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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT. Learn more about the ECDL units.
ECDL Foundation, (seven units)
You can receive an ECDL Start Certificate for the following four modules (on request):
Security for IT Users
The security for IT users unit provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting their own data as well as that of other users.
IT User Fundamentals
IT user fundamentals builds the learner’s confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start-up, to productive use and basic computer housekeeping.
Using Email and the Internet
This unit helps the learner understand how to use internet and email in a safe and secure way. It explains key terms and builds knowledge of the fundamentals of computer security and use of the internet and email.
This unit develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, and using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish. The learner will also understand how to work more effectively using tools such as the spellchecker and mail merge.
This ECDL unit helps learners to develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, through to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.
The presentation software unit introduces the learner to this important means of business communication. Upon completion, learners will be capable of producing high-quality presentations using a variety of tools, including charts, graphs and drawn objects.
This unit enables learners to understand some of the main concepts of databases and demonstrate the ability to use a database application. This includes creating and modifying tables, queries, forms, reports, and preparing outputs ready for distribution, as well as learning to relate tables and retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools.
How will this course be taught
Part 1 - Fridays 14:00-16:00 (September – December) in ECG15
Week 1 (27th Sept 2019): Introduction - Collect registration details for BCS registration. ID must be provided in this session. Introduction to the modules covered in Part One of the qualification. Introduction to the systems that we use with ECDL Foundation, training materials and the testing system. Using materials with downloaded practice work files. Demonstrating and accessing the practice papers, guides etc.
Week 2 (4th Oct 2019) Module 1 - IT Security
Week 3 (11th Oct 2019) Module 1 - IT Security Practice
Week 4 (18th Oct 2019) Module 1 - IT Security - Set test
Week 5 (25th Oct 2019) Module 2 - Computer Essentials
Week 6 (1st Nov 2019) Module 2 - Computer Essentials - Set test
Week 7 (8th Nov 2019) Module 3 - Word Processing
Week 8 (15th Nov 2019) Module 3 - Word Processing - Set test
Week 9 (22nd Nov 2019) Module 7 - Online Essentials
Week 10 (29th Nov 2019) Module 7- Online Essentials - Set test
Week 11 (6th Dec 2019) - Optional session to catch up on any outstanding modules.
Part 2 – Tuesday 16:00-18:00 (January – April) in ECG14
Week 1 (28th Jan 2020): Introduction to the modules covered in Part Two of qualification. Introduction to the systems that we use with ECDL Foundation, training materials and the testing system. Using materials with downloaded practice work files.
Demonstrating and accessing the practice papers, guides etc.
Week 2 (4th Feb 2020): Module 6 - Presentation
Week 3 (11th Feb 2020) :Module 6 - Presentation - Practice
Week 4 (18th Feb 2020) :Module 6 – Presentation - Set test
Week 5 (25th Feb 2020) :Module 4 - Spreadsheets
Week 6 (3rd March 2020) :Module 4 - Spreadsheets - Practice
Week 7 (10th March 2020) :Module 4 – Spreadsheets - Set test
Week 8 (17th March 2020) :Module 5 - Databases Lecture 1
Week 9 (24th March 2020) :Module 5 Databases Lecture 2
Week 10 (31st March 2020) :Module 5 – Database - Set test
Week 11 (7th April 2020): Optional session to catch up on any outstanding modules.
Cost: £700.00 in total
External/Staff learners can take the tests when they are ready through our weekly Wednesday afternoon testing 16:00-18:00.
These courses are quite fast moving in pace but the materials and teaching cover the entire syllabus from scratch. Basic IT skills are necessary to be able to keep up.
To pass the full ECDL Foundation module, you must take a 45 minute test for each of the seven ECDL modules.
This automated test system will give you instant results. The pass mark is 75% or more on each module to achieve the qualification.