European/International Computer Driving Licence

Course Name: European/International Computer Driving Licence
Awarding Body: British Computer Society

Course Description
ECDL/ICDL is the fastest growing qualification in Britain; it is becoming a mandatory qualification for most staff working within most government agencies and is recognised throughout Europe and Worldwide. It certifies that the holder has knowledge of a broad range of Microsoft software applications. All learning is computer-based with access to support materials to enhance learning.

The course consists of seven units listed below (click on each module to view the current version 5 syllabus):

Module 1 - IT Security for Users (adobe .pdf, 47 kbs)

Module 2 - IT User Fundamentals (adobe .pdf, 113 kbs)

Module 3 - Word Processing (adobe .pdf, 166 kbs)

Module 4 - Spreadsheets (adobe .pdf, 162 kbs)

Module 5 - Databases (adobe .pdf, 163 kbs)

Module 6 - Presentations (adobe .pdf, 164 kbs)

The assessements must be taken in the Unit with an invigilator present. You are allowed up to 45 minutes per module; the test is on-line with an immediate result.

  • Completion of Units 1 to 7 will generate an ECDL Certificate - note that this not recognised as a full Level 2 qualification in the QCF framework
  • Completion of Units 1, 2 and 7 will result in the ECDL Essentials (Part 1) / BCS Level 1 ITQ Award in IT User Skills Certificate - recognised in the QCF framework
  • Completion of Units 3, 4, 6 and the unit 'Improving Productivity Using IT' will result in the ECDL Extra (Part 2) / BCS Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills Certificate - recognised in the QCF framework.

Learners who complete ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra will automatically receive an ECDL certificate. All ECDL modules will also be registered as ITQ modules at Levels 1, 2 and 3. For more information check out the ITQ webpage.

Guided Learning Hours
The ECDL course is self paced; the course can be studied in the Unit by attending taught sessions (pre-booked on enrolment) and or online from home. As a guide, depending on your existing knowledge, you should complete a module in 15 to 20 hours if studying from home or 5 to 7 weeks if attending taught sessions.

Course Delivery
You can study the ECDL using the following routes:

  • Attend taught sessions in our training room
  • Study online - via distance learning or using the drop-in sessions
  • Complete the specifically designed Task Sheets to identify areas that need improvement - support can be provided via email, drop-in sessions or attending a particular taught session
  • All of the above!

Contact us for more information about the taught sessions and the timetable for 2015-2016.

Entry Requirements
Level 1 knowledge at Clait level is recommended

Progression Route
ECDL Advanced

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