The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users and is rated by the British Computer Society (BCS) as a level 1 ITQ Award.
ECDL improves your understanding and efficient use of computers and is recognised by employers as proof of skill when working with computers. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides.
No prior knowledge of IT or skill in computing is needed to study ECDL; it is designed for people wishing to gain a benchmark qualification in computing to enhance their career prospects or for personal development. The skills gained over the course of the qualification will not only improve your career options, but take the frustration out of using your computer on an everyday basis by boosting both your efficiency and your confidence.
The ECDL course consists of the following modules:
- Module 1 - Security for IT Users
- Module 2 - IT User Fundamentals
- Module 3 - Word Processing
- Module 4 - Spreadsheets
- Module 5 - Database Software
- Module 6 - Presentation Software
- Module 7 - Using E-mail and the Internet
- Module 8 - *BONUS* Improving Productivity
Learners also get access to the Improving Productivity module, which teaches learners about ways in which you can use Information Technology (IT) skills to improve productivity at work. The module shows how you can work more efficiently by planning the use of IT tools and systems, finding out if the tools or systems you had chosen were appropriate for achieving your goal, and then by finding solutions to work faster when using the same tools.
The BCS and ECDL Portfolio of qualifications has been designed to map directly into ITQ so that when you gain a BCS or ECDL certificate you will also be receiving ITQ certification. ITQ is a portfolio of qualifications which replaced the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) for IT and computing. It is a nationally-recognised programme which has been designed by employers to meet the needs of today's businesses. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.
PLEASE NOTE: This courseware is based on UK ECDL tests.
This course can lead to external certification if the student chooses. These must be booked and paid for directly with your local examination centre.
This 12 month online course has a typical online course duration of 40 to 60 hours. In addition the learner can practice offline as required to improve their skills. The learner can choose any one of 3 “flavours” of the ECDL V5 course, each one focussing on a different version of Microsoft Office: -
- Office 2003
- Office 2007
- Office 2010
The cost of the course is £249.00 + VAT.