstrations, video tutorials, independent work online from home and homework. Learning will take place mainly onsite (in the classroom) and also online (from home). In addition to the classes, you will be expected to devote about two hours each week to practising the digital skills that are learnt in class. This homework will strengthen your understanding and improve your skills.


Assessment is continuous and takes place throughout the programme by a variety of methods. To achieve the qualification, you will sit three final assessments (task-based assessment, question paper and observation). On completion of this course, you will achieve the Entry Level in Essential Digital Skills. This is a nationally recognised qualification. The awarding body is Pearson Edexcel.

Next Steps and Progression

Following successful completion of your course you can further enhance your skills on the Essential Digital Skills Qualification Level 1 course.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course. ALS is subject to an assessment with a trained member of staff and support may include one or more of the following: support in the classroom, out of class workshops such as English, ICT and maths and specialist support for dyslexia. Provision of assistive equipment is also available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments with our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity. Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572