European Computer Driving Licence
The Level 2 ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Certificate in IT Application Skills is the “industry-standard” ICT qualification from British Computer Society (BCS), equipping students with the digital literacy skills they will need as they progress further in education and employment. It teaches students how to use a computer confidently and effectively, building a more productive, efficient learner and encouraging problem solving, creativity and communication.
ECDL is taught in specialist computing facilities by a dedicated member of staff.
The qualification is made up of 4 units:
1. Word Processing
- Enter and combine text and other information accurately within word processing documents
- Create and modify layout and structure for word processing documents
- Use word processing software tools to format and present documents effectively to meet requirements
2. Spreadsheet Software
- Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
- Select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools to meet requirements
- Select and use tools and techniques to present and format spreadsheet information
3. Presentation Software
- Input and combine text and other information within presentation slides
- Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slide sequences
- Prepare slideshow for presentation
4. Improving Productivity Using IT
- Plan, select and use appropriate IT system and software for different purposes
- Review and adapt the ongoing use of IT tools and systems to make sure that activities are successful
- Develop and test solutions to improve the ongoing use of IT tools and systems
The qualification is assessed entirely online. Students need to complete four online exams for each of the units stated above. In order to gain the qualification students must pass all four online exams
- To achieve a ‘Pass’, students must obtain an overall mark of 70% or above
- To achieve a ‘Merit’, students must obtain an overall mark of 75% or above
- To achieve a ‘Distinction’, students must obtain an overall mark of 80% or above
- To achieve a ‘Distinction*’, students must obtain an overall mark of 85% or above
The qualification will be determined by the average score across all units within the qualification.
The European Computer Driving Licence is equivalent to 1 GCSE and is recommended if you wish to study an IT qualification at Level 3.