European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Essentials IT User Skills (ITQ) Level 1

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ECDL Essentials Level 1 is ideal for computer beginners and provides a foundation to progress on to ECDL Extra Level 2.

Course Information

ECDL is recognised by employers across the globe as the benchmark in digital and IT skills. This course is an excellent introduction to the world of technology, covering content for beginners including getting started on a computer, emailing and the internet. This programme has a particular focus on how they are used safely and productively.

The course will run over 10 weeks and will be around 6 hours per week in the daytime or evening. Please enquire for specific details by emailing

Start date: 28/09/20 and 11/01/21

Assessment types: Online assessments and exams.


Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over who are beginners with computers and digital skills.

Units / Modules

  • IT User Fundamentals
  • Using Email and the Internet
  • IT Security for Users

Benefits / Skills

  • ECDL is the world’s number one IT user qualification with over 15 million programmes delivered worldwide.
  • This course will help you grow in confidence and unlock the full potential of your computer.
  • Skills you will gain during this programme are widely used in the workplace and you will gain competency around efficient computer skills.
  • This programme is mainly delivered online and can be completed at home with regular formal contact with your tutor twice per week.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but it is expected that you will complete an initial assessment to ascertain which level of course is suitable for you.

Career Progression

Progression may include ECDL Level 2 Extra short course, including modules such as word processing, spreadsheets and improving IT productivity, all of which are key employability skills.

Progression may also include IT User City & Guilds Level 2 short course, including modules that build on your ECDL Essential Level 1 knowledge of improving productivity, setting up an IT system and IT security.

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10 weeks (6 hours per week)

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Part time

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No fee

School of Digital & IT
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