The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL Core) is an internationally recognised IT qualification designed to give learners the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively. The aim of this official ECDL online course is to help to improve your understanding and efficient use of computers.
The online ECDL course can also open up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides. More information on courses that can expand your IT skills can be found on our Information Technology courses page, or alternatively, take a look at our post on refreshing your IT Skills.
The ECDL qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT. This ECDL online course is designed for any novice and intermediate computer users, assumes no prior expertise, and offers a flexible working programme. As the world's leading computer skills certification, more than 14 million people have engaged with the ECDL programme in over 100 countries.
The ECDL qualification is taken from the ITQ (IT User Qualification) framework, which encourage learners to choose from a wide range of units at different levels but this course covers the ECDL Core Specification (Ofqual Qualification No. 601/8240/4) which consists of 7 separate units.
Alternative Course Option: IT Essentials - Level 2 (RQF) Course
Please Note: The ECDL Online Course is a theory-based course without assessment. We highly recommend that learners consider the IT Essentials - Level 2 (RQF) Course as an alternative to the ECDL Online Course.
The IT Essentials Course is designed for the latest Windows 10 and Office 2019/365 software and covers the exact same subjects as the ECDL Core Online Course with the additional unit on Productivity in IT also included, so it can still be used by learners preparing for either the ECDL Core, ECDL Essentials or ECDL Extra exams. It is also assignment based, so it gives learners a practical knowledge of working on files and documents and includes full tutor support by email.
The IT Essentials course can also lead to the IT User Skills Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 32 credits which can be gained through the submission of coursework, but for learners who only want to cover the content without sitting the exams or paying any additional testing or qualification fees, we also supply a certificate of completion.
ECDL Testing: Any learner wanting to complete their ECDL tests will need to arrange this through an ECDL testing centre and there is a fee for the BCS registration and each ECDL test that you complete. Each testing centre sets their own prices so we advise researching testing centres and the associated costs prior to enrolling on any distance learning course.