Enquire about delivering Essential Digital Skills qualifications


OCN London Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQs) are now available to deliver. Click here for information on how we can help you deliver EDSQs.

Why choose us for your Essential Digital Skills provision?

Key features

  • Free access to bksb diagnostic assessments and learning materials 
  • Inclusive assessment design - with an emphasis on practical skills
  • Use of interactive workbooks enables assessment to be embedded easily into teaching and learning
  • Straightforward assessment and moderation processes featuring offline assessment and auto-marking papers
  • On-demand assessment and resits

Additional benefits

  • Expertise in developing digital skills qualifications
  • Outstanding centre support with named contacts
  • Free EDSQ training for centre staff
  • Fully funded qualifications - Digital Entitlement ready
  • Work with one of the UK's most innovative and expanding awarding organisations

Who are these qualifications for?

Our centres continue to feed-back about the different cohorts to whom they have been delivering EDSQs.

Some of the most represented groups of learners include:

  • The short and long-term unemployed
  • Older learners who may be less secure in their digital skills
  • Learners with English as a second language
  • Learners in a community learning context

Also, they can be used to support your learners in addition to their main programme of study, including learners on apprenticeship programmes.

Why do we need  Essential Digital Skills qualifications?

In the UK, 11.3 million people (21%) lack the full basic range of digital skills and 4.3 million people (8%) have no digital skills at all, giving rise to inequalities in access to opportunities, knowledge, services and goods.

OCN London Essential Digital Skills qualifications at Entry 3 and Level 1 can help alleviate this by equipping the most vulnerable with the right tools to 'safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world of today and the future’ (Department for Education, 2019). The Government will provide entitlement funding for learners aged 16-19 and 19+ (employed or unemployed) who have a foundation of limited digital skills and are taking Ofqual approved Essential Digital Skills qualifications.

The content of the qualifications is developed in accordance with the DfE National Standards for Essential Digital Skills and covers the five skills areas: 

  • Using devices and handling information. 
  • Creating and editing. 
  • Communicating. 
  • Transacting. 
  • Being safe and responsible online. 

Are you planning on delivering Essential Digital Skills qualifications? Get in touch with us to find out how we can support you.

Enquire about delivering Essential Digital Skills qualifications