IT User Skills Certificate (ECDL) Level 1

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The ECDL qualification is nationally recognised. It is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. The Level 1 Award is made up of 3 units, covering word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. The ECDL qualifications are widely used in the workplace as proof of competent and efficient computer skills

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but learners will require a reasonable standard of English and maths and a basic understanding of using a computer. A desire to succeed and commitment to the course is expected.

Students must be aged 19+.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for those wishing to develop IT skills as part of their professional development or to enhance employment opportunities.

What will I study?

  • Word processing – Helps you use a range of basic word processing software tools and techniques to produce appropriate, straightforward or routine documents.
  • Spreadsheet software – Enables you to use a range of basic spreadsheet software tools and techniques to produce spreadsheets.
  • Presentation software – Provides the skills to use a range of basic presentation software tools. You will be able to create text based or diagram based slide shows and lecture notes.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of each module you, will be assessed with an on-line exam.


5 hours per week for 12 weeks

Next Steps

Following successful completion of the course students can progress onto further IT qualifications.