Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content

This course will help you build and extend your digital skills. It will help you prepare for jobs in different roles in the digital space. It will also help you in creative industries and other industries where digital skills are needed. This could be jobs such as finance, marketing and machining.

The course includes a required unit along with optional units. These units relate directly to the skills, knowledge, and behaviours that are expected by employers. They cover a wide range and use of different digital technologies, systems, and software. It includes Microsoft Word and Excel. You'll learn about cybersecurity and how this affects individuals and groups. You'll learn what you can do to keep yourself and others safe.

The course is aimed at learners who want to gain employment or move into a role where they can apply their digital and IT skills. This is an accredited course. Following a successful assessment you'll achieve:

  • Level 2: Certificate in Digital and IT Skills (Gateway)

This course will enable you to:

Build skills to create and edit basic documents in Word and Excel. Software specific skills are then introduced which focus on work related documents and build independent study skills. Key areas include:

  • Word. you'll build on/extend word-processing skills and be able to maximise the tools within word-processing software. You'll learn how to prepare, process and produce a wide range of documents accurately.
  • Excel. you'll develop/extend your understanding of spreadsheet software tools. You'll learn techniques to be able to produce complex spreadsheets. You'll learn how to apply advanced formulae and functions (IF, MIN, MAX, AVERAGE, COUNT). They can be used to process data and use automated tools to make you more productive. You'll gain skills in presenting spreadsheet data in different ways, using numbers, text, and graphs.

Assessment is portfolio based with evidence to support skills and knowledge. There are four modules in total.  The other two modules are:

  • Cybersecurity: Learn about cybercrime and the risks and effects it has on individuals and groups. You'll discover routine protective methods used to maintain cybersecurity. This includes the principles of vulnerability and penetration testing and user access control.
  • Digital Skills Career Progression: understand how vital digital skills are in the workplace. It shows you how changes in employment have led to an increase in demand across a number of sectors. You'll learn about the different types of job roles where digital skills are needed. You'll also learn the traits that are valued by employers to build a successful career in today’s digital economy. You'll also identify your own career goals and plan how you'll grow your digital skills to meet your goals.

You'll also build the following skills for work:

  • Work as part of a team, sharing ideas and helping peers to complete a task.
  • Have a good attitude to plan your own work and complete it within a timeframe.
  • Be a good listener and follow instructions accurately.
  • Be able to adapt the way you work when things change or you need to switch to a different task quickly.
  • Be resilient and be able to stick with a task. Even if things don’t go to plan you should learn from setbacks.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills will be supported throughout the course.

Course delivery

  • Classroom based delivery with blended learning opportunities.
  • 9-week x 2 half days a week, face to face in classroom setting plus 3 online 1-hour workshops.
  • At least 30 minutes of tasks to be completed after each session.
  • Peer support to/from other learners in the class using Teams. This is an online tool where you will access resources, join in discussions, and submit work when needed.
  • Tutor support via Teams messaging.
  • Tutor remote support via VNC URL.

What do you need?

  • A mobile phone - will be used to verify your free Office 365 account.
  • Access to a laptop, desktop or similar to complete your work. You don't need Microsoft Office before the start of the course. This is because you'll be given full access to an Office 365 account at the first session. A Chromebook will not support you on this course as it doesn't allow offline access to Office 365.
  • Folder, paper or notebook and pen.
  • Time - at least one hour a week to complete tasks set during each session.
  • To attend all sessions.

Entry requirements

You'll have already completed the following with Adult Skills and Community Learning:

  • Information advice and guidance and initial assessment on the BKSB Software, or Setting up 365, or Getting Started with Digital Skills
  • Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies (Gateway) and/or Essential Digital Skills Level 1

The level that you study will be determined by your initial assessment results. 

Course fees

Level 2 – £229.80

Fees include all course resources and administration costs.

Fee remission available for learners in receipt of means tested benefits, or low income. Please ask for more details

How to apply

What our learners say

  • I have gained what i needed to do to help me get a job but not in IT and I now feel confident with a computer.
    Adult learner