Adult Skills and Community Learning

Who's it for?

This course will enable and support you to develop the digital skills needed to prepare for further study, work and everyday life. It is an ideal stepping stone for the Essential Digital Skills (EDS) course, as well as helping you to recognise and/or refresh what you know already. It gives an overview of what digital skills are and how they are used in everyday life as well as allowing you to understand the importance of keeping yourself safe online.

If you have not been in a learning environment, or unsure if EDS is the pathway for you, then this Introduction to Digital Skills will help you to make that choice. We recommend this course for everyone as a starting point for Essential Digital Skills.

The new national digital entitlement from 2020 will fully fund adults (19+) with no or low digital skills to undertake EDS and ASCL will fund this Introductory course to help prepare you for study.

It is estimated that one in five adults lack the basic digital skills they need for everyday life and work, let us help you to improve your digital skills.

Length of course

This is a classroom based delivery with blended learning opportunities

  • 2 x 2.5 hours sessions per week over 3 weeks OR 1 x 3 hour session over 5 weeks.
  • Learning will take place initially in the classroom and progress to a mix of classroom and online sessions depending on ability and learner access to a suitable digital device eg mobile phone, tablet, computer/laptop with internet access
  • At least 30 minutes of individual tasks to be completed after each session
  • Peer support from other learners in the class using Edmodo – an online tool where you will access resources, participate in discussions and submit work when applicable
  • Tutor support via Edmodo, email or online Workshop

Course content

You will develop knowledge in all five of the skill areas of communicating, handling information and content, transacting, problem solving and being safe and legal online.

During the course there will be plenty of hands-on activities where you will engage with real time and simulated tasks, especially when understanding online transactions, to help build your confidence as you develop your digital skills.

This course will enable you:

To develop essential digital skills necessary for work, life and further study.

  • Turn on a computer and close it down securely
  • Understand how to create a safe password
  • Know what to look out for and stay safe from phishing/email scams

To be able to use digital skills safely and responsibly in a work setting

  • Understand an internet user policy and what could happen if this wasn’t followed
  • Accessing a web based email platform using a password and logging out

Be able to use digital skills to complete work-related tasks

  • Understand that the internet allows you to access information and content and how this can be shared with other people via email

You will also develop the following skills for work:

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

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course other than a desire to want to improve or gain an understanding of digital skills.

An email address is not essential as this will be covered on the course.

Course fees

This course is FREE for all learners.

How to apply 

You will need to attend an initial assessment prior to enrolment to ensure this is the right course for you.

To book an appointment, or for more information, please call Wellington House on (01226) 775270, email or contact us online.

What you can do next


Digital and IT skills are key competencies required for most employment. A Qualification demonstrating IT skills will help enhance your CV.


  • Essential Digital Skills for Work and Life – Entry 1
  • Essential Digital Skills for Work and Life – Entry 3


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