New Digital Functional Skills

The Department for Education (DfE) is committed to helping people gain the necessary digital skills for life and work at Entry and level 1.

These standards will form part of the New Digital Functional Skills (DFS) that will be available for first teaching in August 2023.

Digital Functional Skills Qualifications (DFSQ) will enable students to initiate and participate in digital and online activities safely in the workplace and other real-life contexts. At this level, DFSQs should:

  • enable students to gain confidence and fluency in their use of digital knowledge and skills, and develop a positive attitude towards the use of digital skills;
  • enable students to develop an appreciation of the importance of digital skills in the workplace and in life generally;
  • enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by applying these to complete tasks and activities; and
  • provide a basis for further study, work and life