Digital Skills Qualification

This new Digital Skills qualification is for people who are facing today's job market without the skills to effectively search for jobs online, send emails or use web forms and other digital services.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This qualification course is designed for adults with very little prior experience of using digital devices or the internet.
So that there is time to cover all of the modules, students must have the following foundation skills before joining the class:
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)
Making 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 safely and securely, and opening a browser
Opening and accessing an application on a device.
These foundation skills are at pre-entry level and are covered in our short Computers for Beginners courses.

What does this course cover

Using devices - Know what is meant by hardware, software, operating systems and applications; locate and install an application; apply system settings, including those for accessibility.
Finding and evaluating information - Safely navigate online content using hyperlinks, menus and other navigation elements to locate required information; carry out searches to find information and content.
Managing and storing information - Open, read and save information from/to a file using appropriate naming conventions; work with files and folders to store, organise and retrieve information using local and remote storage.
Identifying and solving technical problems - Recognise when a technical problem has been encountered, solve simple technical problems, and seek assistance when unable to solve a technical problem.

What will it be like

Demonstration using Smartboard through computer-linked projectors, exposition and discussion. One-to-one and Group work. Through tutor-guidance and hands-on experience, the completion of the course assessment(s).
The tutor will closely monitor the students' work as well as questioning, observing progress, setting tasks and online questioning with diagnosis.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching, online testing.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
As much as possible to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or from homework given by the tutor.

What this course could lead to

Level 1 Digital Skills and other IT qualifications at The Mary Ward Centre - on to the L2 and L3 the ECDL courses and employment opportunities.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’