Digital Skills Award/Certificate





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About the course

The Digital Skills is a new entry-level qualification we are offering as part of our IT Centre. They are IT skills qualifications that are recognised by employers and designed to improve your employability!   

You will develop a range of basic IT skills and knowledge such as how to use the Internet, online safety, create Word documents and open a social networking account.

Digital Skills is the only funded qualification (England and Wales) that offers a complete employability skills solution for you.

The courses are delivered in our IT Centre at College Green.

The IT Centre opening times are:

  • Monday  9:00 – 16:30
  • Tuesday  12:30 – 20:00
  • Wednesday  9:00 – 16:30
  • Thursday 09:00 – 16:30
  • Friday 09:00 – 12:00

It is advised to pick a time that you can attend each week regularly as this has proved the most effective with past learners.

Benefits for Students

As a student of City of Bristol College, you will have free access to:

Microsoft Office, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as access to Office 365, which gives you online access to the web-based applications and 1TB of personal cloud storage space.

The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver, Animate and many many more. You will also have access to Adobe Online and use of Adobes online platforms and cloud storage space for all your work and resources. This would normally cost you £15 per month but is absolutely free as part of your course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but we will need to undertake an initial assessment to make sure you have the basic literacy skills to complete the course content and put in place teh right support for you.

UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BUWE
Institution code: B80
Course code: G403
Campus code: R
Short code: BSc/CS
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

Depending on your abilities and what you are looking for, we can offer you 2 qualification routes. An award (7 creidts) or a Certificate (3 credits). Both are entry level 3 courses and are delivered in our IT Centre at College Green, and you will be supported by assessors through the course content and undertake the final assessments to achieve the credits needed

If you choose to do the Digital Skills Award, you will do the 2 core units along with choosing 2 optional units. If you choose to do the Certificate, you will do the Core units along with all the optional units.

It is possible for you to choose to do the award, and then top up to the certificate.

The units are:         

  • Computer Basics (core)
  • Online Basics (core)
  • Social Networking 
  • Digital Media 
  • Digital Photograph
  • Digital Music
  • Audio and Video Software


Who is it for?

For anyone who is looking to develop basic digital skills and support them to gain new employment or seek employment. It is for anyone aged 19+ and suitable for students who are on JSA/ESA or Universal Credit.

No matter what your background, or how inexperienced you maybe with computers and IT, the digital skills will support you to gain the knowledge you need to succee.



How to apply

To join the course, you can call our IT Centre direct on 0117 312 2821, or our main college Switchboard on 0117 312 5000 and ask for admissions.

Alternatively you can email and speak to one of our customer services representatives about joining the course.

How Is this course assessed?

You will undertake the prescribed material from the British Computer Society (BCS) and be supported by the team of assessors. You will then undertake the final assessments through the BCS online portal to achieve the credits for each unit and achieve the your qualification.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course, you can look to undertake one of our other courses in Computing or IT.


Within the IT Centre, we offer a range of courses with the BCS, which include

ECDL Level 2

Word Processing Software

Spreadsheet Software

Presentation Software

Database Software

Improving Productivity using IT

You could also look at doing one of our level 1 Full time courses, in IT or Business Admin, but this is dependant on age and eligibility. Speak to one of our assessors within the IT centre for more information.

Additional cost

The courses are eligible for adult funding (depending on age and eligibility) or are funded for those who are unemployed and receiving JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.

Proof of benefits will be needed for enrolments


There is no interview for these courses, but you will be required to attend an induction, and undertake the initial assessment. Once the induction is completed, you can sign up and then start your course by attending the centre at dates and times that suit you.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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