ECDL Explained

The course is known as ‘The ECDL’ (Europe Computer Driving Licence) and is the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries, with many UK companies setting the ECDL as a mandatory requirement, such as the NHS and the Police Service of Northern IrelandThe ECDL is designed for novices and casual computer users. Therefore, it offers students key recognition for their natural literacy in computer skills.   

ECDL is the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe.   The qualifications equip students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning.  This academic year, we have invited groups of Year 11 students to out of hours’ sessions during half terms and Saturdays to avoid impacting their normal timetable studies.

There are 4 tests to complete;

  • 1) Word Processing (Microsoft Word)
  • 2) Presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • 3) Spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel)
  • 4) Improving Productivity (A combination of the above)


Preparing our current year 11 students for the ECDL qualification

  • An ICT club runs every Monday and Friday lunchtime to support our students for their ICT exams.
  • Students have been guided to independently revise from the Teach-ICT website to watch tutorials videos on how to use Microsoft suite;


Microsoft PowerPoint


Microsoft Excel


Microsoft Word