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Essential Digital Skills Programme

We have developed an online programme designed to equip you for success by supporting your academic, professional and personal development.

This optional programme is fully online and open to all students. You’ll learn:

  • How to use the required IT systems to support your academic development and gain confidence in their use.

  • How to be a good digital citizen and develop a positive digital identity.

  • About the digital skills required by employers.

You will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) accreditation or a digital certificate if you complete the programme and the relevant assessments. The HEAR accreditation will be added to your university transcript so that prospective employers know that you completed the Essential Digital Skills Programme.

Programme details

  • Delivered via KEATS over semesters one and two.

  • Different activities will be recommended and supported during specific weeks, with catch-up weeks kept free from new activities to allow greater flexibility.

  • The entire programme can be completed in around 30 hours with no more than two hours per week during term time. For more information please contact

Support for completing alternative assessments

During the coronavirus pandemic, many faculties are planning a range of approaches to assess students. Our guidance on Student Service Online explains the main tools and techniques that will help you prepare for alternative assessments, but activities will vary depending on your module or programme.

Alternative Assessments

I would like to…


Prepare to undertake an online assessment

Submit my assessment to KEATS Assignment

Record a presentation which can be assessed by my Tutor

  • PowerPoint can be used to record a narrated presentation (PDF Guide) which could be uploaded onto KEATS.

  • Kaltura Capture (PDF Guide) can be used to record your screen, webcam and/or audio and make it available via My Media in KEATS. 

  • Kaltura Media Assignment (PDF Guide) may be used to enable you to submit your media assignment directly into KEATS.

Record a ‘Practical’ assessment which can be assessed by my Tutor

Undertake a peer assessment using Turnitin PeerMark

Your IT checklist

Your IT checklist

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Online library support

Monday to Friday between 09.30-17.30 library staff will be responding to emails via Alternatively, you can use our 24/7 live chat service. If you need more in-depth help you can book a 30 minute 1:1 with a librarian (available Monday to Friday).