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 digital 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 digital 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.

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.

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.

Funding and Eligibility Criteria

As this course is fully funded, you must meet the following eligibility and funding criteria in order to access this course.

Funding Criteria:

To qualify for a FREE Level 2 online learning course, you must:

  • You must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/21
  • You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • 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 not be on another funded programme i.e. an apprenticeship or another distance learning or online course
  • You must not be on another distance learning course with another training provider
  • If you are working but earning less than £17,374.50 per year, are aged 19 – 23 and have achieved a full Level 2, you will be fully funded.
  • If you are working but earning less than £17,374.50 per year and are aged 24+, you will be fully funded.

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

*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
How To Apply

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.

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 appropriate level for you to study at. Learners will attend an induction and assessment session which will be used to check your existing computer 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.

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
PriceThis course is fully-funded


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