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 ECDL to best suit your needs from options tutor led through to self-study; see below for the various options available.

With over two million learners having taken ECDL in the UK alone, ECDL/ICDL is an internationally recognised IT qualification and the most widely recognised IT qualification in the workplace.

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

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ECDL foundation certificate improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. 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.

It consists of seven modules, IT Security, Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and access. Find out more about Accredited ECDL Foundation Qualification.

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The European Computer Driving Licence Advanced qualifications are stand-alone qualifications that demonstrate specific skills in particular applications, such Word Processing, Spreadsheets software, Presentation software and Database software. They help to meet employer and work demands as well as help to improve confidence in using IT.

Find out more about Accredited ECDL Advanced Qualifications.

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ECDL improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficiency in using applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and a practice/knowledge based exam on one of the applications covered. Widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

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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