Essential Digital Skills Qualifications Update - May 2020


Date: Friday 1 May 2020

Progress Update: Our Essential Digital Skills qualifications are currently undergoing technical evaluation by Ofqual. We have developed Essential Digital Skills qualifications at both Entry Level 3 and Level 1. They will be available for delivery in the autumn subject to Ofqual approval.

The government has announced a legal entitlement to funding for adults for Essential Digital Skills qualifications which will come into effect from August 2020. Only qualifications that have been submitted to and successfully completed the Ofqual Technical Evaluation process will attract this funding. At the time of writing, all EDSQs proposed by awarding organisations are yet to complete this process.

However, we appreciate that centres need to plan in advance and so we wanted to share with you some information about the EDSQs we have developed. We have developed two qualifications at Entry 3 and two at Level 1:

Level Qualification Title TQT GLH
E3 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Essential Digital Skills for Everyday Life (E3) 50 48
L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills for Everyday Life 60 48
E3 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Essential Digital Skills for Work (E3) 50 48
L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills for Work 60 48

Some of the key characteristics proposed are as follows:

  • all assessments are to be externally set and provided by OCN London
  • all assessments are either internally marked or, in the case of ‘simulation’ assessments, assessed automatically by the assessment platform
  • assessment methods used are in every case appropriate to the learner target group, inclusive and relevant, focusing on application of skills
  • all assessments assess learners’ practical ability via practical demonstrations, including the ‘application’ of underpinning knowledge

 

OCN London is already in the process of ‘trialling’ assessments and other EDSQ elements with various centres. If you are interested in being involved in the testing process or have further questions about OCN London’s approach to the EDSQs, please email our Head of Qualifications and Innovation, Colin Rugg-Easey c.rugg-easey@ocnlondon.org.uk.  

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