EDSQ (Essential Digital Skills qualifications)

Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQs) will be automatically funded for 16-19 year-olds, and 19+ year-olds (employed or unemployed) who don’t have the basic digital skills they need for life and work.

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EDSQ Entry Level and Level 1

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Entry Level and Level 1

EDSQs can also be delivered alongside other entry level qualifications such as ESOL, and Functional Skills English and maths. Available in England only for Entry Level and Level 1.

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Learners with no or low digital skills will benefit from accessing a fully funded and up-to-date qualification that reflects the evolving digital landscape.

The Essential Digital Skills framework defines the digital skills adults need to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world. These qualifications are suitable for all ages and support the development of key digital skills such as using devices, creating and editing digital media, using technology to communicate, buying and transacting online, and how to stay safe and secure when using technology.

The Essential Digital Skills standards can be found in About EDSQ.

Important information

Pearson believes it is important to work with our centres and learners to ensure the support and assessment offered around our EDSQ qualifications comprehensively meets your needs. We will post regular updates on our actions and those of The Regulator. 

Blog

Skills blog

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Pearson's monthly Skills blog focuses on all things ESOL and EDSQ including; updates, discussions and outcomes from training events and decisions from the regulator.

This is produced by Post-16 English and Maths Sector Manager Chris Briggs.

Read our lastest blog:

ESOL and Functional Skills Maths

View past Skills blogs

Webinars

Skills webinars

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Watch our latest webinars discussing updates and delivery support for ESOL and EDSQ qualifications.

Watch our latest webinars:

Introduction to EDSQ

View our Skills video playlist

Useful documents

Skills useful documents

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Download and view our useful EDSQ documents.

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Updates

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Stay up to date on the latest news and support for Skills qualifications

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