ECDL: Essentials Award in IT User Skills 2016

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Ellon Learning Centre, Inverurie Learning Centre, Macduff Learning Centre


This BCS course introduces you to core IT user skills and applications used in many businesses around the world. Please note that ECDL has been split into two separate levels, ECDL Essentials and ECDL Core, to make it more achievable.

The qualification is designed to give you a beginners overview of using computers, including internet and email. The course is useful if:

You want to develop a basic understanding of using IT systems;
You are considering further learning in IT or a subject where basic IT skills are required;
You are employed and want to prove to your employer that you can use IT systems safely and efficiently; You are employed and want to develop your existing skills for career progression;
You are unemployed and would like to develop your IT user skills to help improve your prospects of getting a job; You are looking for formal recognition of your IT skills and knowledge; You want to prove your competence with a certificate from a leading professional body for IT.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. All students are assigned a login to Microsoft 365 which includes online access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2016at no extra cost. Microsoft Access is available in the College Libraries.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)
Part time (evening)

Course Length

6 months



SCQF Level




Career Area

Computing and ICT

Career Sectors

Computer Skills

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