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ECDL (7 Unit)

ECDL (7 unit)

  • IT user fundamentals    Builds the learner’s confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start-up to productive use and basic computer housekeeping.

  • Using email and the internet    Helps the learner understand how to use internet and email in a safe and secure way, explaining key terms and developing fundamental knowledge of computer security.


  • Security for IT users    Provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting their own data as well as that of other users.

  • Word processing    Helps the learner use a range of basic word processing software tools and techniques to produce appropriate, straightforward or routine documents.


  • Spreadsheet software    Enables learners to use a range of basic spreadsheet software tools and techniques to produce spreadsheets.


  • Presentation software    Provides the skills to use a range of basic presentation software tools. Learners will be able to create text based or diagram based slide shows and lecture notes


  • Database software    Introduces learners to basic database software tools, enabling them to enter information, set up single tables and retrieve information by running database queries.



ECDL maps to the international ECDL syllabus, with the exception of Security for IT users, which has been designed to meet UK standards.

This includes

What you need to know for ECDL tests in Spreadsheets L2

Screen Layout

  • Open up Excel-  start a new spreadshseet/worksheet
  • Format data
  • Edit cells
  • Basic Formulas
  • Add and amend functions- including sum, average, max, min, count, counta and round
  • Use absolute cell references
  • Use  if statements
  • Saving, opening and closing workbooks
  • Saving in various formats
  • manipulating sheets
  • Using multiple workbooks and sheets
  • Inserting/deleting rows and columns
  • page setup
  • sorting data
  • Create and amend charts/graphs, e.g. add data labels, add/change chart name
  • Copy worksheets, rename, delete
  • print spreadsheet

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    What will YOU learn?  How to;


    Create a simple database, view in table and design format

    Create a table, rearrange data within a table, enter and edit data

    Sort and filter forms

    Run queries on forms, tables

    Create a new form, use the wizard

    Edit and enter data on form

    Modify and delete records

    Create reports, amend and edit data on report

    What you need to know for ECDL L2  in Word Processing:-

    •    Screen layout
    •     Menus, toolbars and the task pane
    •     Help
    •     Access the Word application, open new documents
    •     Editing and formatting text
    •     Change style
    •     Use format painter
    •     Insert/delete/copy images
    •     Alignment, indentation and spacing
    •     Mailmerge documents
    •     Save, open and close documents
    •     Save in different formats-RTF/Text
    •     Insert symbols
    •     Add/amend  tables- insert/delete rows/columns
    •     Set and clear tab stops
    •     Add headers/footers
    •     Cut, copy and paste
    •     Search and replace text
    •     Document setup
    •     Insert headers, footers and page numbers

    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


    You will learn how to:-

    •    Open up Power point application

    •   save,open and close files

    •   set up a presentation

     •    add, copy, amend and move  slides
    •    Use formatting functions

    •    Use header and footer

    •    Amend table, delete/add  columns/rows

    •    use the slide master

    •    add animation

    •    set up a slide show


    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.


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