European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL can enable you to develop your skills, enhance your career prospects and achieve a benchmark IT qualification. We offer a number of courses in our ECDL to best suit your needs, see below for the qualifications available.

ECDL is highly regarded around the world and is seen by employers as a benchmark in IT user competence.

Tried, tested and trusted, ECDL qualifications have been delivered to over 15 million people, in 171 countries.

ECDL Courses have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.


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ECDL Foundation/Core Certificate (Seven Units)

The 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.

IThe 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 ECDL Foundation Qualification.


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ECDL Advanced Qualifications

The European Computer Driving Licence 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 ECDL Advanced Qualifications.


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ECDL Extra Qualification

The 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 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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