Ascentis Essential Digital Skills Available Now

Following last week’s announcement that our Essential Digital Skills qualifications have been approved, we would like to share more details of these qualifications – which are now available– and how they can enhance your provision.

About Essential Digital Skills

Our Essential Digital Skills Qualifications have been designed by subject experts to support those with little or no digital skills in gaining the essential digital skills required for day-to-day life and work. 

Available at both Entry 3 and Level 1, these qualifications focus on the following 5 key skill areas:

  • Using Devices and Handling Information
  • Creating and Editing
  • Communicating
  • Transacting
  • Being Safe and Responsible Online

Your learners are fully funded through a new legal entitlement offer to complete these qualifications, and will benefit from 50 guided learning hours to acquire important practical digital skills and engage with online platforms and software.

The Assessments

At Entry 3 the assessments consist of:

• 1 Observation completed within the guided learning hours to support Entry level learners and marked online. It consists of four tasks and forms the first part of assessment at Entry 3. Task sheet and observation record are provided.

• 1 Practical e-Assessment separated into two sections: Life and Work. These are uploaded onto the Ascentis secure online platform, by the learner. There is an option for a supervised break within the assessment.

• 1 Knowledge e-Assessment taken on the secure Ascentis e-Assessment platform and consists of multiple-choice questions, which are computer marked.

At Level 1 the assessments consist of:

• 1 Practical e-Assessment separated into three sections with an optional supervised break. These sections are Core, Life & Work.

• 1 Knowledge e-Assessment taken on the secure Ascentis e-Assessment platform and consists of multiple-choice questions, which are computer marked.

Why Choose Ascentis for Essential Digital Skills?

  • Both our Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications cover life and work skills in detail
  • The courses can be delivered through classroom-based and blended learning
  • Assessments are fully marked online saving resources
  • 2 free resits
  • Learners are encouraged to use digital devices throughout the course of the qualifications, giving them an extra opportunity to engage with the online facilities and a range of software

What's Coming Up?

Tutor Guidance, sample assessments and indicative content to help you teach these new qualifications and help your learners to succeed.

Furthermore, we are currently working on supportive resources for ESOL learners completing Ascentis Essential Digital Skills qualifications.

Coming soon we will be hosting brand new webinars on Essential Digital Skills, which will give you an opportunity to find out more about these new qualifications and have all your questions answered. We will be in touch again as soon as the dates are confirmed.

How to Get Started

If you would like more information, to request the full specifications or are interested in delivering these qualifications, please contact us at

Alternatively, if you are an Ascentis approved Centre, you can get approval to deliver these qualifications by completing our qualification approval form, which can be found here.

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