DSAE3 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Entry 3 Award in Digital Skills for Pre-employability (RQF)

Qualification summary

This qualification has been developed for the widest range of learners possible: young people and adults, those who are pre-employment, recently unemployed or between jobs. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners who wish to gain basic IT skills and to understand and to apply for Universal Credit and employment through Find a Job.

The range of units contained in this qualification allow you to learn, develop and practise IT skills required to apply for Universal Credit and to seek jobs through Find a Job, without requiring or proving occupational competence. This qualification will also allow you to develop the basic knowledge and skills of selected IT activities which will prove invaluable toward your own personal and career development.

A background computing skills is not required to achieve this qualification, which will give you an understanding of:

• basic computing skills
• the use of basic internet functions
• the use of social media to identify work opportunities
• how to apply for Universal Credit and Find a Job

Achievement of this qualification can assist you in gaining employment in the sector of your choice.

On completion of the Entry 3 Award in Digital Skills for Pre-employability (RQF), you may progress into further learning, employment or onto Skillsfirst vocationally-based qualifications, such as the:

•  Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment (RQF)
•  Level 1 Certificate in Personal and Social Development (RQF)
•  Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (RQF)

or similar vocationally-based qualifications.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Entry 3 Award in Digital Skills for Pre-employability (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

All 5 modules from Group M must be achieved to gain the qualification.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 53

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 92

Qualification numberQualification reference

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
mod. no.
Module titleUnit LevelGLH Value
L/616/9029DS1Computer basicsE37
F/616/9030DS2Internet basicsE314
J/616/9031DS3Use social media to find jobsE310
L/616/9032DS4Understand and apply for Universal Credit111
R/616/9033DS5Understand and apply for Find a Job111

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