ECDL Level 1 (Digital Literacy) - BCS


ECDL programmes are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Each ECDL module provides a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test.

Who is this course for?

This Level 1 Qualification is for individuals who have little or no experience in using a computer
ECDL certification programmes can help individuals communicate, connect, and interact with friends and family, and also enables them to access a wide range of information and services that can simplify their life and save time. Certification provides objective verification of your skills and demonstrates that you have achieved a recognised standard. Certification offers the following benefits:
• Provides proof of your skills
• Demonstrates competency to potential or current employers
• Defines the skills and knowledge that you need and measures the training quality
• Increases your confidence through achievement of a recognised standard

Unit content

Module 1 – Introduction to Computing
• Understand what hardware is, know about factors that affect computer performance and know about peripheral devices.
• Understand what software is and give examples of common applications software and operating system software.
• Understand how information networks are used within computing, and be aware of the different options to connect to the Internet.
• Understand what Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is and give examples of its practical applications in everyday life.
• Understand health and safety and environmental issues in relation to using computers.
• Recognise important security issues associated with using computers.
• Recognise important legal issues in relation to copyright and data protection associated with using computers


Module 2 – File Management
• Use the main features of the operating system including adjusting the main computer settings and using built-in help features.
• Operate effectively around the computer desktop and work effectively in a graphical user environment.
• Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders so that they are easy to identify and find.
• Use utility software to compress and extract large files and use anti-virus software to protect against computer viruses.
• Demonstrate the ability to use simple text editing and print tools available within the operating system.

Module 3 – Word Processing
• Work with documents and save them in different file formats.
• Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity.
• Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute.
• Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognise good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
• Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents.
• Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
• Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents.
Module 7 – Information & Communication
• Understand what the Internet is and common terms associated with it. Be aware of some security considerations when using the Internet.
• Accomplish everyday web browsing tasks including changing browser settings.
• Search for information and complete and submit web-based forms.
• Save web pages and download files from the web. Copy web content into a document.
• Understand what e-mail is and know some advantages and disadvantages of its use. Be aware of other communication options.
• Be aware of network etiquette and security considerations when using e-mail.
• Create, spell check and send e-mail. Reply to and forward e-mail, handle file attachments and print an e-mail.
• Be aware of ways to enhance productivity when working with e-mail software. Organise and manage e-mail.

Course duration

People usually take training on each module prior to taking the test, although training is not compulsory. Some candidates may feel competent enough in one area to forego training and move directly to testing, whereas others may require full training before testing. The amount of training needed will depend on the candidate’s existing skills levels prior to commencing training and the type of training - for example, instructor-led or e-learning. Typically the average training time for those without prior experience is approximately 30 hours per module. TDB Training offer a flexible approach to ECDL training