This qualification was the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) now renamed (2021) as ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence), there is no change to the course content or level of qualification. It will run for 19 weeks and you will learn new IT skills in four modules:
- Word Processing (L2): How to use a software application designed for the creation, editing and production of largely text based documents.
- Spreadsheet Software (L2): How to use a software application designed to record data in rows and columns, perform calculations with numerical data and present information using charts and graphs.
- Presentation Software (L2): How to use software applications to produce effective presentations which include a combination of media (e.g. images, animation and sound) for education, entertainment or information sharing.
- Improving Productivity using IT (L2): How the use of IT tools and systems can improve productivity and efficiency of work activities in a variety of contexts.
A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research, individual research and project work. You will also work through activity sheets and online resources designed to support the development of skills in each of the modules.
Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills.
If you have chosen to study this course online then you will need to have: a PC or laptop (a smart phone or tablet is not sufficient) reliable internet access, a camera and microphone. Your PC/laptop needs to have one of the following operating systems: Windows 10 or Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.14+ and in addition, 3GB RAM and 3 GB freespace HDD (as a minimum).
Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. To support this, you will undertake some e-learning modules, where appropriate, as homework.
Achievement at Level 2 reflects the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills and procedures to complete well-defined tasks and address straightforward problems. It includes taking responsibility for completing tasks and procedures and exercising autonomy and judgement subject to overall direction or guidance.
This is a course leading to a qualification. This course is paid for by public funding and you will be required to complete all the necessary coursework/assignments by the give deadlines.
Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within this academic year, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee.
For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to www.bcs.org.
What learners say about our courses:
My tutor was thoughtful and understanding and allowed me to learn in my own time, which gave me confidence to use my computer skills outside of work.
I was nervous about the exams after a number of years without sitting any tests, but I needn't have worried. The tutor had taught me well, I felt confident and I passed all of the tests first time.