Welcome to ECDL

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The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognised qualification delivered in over 140 countries. With 3 options across 3 levels of competency, ECDL offers the perfect solution for learners who want the basic skills to start using a computer safely through to becoming an expert in the use of the most common applications.

Take a look below to see what learners, lecturers, universities and employers think of ECDL!


The Student

"What will make my application different from someone who has not completed ECDL is the fact that I can prove I can use a PC and applications to an industry standard. It saves me time and helps me to meet deadlines." - University of East London learner

"I would say my confidence level in ICT was 4/10 before I started the ECDL course. My confidence has doubled since completing the course. I also feel that ECDL is a really valuable qualification for anyone that wants to work in an office, especially for supervisory or management positions" - Paul, Student The Learning Curve Plymouth

"The ECDL Qualification was appealing because it was an internationally recognised qualification. Each unit built on experience from a previous unit. I feel the ECDL qualification was just the start for me. It will lead to better communication with colleagues and better exchange of information – it will certainly help me manage the time I have in my job more efficiently." - Sheila – ECDL Learmer Manchester

The Lecturer

ECDL is the compact all in one qualification that universities can deliver to learners as they prepare for employment. Everyone is noticing the move towards cloud computing and the fact that ECDL is vendor neutral really helps.

"The tests are also very practical, and just based on theory or knowledge. The learner has to actually do the tasks to successfully complete the qualification" - Cedric Nosa, ECDL Manager University of East London

"We understand employers need for IT literacy as shown by job advertising, CVs and the literature around the job market and we believe that ECDL delivers everything that is needed for the job market. ECDL is one more step on the journey to a successful employment outcome at the end of a period of learning." - University of East London Pro Vice Chancellor, Dusty Amroliwala

The Employer

The ECDL ITQ qualifications are up-to-date and relevant, and in line with advances in technology. Employees that have ECDL will add real value to your organisation by:

  • Increasing overall efficiency and productivity
  • Achieving specific goals and objectives more effectively
  • Reducing IT support costs
  • Setting a benchmark for employee IT competence throughout the organisation

"We use BCS for ECDL and our learners are proud to achieve such a prestigious award that is recognised in all organisations large and small" - Bradford Council


Which ECDL?

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ECDL is delivered across three levels of competency – from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE D grade) to level 3 (A-Level equivalent).

You need to find the level of qualification that best meets your needs, from a beginner new to the world of IT through to becoming an expert of in use of applications.

To find out more about what ECDL has to offer, read more on the different qualifications below.


ECDL Essentials

ECDL Essentials is an excellent introduction to the world of technology. With units covering the fundamentals of using IT, ECDL has a particular focus on the first steps in using a computer, explaining the internet and email, and teaching about how they can be used safely and productively.

By gaining this qualification it provides proof that you have a level of IT competence that is recognised by industry across the world which has been designed, validated and approved by academic and international experts.

ECDL Essentials is a Level 1 award qualification from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. ECDL Essentials covers the following topics:

  • IT user fundamentals
  • Using email and the internet
  • Security for IT users

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ECDL Extra

ECDL Extra builds on a learner’s initial experience and basic knowledge, and improves their understanding of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. It gives learners the skills to use the most common applications in industry, and a qualification that is recognised the world over.

ECDL Extra is part of a portfolio of ECDL qualifications from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. ECDL is the most widely recognised IT User qualification within UK industry and is widely adopted across many public and commercial organisations.

ECDL Extra is a Level 2 Certificate from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. ECDL Extra covers the following topics:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Improving productivity using IT

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ECDL Advanced

ECDL Advanced builds on the skills developed in ECDL Extra and allows learners to progress and develop their expertise and skills to support workplace demands. By completing the ECDL Advanced qualification you become an “expert” in applications.

A certain level of competency is expected prior to enrolling on the ECDL Advanced course. It is not a pre-requisite however that that you gain ECDL Essentials or Extra before enrolling on ECDL Advanced. Your local centre will be able to help determine if this is the right programme for you.

ECDL Advanced is a Level 3 Certificate from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. ECDL Advanced covers the following topics:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Database software
  • Improving productivity using IT

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ECDL (7 unit)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

ECDL Extra is part of a portfolio of ECDL qualifications from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. ECDL is the most widely recognised IT User qualification within UK industry and is widely adopted across many public and commercial organisations.

ECDL 7 unit covers the following topics:
  • IT User Fundamentals
  • Using Email and the Internet
  • Security for IT Users
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Word Processing Software
  • Database Software

Learners who successfully complete the course will receive an ECDL certificate. Alternatively, learners who complete ECDL Essentials and Extra will also automatically receive the full ECDL 7 unit certificate.

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Next Steps

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ECDL is the most widely recognised IT qualification in the workplace, with more than 2 million people having taken the qualification in nearly 2000 learning centres in the UK.


To find your nearest centre click the link below.

