Introduction to Digital and Data Skills


The course helps learners gain and develop essential digital and data skills by using a range of digital devices, software applications and tools safely and securely. These core IT and data skills are crucial for further learning, life and work. The course also encourages development of self-management skills, social intelligence and innovation. It is suitable for all learners and delivered by an Edinburgh College lecturer.

Prior to the course start all participants will be asked to register for our Access Data programme, which will give them access to a dedicated Access Data Caseworker to help with any issues they may face in or out of the course. Access to Industry can also provide Day Saver tickets to all students commuting using Lothian Buses.

On completion, participants will be able to move onto a range of other courses, including: Develop Your Data Skills course with Access to Industry and Edinburgh College (SCQF 4) and Access to Industry IT course, potentially leading to achieving ICT Core Skills.

To apply, candidates (or professionals on their behalf) should fill out the provided online application form (link below). The applications stage will be followed by short interviews to further assess course suitability.
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Basic use of IT (turning a PC on/off; using an internet browser such as Chrome, Edge or other; accessing and opening folders & files; sending and receiving emails). Some basic familiarity with any of the MS Office software (including old versions) would be advantageous but is not required. Our tutors are dedicated to making the course as accessible as possible for students whose first language is not English. However, all participants should be comfortable studying in English with no additional language support. No formal certification is required but language skills will be assessed during a course interview.


The course usually runs one half day a week for a nine-week period. Recruitment opens May 2024 for August 2024 intake.


To gain skills essential for further education, work and life and ultimately to better your chances in the contemporary job market.


Delivered in person, in our Community College (156 Cowgate, EH1 1RP).

Funding Partners

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