Information Technology Qualification (ITQ)

Fundamental Computer Skills (ECDL)

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About this course

The brand ECDL (European Computer Driving License) is a version of the ITQ and is a recognised IT programme of basic computer skills for end-users. Outside Europe it is known as the ICDL (International Computer Driving License). Learning the ITQ framework offers their holders the necessary basic IT knowledge for assuming an active role in e-Society and the workplace. When you acquire your new skills, you will increase your chances for finding a better job and you will be able to efficiently use a computer in both your personal and professional life.

Today, computer skills are increasingly important to people in all walks of life. The ITQ / ECDL / ICDL is an information technology course for all citizens. It is intended for those who need to, or wish to know how to use a personal computer. It is suitable for people from every work discipline, for people entering the job market, and for all ages.

The ITQ is a course that can be used in schools as it is equivalent to GCSE as it follows the national curriculum requirement and framework.

Please Note: This will lead to the ITQ exam for ITQ level 1 (GCSE G- D grade) or level 2 (GCSE C to A* grade) in a school frame work.

Boot Camp

As well as offering an online solution with our ITQ, we can also deliver in a Boot Camp. So if you need to get results quickly - give us a call to discuss how we can help you.

Subject Areas Covered

We offer courses covering the syllabus and the ITQ Qualification if needed.


Advanced Microsoft Office Skills

If you are looking for more advanced level skills we have a variety of packages that might fit your needs. Some of the areas which will be covered in our advanced packages are:

  • VBA
  • Macros
  • Linking Office Packages Together
  • Typing and Office based jobs which uses the MS Office suite
  • Advanced Formulas and Database Structures
  • Advanced Conditional Formatting
  • Workplace

In today's workplace, it is important that employees have the ability to use technology efficiently and effectively. Employers expect job applicants to have computer skills prior to being hired, whereas employees with the right skills have the potential to progress further in their careers.

Prove your Skills

Certification proves to your employer or potential employer that you have the skills needed for today's workplace and shows that you have achieved a high-quality and internationally recognised standard. With superior content which is uniquely validated to ensure that they are always relevant, up-to-date and meaningful. Being certified has already helped over 11 million people to demonstrate their skills and gain a competitive advantage in the employment market.

  • Certified Computer Skills:
    • Make applicants more attractive to potential employers
    • Enable employees to be more productive
    • Increase the likelihood of career advancement
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • What Employers Want:
    • Employers know that people with computer skills are more productive. They are more efficient in carrying out tasks that could otherwise be time-consuming. They use technology to communicate more effectively and waste less time troubleshooting IT issues. Employers want employees who are skilled and who will contribute to achieving the goals of the business in the most efficient, effective, and productive manner.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • NHS

Although the NHS had previously used ECDL, they are now moving away to a level 2 qualification such as ITQ level 2 or MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist). Thus enabling staff to achieve a basic standard of IT and is recognised as an important step towards exploiting the full power of the new systems.

Why Do I Need IT Skills?

The NHS Connecting for Health Programme is creating a multi-billion pound information infrastructure for the NHS, which will give healthcare professionals access to patient information safely and easily, whenever and wherever it is needed. Key developments include creating an electronic NHS Care Records Service, providing facilities for the electronic booking of appointments and the electronic transmission of prescriptions.

  • Pre-assessment
    • This is a short informal test to check if you have the essential ‘getting started’ skills needed to start ITQ/ECDL training.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Essentials - Level 1
    • Passing the Essential modules IT Fundamentals, using email and the internet and security for IT users. This is suitable for learners needing to take full advantage of the new IT systems being implemented in the NHS.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Extra - Level 2
    • Having passed the 3 BCS Essential modules, passing a further 5 modules Word Processing, Spreadsheet Software, Presentation Software, Database Software and Improving Productivity Using IT will give you the full ECDL qualification. This can support your professional development and increase your efficiency. Change to After the 3 Essential modules, there are a further 5 modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet Software, Presentation Software, Database Software and Improving Productivity Using IT. If you choose to take the exams, you will become fully certified. This can support your professional development and increase your efficiency.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Syllabus

We offer Superb quality training materials which are also used by international clients including many organisations and leading educational establishments. Used by freelance trainers, schools, colleges, universities, government, hospitals, company training departments and commercial training companies across the world.

