Funded by the Government of Ireland as part of the July Stimulus Higher Education Provision
Certificate in Digital Transversal Skills for Work Course Overview and Audience
The National Skills Bulletin 2020 report highlights the need for enhanced digital skills across all sectors of the economy. This and previous reports have also highlighted the need for educational programmes that enable learners to become effective communicators and confident in the use of a variety of digital technologies that are used in the modern business.
This modular certificate course incorporates modules such as Digital-Age Literacy, Office Applications, Effective Communication and High Productivity which are specifically desired attributes of a modern digital-age worker. The certificate explores economic problems with consideration for cost versus benefit analysis, and the ability to organise and efficiently achieve goals of a specific project or problem. Participants will also acquire the practical skills to create business documents using professional word processors, to design spreadsheets, including graphs and charts for quality output production, to build databases for small business needs and to produce effective and dynamic professional presentations. The certificate is purposely designed to ensure that graduates will remain competitive and employable across ever-advancing sectors, and to provide access to a broad spectrum of participants including those reskilling or returning to the workforce.
This CCT College Dublin modular course consists of modules from CCT’s Level 6 Certificate in Digital Transversal Skills (60 ECTS) awarded by QQI. The modular course certificate is awarded by CCT and is not an NFQ award but successful completion of the modules will entitle the learner to a transcript confirming the ECTS attained and the NFQ level of those ECTS. Upon successful completion of the programme learners will be entitled to exemptions from the specified modules on the Certificate in Digital Transversal Skills at CCT College Dublin. Successful completion of the programme may also entitle a learner to exemptions from alternative programmes, including those offered by other Higher Education Institutions, subject to entry requirements.
- Digital-Age Literacy
Digital-Age Literacy focuses on a number of literacies which are sought after by employers in today’s digital age. While domain specific skills are important, so too are a number of digital literacies required to function within face-paced, dynamic and multicultural work environments. These literacies include numeracy, scientific, economic, technological, visual, information and multicultural literacy.
The module explores numeracy to ensure the learner has a proficient mathematical level necessary to function and achieve goals. Scientific Literacy explores scientific concepts and processes required for decision making, while Economic Literacy looks at economic problems with consideration for cost versus benefit analysis. Technological Literacy is an examination of modern technology and its purpose, function and efficiency within various contexts. Visual Literacy examines the use of modern digital media and how it can be used to advance thinking, communication and learning. Information Literacy provides the skills to evaluate information across a range of media, and to use this information effectively in a variety of contexts.
- Office Applications
The focus of this module is to both provide the learner with the skills of using modern office applications, but importantly, the knowledge of how to use these tools for specific tasks and projects. The learner will acquire practical skills to create a variety of business documents using professional word processors, to design spreadsheets, including graphs and charts for quality output production, to build databases for small business needs, to produce effective and dynamic professional presentations for static displays and interactive audience settings, and to manage a modern email communication suite.
- Effective Communication
Effective communication skills are essential for success in today’s knowledge-based society. These skills are particularly useful for participating in a team, for teaching others new skills, serving clients and customers, exercising leadership, negotiating, and working with diverse groups of people. This module covers a number of areas relevant to collaborative working environments, and the tools and approaches for effective team building and collaboration, and the development of interpersonal skills within these contexts. The module also discusses the social and civic responsibility of technology use, and interactive communication using contemporary tools, transmission and processes.
- High Productivity
High Productivity focuses on prioritising, planning, and managing for results. This focus provides the learner with the ability to organise and efficiently achieve the goals of a specific project or problem. This is achieved through the effective use of real-world tools, including hardware, software, networking and peripheral devices. The module will provide learners with an ability to produce high-quality products, these products include persuasive communications in a variety of media (print, video, web, verbal presentation), synthesis of resources into more useable forms (graphics, simulations), or refinement of questions that build upon what is known to advance one’s own and others’ understanding.
Those who are in employment/working :
For eligible applicants who are currently in employment/working 90% of the tuition fees will be covered by the HEA and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.
- The Course Tuition Fee is €2,850 so €285 euro is payable by the student or their employer
Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed and ‘Returners’:
The course is free and 100% funded for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by the HEA as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.
Admission to this modular programme is through one of the following:
Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,
Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.
International applicants whose first language isn’t English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English Language of CEFR B2+.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL) in line with the College policy. The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence learning to an appropriate standard – normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualification requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme.
Mature Applicants: If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward a CV and proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must be submitted.
This course will be delivered online. Online activities can include live or pre-recorded lectures, independent learning and assessment activities such as research tasks, discussion forums, simulations, quizzes and e-portfolio work along with online group activities such as live classes, group project work, virtual labs and tutorials.