Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Course code: WCAT800P

Subject area: Digital Technologies

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Tuesday

11th Jan 2022 - 22nd Mar 2022

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

This new fully-funded course offers adults the opportunity to develop their digital skills with the Essential Digital Skills qualification. It has been developed to support learners obtaining digital skills within a life-related context. Learners will be assessed in line with the national standards for Essential Digital Skills that cover five skills areas:

1 Using devices and handling information: This skills area covers a basic understanding of hardware, software, operating systems and commonly used applications. Students will develop fundamental digital skills by learning how to manage and store information, and identify and solve simple technical issues.
2 Creating and editing: Students will first learn to create and edit documents before moving on to creating and editing other types of digital media, such as images, audio files and videos. Eventually, students will be taught to use applications to edit, enhance and format different types of information for a range of purposes and audiences.
3 Communicating: The communication skills area requires students to demonstrate an understanding of electronic communications, such as email and video calls. Students will gain awareness and be able to use digital communication for a range of contexts and audiences
4 Transacting: This skills area involves the ability to complete and submit an online form, comply with digital verification checks, and purchase an item or service online. Eventually, students will learn to compare products against other available online options and manage their transactional account settings.
5 Being safe and responsible online: The final skills area is to understand the importance of digital wellbeing, students will learn about being responsible online. This will involve privacy and data protection, conducting best practice online behaviour, backing up data, and understanding the psychological health risks of online activity.

This is the first of three Digital Skills courses and each course will offer the opportunity to gain confidence and develop these essential skills. It is a ten-week course designed for people with no basic digital skills in the following five areas:
1. Managing information
2. Problem solving
3. Communicating
4. Creating
5. Transacting

Please note there will be no teaching on the 22/02/2022

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

There is no entry requirements, but ideally you should had done the Digital Skills for Life Introduction course.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.


Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £98.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £98.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £58.80
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £58.80

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.