Computer and Online Essentials

The Computer & Online Essentials module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of computers and devices, file and application management, networks, online information, online communication, and safety.


The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, developed with input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies, and practising professionals.

Download Computer and Online Essentials Module Syllabus (PDF)

Download Computer and Online Essentials Module Datasheet (PDF)

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts and carry out key activities relating to hardware and software.
  • Manage files and folders, store data, and manage applications.
  • Understand network concepts, and connect to a network.
  • Find and manage online information effectively, and manage browser settings.
  • Understand considerations relating to the effective use of common communication tools.
  • Send, receive, and manage emails, and use calendars.
  • Understand potential threats and ways to protect computers, devices, and data.
  • Recognise considerations relating to safety, well-being, accessibility, and the environment.

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Presents the key underlying concepts around computers, communication, and security and safety.
  • Covers practical skills relating to settings, file management, online activities, and communication, including email.
  • Created with input from subject matter experts and practitioners.

Syllabus Overview:


Computers and devices

  • Hardware
  • Software

Managing files and applications

  • Introducing file management
  • Organising files and folders
  • Storage
  • Managing applications


  • Network concepts
  • Network access

Online Information

  • Finding information
  • Managing information
  • Web browser settings

Online communication

  • Communication tools
  • Sending email
  • Receiving email
  • Email tools and settings
  • Organising emails
  • Using calendars


  • Computers, devices and data
  • Wellbeing and accessibility
  • Environment