Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ)


Date: Thursday 17 December 2020

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An awarding organisation cannot offer EDSQs to centres unless they are approved by Ofqual to do so. This is why we are delighted to advise our centres that we have been approved and that our qualifications will be available for delivery in spring 2021

These qualifications focus on the five key skill areas identified in the national standards for essential digital skills published in April 2019:

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

As these new qualifications will be vital in helping those at risk of being digitally excluded, the government is fully funding 16-19 and 19+ employed or unemployed adults with low digital skills who are taking Ofqual approved Essential Digital Skills qualifications.

Key qualifications details

Level Qualification Accreditation Number Qualification Title TQT GLH
E3 603/6933/4 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Essential Digital Skills for Everyday Life (E3) 50 48
L1 603/6932/2 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills for Everyday Life 50 48

Why choose us for your Essential Digital Skills provision?

Inclusive assessment design 

OCN London has always provided qualifications that allow flexibility in assessment. We recognise the diversity of learning styles and needs that people have, and there are many who benefit greatly from non-traditional learning and assessment methods.

While the Essential Digital Skills qualifications require formal assessment methods, we have taken extra steps to ensure our assessment design will provide all learners an equal opportunity to demonstrate their learning.

We have achieved this by making our assessments highly intuitive, interactive and reflective of real-life scenarios. The practical nature of the assessments will provide learners with an authentic learning experience and help build the confidence they need to develop their digital skills and progress in their personal and professional lives.

Expertise in the field

In recent years, OCN London has led the way in addressing digital exclusion with the launch of our Digital Skills and related qualifications, and welcomes the Government’s new Digital Skills Framework initiative.

We have employed the same expertise in developing our new Essential Digital Skills qualifications, based on the national standards.

Centre support

We are known for providing exceptional operational support and personal service with named contacts for centres in curriculum, quality and business support.

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

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