This Level 2 Principles for Digital Skills in Employment course is designed for anyone with an interest in developing their Digital Skills in Employment. The purpose of the qualification is to increase the awareness of the importance of digital skills in modern society and to help you improve your knowledge and capability. It will aid you in developing digital career skills, and will look at how to communicate effectively through the use of technology and how to protect data and devices, amongst other organisational policies and procedures.


Whether currently employed and looking to increase your career prospects or seeking employment and looking to develop your employability skills this qualification will support those who wish to improve their digital skills and progress into a role where these skills are required. It will also be beneficial to those wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use.

The Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment is split into manageable study units, and will develop your knowledge and understanding in five key areas:


Unit 1: Developing digital career skills


You will explore a range of digital skills, their relevance and how to improve your own digital skills. You will also look at social media and the internet in relation to employment opportunities, what forms an online identity, and how to use digital skills in career progression.


Unit 2: Management of information


You will look at how to gather reliable information using different techniques, as well as copyright regulations and what happens when these are breached. You will also be asked to explore different storage methods for data management and why these are in place, plus the benefits and limitations of these methods.


Unit 3: Digital device safety awareness


You will learn about types of threats to data and how to protect it, as well as considering data protection legislation. You will also be asked to look at health and safety legislation regarding the use of digital equipment and how the risks can be reduced.


Unit 4: Communication and productivity


You will learn how to communicate effectively using a range of technology, including email, online meeting and collaboration tools, and digital networks.


Unit 5: Digital security


You will be able to identify a range of security threats and system protection methods, as well as exploring current legislation around system and data protection and organisational policies and procedures relating to this.

This course can be studied via a distance learning model which means you can choose when and where you study. Giving you the freedom to choose your learning schedule yourself whilst still gaining certification from your chosen subject. Throughout the course you will have the support of your online tutor who can also be reached via phone or email.

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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Enrolments Team on 01329 815 200.