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These are fun new digital courses at Entry level and level 1, which adults with UK resident status can study free of charge. The courses are aimed at adults who don?t yet have all of the digital skills they need for life and work.

  • What will I study?

    Skills that adults learn on the course includes creating and editing documents, how to use emails and video calls, completing online forms and transactions. Learners will also resolve simple technical issues with software and hardware and staying safe and responsible online and on digital devices. These courses will be studied in the comfort of our Skills Centre at Lower Mounts or Daventry with dedicated and skilled trainers to support you.

    • Using devices and handling information
    • Creating and Editing
    • Digital Communication
    • Transacting digitally
    • Being safe and responsible online and on digital devices

    *All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for any adults who would like to learn how to use technology to solve everyday problems. This can range from using a computer or mobile device to book appointments online, to hold video calls, send emails and messages, learn to access Northampton Council information or other local/national government information. The options are limitless. The courses are particularly suitable for people who have some digital skills, but who would benefit from a supportive environment and tutio in which they can learn the basics.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Learners must pass an online exam on completion of the course. Exams will be arranged at on days/times to suit learners.

  • Your Study Programme
  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The concepts and fundamentals of data, including searching, storing, integrating and organising data
    • The main features and benefits of digital information systems and how these are used to maintain information and to support organisations and best working practices
    • The principles of organisational information security governance and the components of an organisation's cyber security technical infrastructure including hardware, operating systems, networks, software and cloud.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Install and configure basic hardware system components, networks and devices
    • Write code following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards
    • Follow information security procedures.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Manage own time to meet deadlines and Manage stakeholder expectations
    • Work independently and take responsibility for own actions within a given job role
    • Work with a range of internal and external customers.
  • General info

    These courses are available at our Lower Mounts and Daventry campuses.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress to IT Functional Skills qualifications, ITQ at level 2 or other Microsoft office-based short courses.

    After you finish your Essential digital qualification we will ask you about what other digital skills you would like to learn. We will then be able to make suggestions that support you to wards your work or life aspirations.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Candidates must be able to demonstrate literacy skills, and basic IT skills Candidates will need to attend their assessment in order to establish course suitability.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.