ECDL Core 

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL improves learners’ understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides. The qualification is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.
  • ECDL units

    The seven ECDL units are:

    ECDL Core
    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.
    Helps the learner use a range of basic word processing software tools and techniques to produce appropriate, straightforward or routine documents.
    Enables learners to use a range of basic spreadsheet software tools and techniques to produce spreadsheets.
    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.


    Updates to our qualifications

  • Information for centres

    ECDL LogoQualification Name:

    BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Core)


    QAN (Accreditation Number):

    Qualification Aim:

    This qualification is designed for anyone who is looking to gain knowledge and skills of core IT user skills and software applications to progress their learning in IT, or any subject where basic IT skills are required.

    This qualification covers core IT User skills and applications commonly used in many organisations around the world. 

    Completing this qualification will improve the learner’s basic IT skills and understanding of IT applications.  It will teach them how to use the software efficiently and also teach them how to use a computer confidently and effectively, and encourages problem-solving, creativity and communication.




    Facts and figures
    Accreditation number
    NQF level
    Guided learning hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT)
    LSC funding code n/a
    Accredited for age groups Pre-16, 16-18, 18+
    Percentage to threshold n/a
    Credit value 25


    Who is this qualification appropriate for?

    • Pre 16
    • 16-18
    • 18+
    • NEETS

    Updates to our qualifications


    Facts and figures
    Accreditation number
    QCF level
    Guided learning hours
    LSC funding code50062426
    Accredited for age groupsPre-16, 16-18, 18+
    Percentage to threshold20% towards Level 1 / 2
    QCF credit value16
    Sector skills councile-Skills UK