European Computer Driving Licence ECDL

What is special about this course?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) certificated by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users.  ECDL improves learners' understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software.

Entry requirements

You should be an experienced user of all elements of Microsoft Office or have completed Information and Communication Technology Level 5.

The course is made up of seven modules, each of which is assessed by a test:

Using Email and the Internet: This unit helps you to understand how to use the internet and email in a safe and secure way.  It builds a knowledge of the fundamentals of computer security, and how to start browsing the internet and using email.

Security for IT Users: An essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting your data and that of other users.

IT User Fundamentals: Builds your confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start up to productive use and basic computer house-keeping.

Word Processing: Develops your ability to create word-processed documents, entering text, editing and formatting work and using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish.  You'll also understand how to work more effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.

Spreadsheet Software: Develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets from entering data and formatting worksheets through to creating charts and producing high quality documents.

Database Software: Understand some of the main concepts of databases and enable you to use a database application including creating and modifying tables, queries, forms and reports, and preparing outputs ready for distribution, as well as learning to relate tables and to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools.

Presentation Software: You'll be capable of producing high quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Flexible

How long will my course last?

18 Months

Up to 18 months

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides and is widely recognised by employers are proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

Is there more information available online?

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