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Brand New Funded Digital Skills Qualifications

The UK is facing a digital skills crisis.

If we want to increase our overall prosperity, to enjoy higher real wages, and if we want more opportunities for young people to get on, we have to raise our productivity. In a digitally-driven economy, that means ensuring that everyone has the skills they need to flourish, with nobody left behind. (Government’s Digital Skills Strategy)

  • Up to 12.6 million of the adult population lack basic digital skills.
  • One in 10 adults has never used the internet.
  • The country will need nearly 250,000 additional workers with digital skills to meet rising demand from employers
  • Within 20 years a predicted 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills.

Figures from a report by the The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee

The Government’s Digital Skills Strategy (March 2017) says that adults and children, from primary age upwards, should be taught essential skills such as coding and acquire “computational thinking”.

To meet this need OCN London has developed four new qualifications in digital skills, offered at Entry Level and Level 1. Rather than simply updating existing IT qualifications, we carried out extensive research to ensure that the new qualifications meet the changing needs of employers and are bang up to date. They include units on programming and coding, understanding computational logic, creating and sharing content, improving personal efficiency using digital technologies and creating digital content, with a mandatory unit on digital safety and security. The approach we have adopted is highly practical with a focus on project-based activities - showing rather than describing.

For more details about the qualifications see below

OCNLR Entry Level Award and Certificate in Digital Skills (Entry 3)

For the Award learners must achieve a total of 6 credits comprising 3 from the mandatory unit (Digital Safety and Security) and 3 from the optional units.

Total number of guided learning hours (GLH) : 60.

For the Certificate learners must achieve a total of 15 credits comprising 3 from the mandatory unit and 12 from the optional units.

Total number of guided learning hours (GLH) : 150.

 OCNLR Level 1 Award and Certificate in Digital Skills

For the Award learners must achieve a total of 6 credits comprising 3 from the mandatory unit (Digital Safety and Security) and 3 from the optional units.

Total number of guided learning hours (GLH) : 54.

For the Certificate learners must achieve a total of 15 credits comprising 3 from the mandatory unit and 12 from the optional units.

Total number of guided learning hours (GLH) : 135.

Here are examples of some of the optional units that learners can choose from:

  • Digital communications technology
  • Digital content creation – audio, video, text and image
  • Introductory computer science
  • Using digital data
  • Improving personal productivity
  • Using search engines and online research
  • Setting up and maintaining a digital system
  • Automation within digital design, spreadsheets and word processing
  • Collaborative working using digital technology
  • Introduction to programming
  • Creating and publishing web pages
  • Using mobile apps with a vocational role

How are the qualifications assessed?

Assessments can be in the form of a written question and answer or test, a project, a practical demonstration, a written description or an oral question and answer test. Assessments are internally set, marked and moderated by the centre then externally moderated.

For the UK to be a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone, it is crucial that everyone has the digital skills they need to fully participate in society. (Government Policy Paper on Digital Skills and Inclusion)






Date: Thursday 18 January 2018

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