European Computer Driving Licence (ICDL/ECDL)

European Computer Driving Licence (ICDL/ECDL)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ICDL/ECDL) is changing its name to the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)

ICDL/ECDL for Life: Communicate, Connect, Interact. ICDL/ECDL for work: What Employers Want.

The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. Certified computer skills can help the holder's professional life by making them more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal life.

ICDL/ECDL self-study courses starting in September 2021.


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ICDL/ECDL Foundation/Core Certificate (Seven Units)

The ICDL/ECDL Foundation/Core Qualification improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software such as, IT Security, Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.

The course can open up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it offers. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

Find out more about Accredited ICDL/ECDL Foundation Qualification.


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ICDL/ECDL Advanced Qualifications

The ICDL/ECDL Advanced qualifications are stand-alone qualifications that demonstrate specific skills in particular applications, such as Word Processing, Spreadsheet Software and Presentation Software.

These help to meet employer and work demands as well as help to improve confidence in using IT.

Find out more about the Accredited ICDL/ECDL Advanced Qualifications.


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ICDL/ECDL Extra Qualification

The ICDL/ECDL Extra Qualification improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficiency in using applications, such as Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel and a Performance/Knowledge test, (an exam based on one of the passed applications).

Find out more about Accredited ICDL/ECDL Extra Qualification.


As someone that is a bit older than the average student and has had no computer experience over the last 6 years, I found the ECDL really beneficial. It allowed me to refresh myself with the basics and I would particularly recommend it to older students or those that maybe just need a refresher.It is easy to understand and there was always plenty of knowledgeable staff to help with the practical. I believe it was excellent use of my time and will definitely be doing levels 2 and 3 as I progress

Mathew Hancox, ECDL foundation Part 1

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Coventry University are an approved ECDL centre 

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all. The Institute fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing.


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