ECDL is a brand name and is equivalent to the ITQ Level 1 and ITQ Level 2. Our online training course covers both ITQ Level 1 and ITQ Level 2 with optional exams available.

Level 1 - Essentials

  • IT Security for Users

    This module provides an overview of computer hardware and software, networking, and the use of computers in a number of everyday applications.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • System Performance – Unwanted messages, Malicious programs, Infiltration, Hoaxes.
    • Information Security - Identity / Authentication, Confidentiality, Identify Theft.
    • Technology Security - Networks, Connectivity, Portable Devices.
    • Guidelines and Procedures - Gudelines and procedures, Privacy.
    • Data Security - Security, Backups, Storage.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • IT User Fundamentals

    This module shows learners how to start, shut down, and restart the computer, display system and desktop information and online help, work with icons and windows, organise files and folders, and edit and print data.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Start, shut down, and restart a personal computer
    • Display information about the operating system and the desktop
    • Format a diskette
    • Use application help
    • Move and use icons to start programs
    • Identify the parts of an application window
    • Manage folders and files
    • Edit and print data
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Using Email and the Internet

    This module shows learners how to open a Web browsing application, search for information on the Web, and use electronic mail to send and receive messages. This course describes how to meet European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) objectives using Microsoft Word on a personal computer that uses a Windows operating system. Our ECDL test can be taken with any word processing application, and although this course demonstrates a specific application, the tasks it teaches can be applied to other applications as well.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Open and close a Web browsing application
    • Display a Web page
    • Search the Web for information and navigate among pages
    • Open and close an electronic mail application
    • Create and send a message
    • Use an address book
    • Use a distribution list
    • Receive and save a message
    • Reply to or forward a message
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors

Level 2 - Extra

  • Word Processing

    This course describes how to learn the objectives of using Microsoft Word on a personal computer that uses a Windows operating system. Our course can cover any word processing application, and although this course demonstrates a specific application, the tasks it teaches can be applied to other applications as well.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Using the application – Working with Documents, Enhancing Productivity.
    • Document Creation - Enter Text, Select, Edit
    • Formatting – Text, Paragraphs, Styles.
    • Objects - Table Creation, Table Formatting, Graphical Object.
    • Mail Merge - Preparation, Outputs.
    • Prepare Outputs – Setup, Check and Print.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Spreadsheet Software

    This module shows users how to work with a spreadsheet application to insert and manipulate data. It also shows how to create formulas and functions, format and print a spreadsheet, import objects, and create and adjust charts. Although this course demonstrates a specific application, the tasks it teaches can be applied to other applications as well.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Using the Application – Working with Spreadsheets, Enhancing Productivity.
    • Cells - Insert, Select, Edit, Sort, Copy, Move, Delete.
    • Managing Worksheets – Rows and Columns, Worksheets.
    • Formulas and Functions – Arithmetic Formulas, Functions.
    • Formatting – Numbers/Dates, Contents, Alignment, Border effects.
    • Charts - Create, Edit.
    • Prepare Outputs - Setup, Check and Print.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Presentation Software

    This module shows users how to work with a presentation software to insert and manipulate data. It also shows how to create import objects, create charts, design slideshows, insert pictures, animate objects within a slide. Although this course demonstrates a specific application, the tasks it teaches can be applied to other applications as well.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Using the Application – Working with Spreadsheets, Enhancing Productivity.
    • Developing a Presentation – Presentation Views, Slides, Master Slide.
    • Charts - Using charts, Organisation Charts.
    • Graphical Objects - Insert,Manipulate, Drawing.
    • Prepare Outputs - Setup, Check and Print.
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • Improving Productivity Using IT

    This module will help learners understand some of the main concepts of Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations and how to use Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations on a computer. The learner once the course is completed will be able to create and modify tables, queries, forms, reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution by using a query and the sort tools available in the package provided.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Plan and Select
    • Create Solution
    • Review and adapt
    • Develop and Test
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors
  • (NEW) Database Software

    This module shows users how to work with a Database application to insert and manipulate data. A brand new bonus module added on to cover Microsoft Access 2010 at no extra charge! Get started on this to start understanding the application and familiarising yourself with databases.

    Objectives:

    After completing this course, students will have a understanding of:

    • Create tables
    • Create Objects
    • Retrieve Information
    • Prepare Outputs
    For more information, contact one of our course advisors