Want to develop skills with the digital world? This qualification will help you to develop the digital skills you need for life, work or further study.


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

Creative Media Level 3

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

Apprenticeship in IT

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Zoe Bulsara

Zoe Bulsara

The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.

Creative Media Level 3

  • Description

    The Essential Digital Skills framework defines the digital skills adults need to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world. These qualifications are suitable for adults of all ages and support the development of key digital skills such as:

    • Using devices and handling information
    • Creating and editing
    • Communicating
    • Transacting
    • Being safe and responsible online
  • Entry Requirements

    No formal qualifications are required for entry to these qualifications.

    You do not need to possess any existing technical skills to take part in this programme, however, a good understanding of English will help.

  • Qualification

    Gateway Qualifications Essential Digital Skills (Entry 3)

  • Progression

    The qualifications are intended to develop essential digital skills to enable you to have access to and actively engage in the digital world. Following successful achievement you may wish to further develop their understanding and skills and progress onto digital qualifications at a higher level.

  • Assessment

    The assessment is provided via on a small on-demand test through the Gateway online assessment platform.

  • Home Study

    The tutor will set small pieces of homework and/or revision based on what was covered in class.

  • Work Placement

    You do not need to be in relevant work to take part in this course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    There are no costs linked to this course.

  • Programmes currently in progress

    Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    E3EDS/01 222301 Thursday 15/09/2022 25/05/2023 18:30 - 20:30 £0

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.