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ECDL Level 1

New units at level one ECDL Essentials

Content for the IT User Fundamentals and Using Email and the Internet units has been updated as part of BCS's New ECDL program

all units carry 3 credits at Level 1

This includes

This unit examines the main concepts of ICT, understanding the concept of file management through the organisation of documents in files and folders.


The test is made up of approximatley 60% knowledge based tested through multiple choice questions and 40% performance through a range of activiites in file managment.

What will you learn

  • how to use your windows operating system
  • the control panel
  • adjust settings for e.g. display larger text, change colours etc
  • organise your files, creating, naming, deleting folders
  • creating documents, editing  and moving to folders.
  • using subfolders
  • extracting and compressing files 
  • making shortcuts
  • using antivirus software
  • understanding the legalities that  apply to ICT users
  • Health and Safety
  • backing up your files




IT Security for user is as it name implies about security when using IT systems.  This is a Level 1 unit and the test is knowledge based.  The exam is usually made up of  up of 32  to 34 multiple choice questions.


You need to be able to-

  •  Identify everyday security threats that may affect your access to IT, )  identify viruses and carry out checks, for eg( a trojan horse)


  •  Protect your IT systems:-

                           making backups

                           using secure sites

                           checking site authenticity

                           keeping your information secure

  •  Undestand the legalities by keeping up-to-date with guidleines and laws for using IT


You will never be able to totally secure any IT system but you can do a lot to minimise risk

This level 1 qualification gives a basic introduction to accessing the internet and using the email functions.  The test is made up of 50% knowledge based and 50% performance.



Knowledge tested by answering  multiple choice questions

You will be able to:-

  • understand how to access the World Wide Web
  • search for specific information
  • access different web browsers, change web-browser settings
  • stay safe online
  • understand the security implications when online
  • identify and recognise threats from spam emails for example
  • be aware of the laws and guidelines
  • use bookmarks and favourites
  • be aware of other internet tools such as mobile phone, tablet computer, laptop, scanner etc
  • understand other online communications such as; twitter, facebook, MSN


Performance based on emailing


you will compose messages, send and receive emails, use the cc, bcc, reply, forward and add attachments.

This level 1 qualification
gives an introduction to using basic word processing functions. 

What will you learn?

How to:

  • access the Word application, open new documents
  • format text
  • insert/delete/copy/resize and group images
  • save documents, RTF/Text
  • add/amend  tables- insert/delete rows/columns
  • add headers/footers/page breaks
  • use page setup

You have 45 minutes to complete the exam.  The test is made up of 30 tasks which includes  4/5 knowledge based multiple choice questions and  a scenario type task which will require you to amend/create a document. You will be given all the files needed on your learner drive.

You will learn how to:- 

  • recognise the elements of a spreadsheet, cells, sheet names, columns, rows, formula/bar, name box
  • Open up Excel-  start a new spreadsheet/worksheet
  • format, add and delete data,
  • save sheet
  • use formula and functions
  • add and amend functions- including sum, average, max, min
  • use absolute cell references
  • add headers/footers
  • use page set-up functions, change  margins/orientation
  • use find and replace function
  • create and amend charts/graphs,
  • print spreadshee/chart

Test 30 questions, 45 minutes to complete test, 8-10 knowledge based multiple choice type, the rest performance based.

Improving Productivity       BCS/ECDL    L1

This unit gives the candidate a workbased scenario where they have to choose the application that is most appropriate to the task.  You may be asked to create a presentation, or an administrative task where either spreadsheets, word processing, internet/emailing may be the most appropriate source.

  • Application choice
  • Planning
  • what factors need to be considered
  • what are the constraints
  • Implement  solutions
  • Create templates
  • Create macros
  • Create and use shortcuts
  • Review Techniques
  • Analyse information and make decisions
  • Review Outcomes
  • Implement Improvements
  •  Review Benefits
  • Develop Solutions
  • Test Solution

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