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Digital Functional Skills Level 1 – Online Course and Exam

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This Digital Functional Skills Level 1 Course will set you up with the relevant digital skills and knowledge and provide you with a competitive advantage in your career, making you stand out from all other applicants and employees.

Course Highlights

  • Course Type: Self-Paced Online Learning
  • Accreditation: NCFE
  • Qualification: Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Study Materials: High-Quality E-Learning Study Materials
  • Assessment: Externally Graded and Verified | Center-Based Online or Online Remote Exam
  • Guided Learning: 55 hours
  • Access: 1 Year Access
  • Certificate: Certificate upon completion of the official exam (hard copy)
  • Tutor Support: Paid Tutor Support
  • Customer Support: 24/7 live chat available

Digital Functional Skills Level 1 – Online Course

This Digital Functional Skills Level 1 Course is governed by Ofqual, and accredited by NCFE, making it a nationally recognised credential that will improve your CV while helping you stand out from the rest of the applicants. 

Subject content of this course is based on the National Standards for Digital Functional Skills to increase comparability across awarding organisations.

This course will increase your confidence and fluency in using digital tools and help you develop a positive attitude towards them. The course will introduce you to new areas of life and work that you might encounter in the future, providing you with the knowledge and skills to complete tasks and activities.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the necessary digital skills to function independently, effectively, and with confidence in everyday life, professional, and academic settings.

How This Course will work for you?

  • Initial Assessment: Determines levels
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Identifies skill gaps and produces an individual learning plan
  • Learning Resources: Develop underpinning knowledge and fill skill gaps identified
  • Progress Check: Assesses progress at the end of the module

You will get useful resources that are designed to improve your essential skills, knowledge and understanding of the digital knowledge required to pass the assessments. 

Our online learning portal is fully compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices and can be accessed from anywhere.

Aims & Outcomes

This course will enable you to:

  • Increase your confidence and fluency in the use of digital
  • Gain knowledge and skills, and develop a positive attitude towards the use of digital skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills by applying these to complete tasks and activities;
  • Introduce you to areas of life and work which may be new or unfamiliar, and tasks and activities that they may encounter in future;
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of digital skills in the workplace and in life generally;
  • Provide a basis for further study, work and life.

Who should take this course?

This course can be taken by:

  • Anyone willing to enhance their practical digital functional skills
  • Anyone looking to meet the entry requirement of your desired university
  • Anyone looking to secure an apprenticeship
  • Anyone looking to improve their job outlook with an added expertise

Entry Requirements

Students or professionals of any age group hailing from any academic background can take this Digital Functional Skills Level 1 Course to acquire practical skills in ICT; no prior knowledge, skills or qualifications are required to enrol. 

About Official Exam, Assessment

Students are required to undergo an initial assessment to determine the level and a diagnostic assessment to identify skill gaps and produce an individual learning plan. These interactive assessment sessions measure the knowledge you are absorbing and evaluate your potential to demonstrate these digital skills practically. You can also keep track of your score and progress at the end of the module.

Towards the end of the Digital Functional Skills Level 1 Course, you will be required to undergo an onscreen/online exam that is externally set and graded. You can take the online exam at the designated exam center or remotely. Some assessment components for the skills and knowledge to be evaluated under the Content Document must be conducted online and on screens utilising digital devices.

The assessments will be pass/fail in line with the other Functional Skills qualifications.

Progression Opportunities in this

Acquiring certified NCFE Digital Functional Skills qualifications at Level 1 will open your doors to the following career path: 

  • BTEC Level 2 or 3 Qualifications for IT Users (ITQ)
  • Level 2 Qualifications in Digital Applications for IT Users DIDA
  • You can apply to your desired university
  • You can access a wide range of career opportunities

Course Curriculum

1. Using Devices and Handling Information

• Device refers to examples such as desktop, laptop, mobile devices, and smart devices. An appropriate file naming convention refers to naming files in a way that describes or indicates the content or the use of the file, or includes the date and/or time information.

• Limitations on file sizes when using some services refers to email attachments and file size upload limits.

• Online resources refers to examples such as online tutorials, FAQs or help facilities.

2. Creating and Editing

• Using appropriate layout conventions refers to adopting common conventions, such as text, tables, images and charts, for specific purposes, such as a formal report for managers, an advertisement for consumers or a presentation for colleagues.

• An appropriate tool for editing refers to a desktop application or an application on a touchscreen device.

• Simple formulae refers to up to two mathematical operators. Sorting numeric data refers to one criterion. Filtering data refers to one criterion.

• An appropriate type of chart refers to bar/column charts, pie charts and line graphs.

3. Communicating

• Using email or online messages for a range of contexts and audiences refers to common work or real-life scenarios, such as to colleagues at work, the general public, or users of a social media platform.

4. Transacting

• Online services refers to examples such as shopping, banking, utilities, government services or media services.

• Uploading documents or images refers to locating a file and understanding that file sizes may need to be reduced before submitting.

5. Being safe and responsible online

• In understanding key rights under data protection laws, it is not necessary to understand issues of data protection compliance relating to organisations.

• Health risks resulting from using devices and the internet refers to physical and/or psychological. Minimising these refers to examples such as taking regular breaks, using a wrist rest with a mouse, limiting screen time, avoiding screen time close to bedtime or reporting cyberbullying.

Recognised Accreditation

This Course is Accredited by NCFE and Regulated by OFQUAL

This Course is accredited by NCFE and regulated by Ofqual which is a nationally recognised qualification that will add value to your CV. It is an approved subject by Department for Education (DfE) that provides a foundation for progression to employment and further technical education.


Upon successful passing of the official exam, you will be awarded an Ofqual regulated nationally recognised NCFE Digital Functional Skills qualification at Level 1

Course Reviews


You will be able to access the course as soon as you enroll. The course materials and resources will be available to you online 24/7, allowing you to study at your own pace and convenience.

There are no prerequisites or eligibility criteria for taking this course. This certification is open to anyone who wants to enhance their digital skills and knowledge.

You will be able to access the course as soon as you enroll. The course materials and resources will be available to you online 24/7, allowing you to study at your own pace and convenience.

There is no age limit for enrollment in this course. Learners of all ages are welcome to join and benefit from the course materials and resources provided.

NCFE and Edexcel are both awarding bodies that provide qualifications, but there are some differences between them. NCFE is a national awarding organization in the UK, while Edexcel is a subsidiary of Pearson, a multinational education company. Additionally, NCFE focuses on vocational qualifications and skills-based learning, while Edexcel offers a wider range of academic and vocational qualifications.

To access the course material, you need internet access, and you won't be able to access it offline.

We have a very supportive and friendly customer support team, available for you to ask for any help or assistance with any technical issues you may encounter. They can be reached through email or phone, and will promptly address any concerns you have to ensure a smooth learning experience.

No, you do not need any special software to access this course. All you need is a device with internet access and a web browser. The course materials are accessible online, making it convenient for you to learn from anywhere at any time.

You can take the online exam at the designated exam center or remotely.

The DFSQ qualification focuses specifically on digital skills for work, while the EDSQ qualification covers only the essential digital skills for everyday life. The Guided learning hours for DFSQ are 55 hours, and those for EDSQ are 50 hours.

In the Digital Functional Skills Level 1 course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of using digital devices, navigating online platforms, and conducting tasks on the internet. Additionally, you will develop knowledge and understanding of online safety and security measures to protect personal information.

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