Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment

Are you interested in an online Digital skills course? Our Principles for Digital Skills course will equip you with an understanding and knowledge of the skills needed to search and apply for employment, including an awareness of finding and managing relevant and good quality information, and considering the importance of online identities. You will also look at the importance of these skills in the workplace itself, considering how to communicate effectively using technology and how to protect data and devices, among other organisational policies and procedures.

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Who is the course for?

This qualification is aimed at anyone who is either in employment or searching for employment, particularly those who wish to develop their digital skills in relation to the management of information and digital safety, security and communication. Anyone with a basic understanding of IT skills who is searching for career progression, or wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use, would benefit from this course.

Course Content

This course is split into five manageable units:

Unit 1: Developing digital career skills

In this unit, you will explore a range of digital skills, their relevance and how to improve your own digital skills. You will also look at social media and the internet in relation to employment opportunities, what forms an online identity, and how to use digital skills in career progression.

Unit 2: Management of information

You will be asked to look at how to gather reliable information using different techniques, as well as copyright regulations and what happens when these are breached. You will also be asked to explore different storage methods for data management and why these are in place, plus the benefits and limitations of these methods.

Unit 3: Digital device safety awareness

You will learn about types of threats to data and how to protect it, as well as considering data protection legislation. You will also be asked to look at health and safety legislation regarding the use of digital equipment and how the risks can be reduced.

Unit 4: Communication and productivity

In this unit, you will learn how to communicate effectively using a range of technology, including email, online meeting and collaboration tools, and digital networks. You will also be asked to understand the advantages and disadvantages of these methods and look at safety issues and support related to social media.

Unit 5: Digital security.

In this unit, you will be able to identify a range of security threats and system protection methods, as well as exploring current legislation around system and data protection and organisational policies and procedures relating to this.

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered fully online through a online learning platform.

Support is provided throughout from professionally trained tutors who are available to provide guidance and mark assignments, as well as provide feedback on progress where required.

This course is not suitable for absolute beginners, therefore learners are expected to have existing computer skills to Level 1 standard.

How will I be assesed?

All work is completed and submitted online, with an assessor assigned to mark and feedback on your work upon submission.

This course is fully funded via the Government Adult Education Budget for learners who meet the age, residency and income criteria.

All applicants must be aged 19 and over, and those aged 19-23 are only eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. If you are aged 24 and above you do not require any prior academic qualifications.

Applicants must have lived in the EU for the last three years and currently reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.

All applicants will also be assessed to ensure they meet the required standard of English language skills.

Funding and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a FREE Level 2 online learning course, you must meet the below requirements:
You must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/21
If you are aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject* (If you are aged 24+ you do not need to have a qualification)
You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
You must reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.
You must not be on another funded programme i.e. an apprenticeship or another distance learning or online course
You must not have completed this course or a similar course previously
You must not be on another distance learning course with another training provider
Applicants must also meet the low income and unemployment criteria below. You will only be fully-funded if:
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, are aged 19 – 23 and have achieved a full Level 2
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits and are aged 24+

*A full Level 2 achievement is equivalent to 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* to C). 

Level 2 qualifications are:

  • CSE – grade 1
  • GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
  • intermediate apprenticeship
  • level 2 award
  • level 2 certificate
  • level 2 diploma
  • level 2 ESOL
  • level 2 essential skills
  • level 2 functional skills
  • level 2 national certificate
  • level 2 national diploma
  • level 2 NVQ
  • music grades 4 and 5
  • O level – grade A, B or C

Please get in touch with us using the enquiry buttons menu in the section below if you are interested in enrolling onto this programme

You can phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form located in the menu in the section below.

Our adult Learning Shops will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine if this course is at an appropriate level for you to study at.*

Learners will attend an induction and assessment session which will be used to check your existing knowledge to ensure this is the most suitable course for you.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

*For employers or training managers enquiring about this course on behalf of your organisation for staff training purposes, National Careers Service appointments are not a mandatory part of the enrolment process.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment
Course Outline: Our Principles for Digital Skills course will equip you with an understanding and knowledge of the digital skills needed to search and apply for employment
Qualification: TQUK Level 2 Certificate in digital skills for work
LevelLevel 2
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration10 Weeks
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year
PriceSubject to eligibility this course may be fully-funded

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