What does the ECDL qualification cover?
The ECDL covers 7 different modules and enables successful candidates to prove that they have an introductory level understanding of a wide range of computer software and computing issues.
Because of the way the qualification is structured it is suitable for candidates who are just beginning to use computers and want a formal introduction to the most common software available or people who have been using computers for some timebut do not already have an IT qualification.
The ECDL is awarded after passing a test in each of the following 7 Modules:
- Module 1 IT Security For Users
- Module 2 Using the computer and managing files / IT User Fundamentals
- Module 3 Word processing
- Module 4 Spreadsheets
- Module 5 Databases
- Module 6 Presentations
- Module 7 Web Browsing and Communication / Using the Internet and Email
Each test lasts for 45 minutes and you have up to 3 years to pass all 7 modules.
Testing is available throughout the year and you book yourself in for a test when you feel confident about passing. (note: You can resit tests if you don't pass.) This means that, at Strathclyde, it can take as little as 8 weeks to get your ECDL or you can take the full 3 years - it's up to you!
As part of the staff and postgraduate students IT training programme, Information Services provides ECDL test support sessions that covers all the skills you need to pass your ECDL and provides support through skills assessment and mock tests.
For more information about what each module covers visit the official UK ECDL web site