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FAQ's

General

Q. Who is this qualification suitable for?

Q. What are the pass marks for ECDL?

Q. How long are the tests?

Q. What are the Guided Learning Hours for ECDL?

Q. Where can I find sample test papers?

Q. What is the current syllabus version for ECDL?

Q. I am moving abroad, but haven’t completed the ECDL. What can I do?

Q. Do I have to use Microsoft Office to take the ECDL course?

Q. How do I get funding for ECDL qualifications?

Q. If I complete ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra, can I apply for an ECDL certificate?

ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra

Q. How long do I have to complete an ECDL Essentials or ECDL Extra qualification?

Q. What are the pass marks for ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra?

Q. What are the guided learning hours for ECDL Essentials and Extra?

Q. Are sample tests available?

Q. What is the structure of ECDL Essentials?

Q. What is the structure of ECDL Extra?

Q. What training materials are available for ECDL Essentials and Extra?


General

Q. Who is this qualification suitable for?
A. ECDL is suitable for all age groups, including pre-16.

Q. What are the pass marks for ECDL?
A. The pass mark for all ECDL units is 75%.

Q. How long are the tests?
A. All ECDL and ITQ units at Level 1 and 2 are 45 minutes. Tests at Level 3 are 1 hour.

Q. What are the Guided Learning Hours for ECDL?
A. There is not a set number; however we would expect it to be around 185.

Q. Where can I find sample test papers?
A. You can find these on the BCS website

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Q. What is the current syllabus version for ECDL?
A. The current syllabus version is v5.0.

Q. I am moving abroad, but haven't completed the ECDL. What can I do?
A. If you are moving within Europe, the ECDL will still be valid. Ensure that you have all relevant information, such as your BCS ID number and the qualification details. If you are moving out of Europe, the centre abroad will be able to convert this to an ICDL.

Q. Do I have to use Microsoft Office to take the ECDL course?
A. ECDL is not restricted to Microsoft applications and testing and training can be done using other applications such as Lotus, Apple or the Star Office suite of applications. A number of the automated test providers allow tests to be done using Lotus as well as Microsoft. Many centres also use other email packages such as Navaho and webmail for ECDL. These are only examples and there may well be other packages which are also being used.

Q. How do I get funding for ECDL qualifications?
A. You will need to contact your nearest learning centre, or your local Skills Agency to enquire about funding for different qualifications.

Q. If I complete ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra, can I apply for an ECDL certificate?
A. Once both qualifications are completed you will automatically be issued with an ECDL certificate.

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ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra

Q. How long do I have to complete an ECDL Essentials or ECDL Extra qualification?
A. You have three years to complete ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra. The three year timeframe begins upon successful completion of the first unit.

Q. What are the pass marks for ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra?
A. The pass mark for both qualifications is 75%.

Q. What are the guided learning hours for ECDL Essentials and Extra?
A. ECDL Essentials (ITQ Level 1): 65 Guided Learning Hours. ECDL Extra (ITQ Level 2): 120 Guided Learning Hours.

Q. Are sample tests available?
A. Sample tests for ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra can be found on the website. From there you can access sample tests by clicking on the qualification then by navigating to the 'key information' section.

Q. What is the structure of ECDL Essentials?
A. The ECDL Essentials (ITQ Level 1) qualification is designed to give an initial overview of computer use for candidates wishing to gain a qualification. The qualification is made up of three units;  taken from the original European Computer Driving Licence. These are:
 - IT User Fundamentals
 - Using Email and The Internet
 - Security for IT Users

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Q. What is the structure of ECDL Extra?
A. The ECDL Extra Certificate is designed to give a more in depth knowledge and understanding of computer use for candidates wishing to gain a qualification. The qualification is made up of five units; taken from the original European Computer Driving Licence. These are:
- Word Processing
- Spreadsheet Software
- Presentation Software
- Improving Productivity Using IT

Q. What training materials are available for ECDL Essentials and Extra?
A. Most of the BCS IT User Qualification units map directly onto the ECDL modules. Details of training materials for ECDL can be found on our website.
 
Some of the courseware also includes training for Unit E of the ECDL Extra.

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About BCS, The Chartered for IT

Knowledge is power. It makes the world move forward. This is especially true of knowledge of the use of technology. It’s the knowledge that powers the future.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, makes technology more accessible to everyone – individuals, organisations, educators and society as a whole.

BCS promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of technology knowhow and practice. Our worldwide membership includes IT practitioners, businesses, academics and learners

As the global awarding body for IT qualifications and certifications we help people, businesses and society at large to improve their skills and knowledge in the field of information technology. We do this by making knowledge measurable according to the benchmark standards we set as the Chartered Institute for IT.

About the BCS ECDL web app

ECDL has changed the lives of millions of people by providing them with a qualification in the use of PC Office products. Many of those who take the course take it as students. It was therefore decided to engage with student members of BCS in the building of this web app.

Jonathan Munson, in his final year at the University of Gloucestershire studying for a degree in multimedia web design, volunteered to develop the ECDL web app during his summer break. Following the design provided by BCS, he developed the app using HTML5 and jQuery Mobile. While the app is mostly self-contained, it includes links to the Find-A-Centre database in order that users can find their local training centres.

The brief was to develop a mobile web app which would run on the majority of smart phones on the market today. Simon Curd, the BCS Website Development Manager said, "I was pleasantly surprised that Jonathan has built the web app to accurately match the design guide we gave to him. He has certainly fulfilled the brief we gave him."

Jonathan Munson is a student member of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. www.jonmunson.co.uk

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