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Entry 3 Essential Digital Skills

You can enrol at any time throughout the year, and it is flexible when you attend the Open Learning Centre.

The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate understanding of, and competency in, the essential digital skills they need for life. It will enable learners to engage with digital services and products in everyday life.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Entry Level 3

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    6 Months, 3 hours per week.

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For you to gain a full certificate, you need to complete the online learning materials for all 5 mandatory units and achieve the final exam.

The units you will cover are as follows:

  1. Using devices and handling information
  2. Creating and editing
  3. Communicating
  4. Transacting
  5. Being safe and responsible online

There is a single controlled assessment for this qualification.

Each of these assessments comprises 2 sections: Section A (knowledge) and Section B (skills). Controlled assessments are administered under specified assessment conditions, and last for the following durations:

Section A (knowledge) 20 minutes
Section B (Skills) 65 Minutes
Total Time 85 Minutes

Section A is computer marked and section B is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs).

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification apart from being 19+

Learners can progress in several ways:

  • developing skills at a higher level by moving up the level of qualification from Entry 3 to Level 1
  • progressing to employment where they can apply their digital and IT knowledge and skills.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


Fully Funded.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


We are experiencing some technical issues with the apply system.  If you are having difficulties with this as an alternative you can download an Application Form (PDF) – this can be edited directly on your device, then saved and emailed to our central admissions Team centraladmissions@don.ac.uk


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details