This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop basic skills in internet and online communications. This Unit covers conventional connection methods used to access, retrieve and exchange information from the internet or an intranet. Candidates will use basic facilities to send and receive messages over a network. Candidates will also acquire skills relating to computer hardware and software.

This Unit is suitable for anyone that wishes to develop basic internet/intranet and electronic communication skills.

This Unit is aimed at beginners who want to learn how to use the Internet safely and responsibly.

The purpose of this Unit is to introduce learners to the main threats to personal safety when they are using the Internet, and how best to protect themselves from these threats. It covers topics such as: cyber hygiene, data security, and individual rights and responsibilities. The threats covered include: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, identity theft, sextortion and malware (such as ransomware).

As well as learning about the main threats to personal safety, learners will also gain practical skills in protecting themselves from these threats by learning, for example, how to use firewalls, virus protection, backup software and generally maintaining high standards of personal cyber hygiene.

On completion of this Unit, learners will understand the risks of working online and be able to take precautions to safeguard themselves.

This free-standing Unit is suitable for a wide range of learners and is particularly appropriate for young people, parents and mature Internet users.