ECDL Advanced 

ECDL Advanced allows learners to develop their existing skills and expertise to support workplace demands. ECDL Advanced is accredited on both the QCF (England and Wales) and SCQF (Scotland) framework.
  • The units

    ECDL Advanced units
    Word processing Examines the advanced features of word processing applications enabling learners to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time.
    Spreadsheet software Helps the learner develop their spreadsheet skills to expert level and realise the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information.
    Presentation software A vital unit for learners who want to use advanced features to create high-impact presentations, and demonstrate expert presentation skills.
    Database software Helps the learner to get more from database applications, by using the many advanced tools available to better organise and manage information.
    Improving productivity using IT Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

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  • Information for centres

    ECDL LogoQualification Name:

    BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced)


    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 Advanced is a fixed combination qualification, which builds on existing knowledge of key software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. The achievement can be used as credit transfer towards a flexible level 3 ITQ diploma.


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    Facts and figures
    Accreditation number
    NQF level
    Guided learning hours 220
    Total Qualification Time (TQT)
    LSC funding code 50062438
    Accredited for age groups 16-18, 18+
    Percentage to threshold 40% towards Level 1 / 2
    25% towards Level 3
    Credit value 29
    Qualification renewal date  
    UCAS Tariff 24


    Unit titles:

    Mandatory units

    • Database software
    • Improving productivity using IT
    • Presentation software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software



    Manual or automated testing options are available.


    Who is this qualification appropriate for?

    • 16-18
    • 18+
    • NEETs

    Updates to our qualifications