ECDL Essentials 

ECDL Essentials is an excellent introduction to the world of technology. The units cover getting started on a computer, email and the internet, with a particular focus on how they are used safely and productively. ECDL Essentials is accredited on both the QCF (England and Wales) and SCQF (Scotland) framework.
  • The units

    ECDL Essentials units
    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.

    Content for the IT User Fundamentals and Using Email and the Internet units has been updated as part of our New ECDL programme.

    Updates to our qualifications

  • Information for centres

    ECDL LogoQualification Name:

    BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ECDL Essentials)


    QAN (Accreditation Number):

    Qualification Aim:
    The aim of this qualification is to recognise the application of a range of IT user skills and knowledge in the workplace, meeting employer workforce demands.

    ECDL Essentials is a fixed combination, focusing on improving a learner’s understanding of computers by covering the fundamentals of IT, security and using email and the internet. This achievement can be used towards a flexible level 1 certificate or towards higher level qualifications such as a level 2 certificate or diploma.




    Facts and figures
    Accreditation number
    NQF level
    Guided learning hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT)
    LSC funding code 50062268
    Accredited for age groups Pre-16, 16-18, 18+
    Percentage to threshold 10% towards Level 1
    Credit value 9
    Qualification renewal date   


    Unit titles:

    Mandatory units

    • Using email*
    • Using the internet*
    • IT security for users
    • IT user fundamentals
    *The BCS ITQ combines Using email and Using the internet into a single test, covering the content of both ITQ units.



    Manual or automated testing options are available.


    Who is this qualification appropriate for?

    • Pre-16
    • 16-18
    • 18+
    • NEETs
    • On FL catalogue
    • ALR funding available

    Updates to our qualifications