EDSQ (Essential Digital Skills) Essential Digital Skills Qualifications
The standards set out the digital skills needed for work and life across two skills levels:
- Entry – designed for adults with no or little prior experience of using digital devices or the internet.
- Level 1 – designed for adults with some experience of using digital devices and the internet but lacking secure basic digital skills.
The standards include a single Entry Level, rather than three entry sub-levels to reflect how digital skills are typically taught, learned and applied. The Entry Level skills statements include skills across the three entry sub-levels.
These are an important pre-requisite of skills learners need to have prior to starting EDSQ:
- Turning on a device (including entering and updating any account information safely, such as a password)
- Using the available controls on a device (such as a mouse and keyboard for a computer, or touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet)
- Making use of accessibility tools (including assistive technology) to make devices easier to use (such as changing display settings to make content easier to read)
- Interacting with the home screen on a device
- Connecting to the internet (including Wi-Fi) safely and securely, and opening a browser
- Opening and accessing an application on a device
- Using devices and handling information - using hardware and software, searching and navigating.
- Creating and editing - using apps to enter and edit information, capturing/saving multimedia.
- Communicating - sending and receiving communications.
- Transactions - e-commerce and buying online
- Being safe and responsible online - being safe online, protecting your data, etc.