IT User Skills - Level 2 Award (ECDL)


About the course

ECDL is the world's number one IT user qualification and is recognised by employers in the UK and all over the globe as a benchmark for IT competence. Gaining this qualification will improve your employment prospects and allow you to prove your IT skills if you are looking for a job or promotion at work. The course is a full level 2 qualification and is comprised of four units. You will need to pass all four units to be awarded the BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra). You will gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the three main Microsoft applications required in the workplace - Word, Excel and PowerPoint – as well as improve your productivity through IT use.

ECDL Level 2 is made up of 4 modules.

Word processing software. You will focus on the use of Word to: 

  • create documents
  • manipulate and format text
  • insert and manipulate images within a document
  • import objects and graphics
  • use mail merge tools
  • create, manipulate and format tables
  • preview and print documents

Spreadsheet software. You will focus on Excel to:

  • understand the basic concepts of spreadsheets
  • create a spreadsheet
  • insert and format data
  • create, format and adjust charts
  • create formulae and functions and copy them to other cells
  • apply settings for printing

Presentation software. You will focus on PowerPoint to: 

  • create, format, modify and prepare presentations using different slide layouts using PowerPoint
  • duplicate and move text, images, charts
  • create and modify organisational charts
  • apply slide transitions and animation effects
  • apply slide designs using presets and templates
  • apply various print options

Improving productivity using IT. You will develop your skills to:

  • plan, evaluate and improve procedures involving the use of IT tools and systems in order to improve the productivity and efficiency of work activities

The course includes ongoing assessment and may include a final portfolio or exam.

After completing this course, student can progress to study IT at a higher level or pursue a range of courses in the sciences, humanities and media.  Possible courses at the centre for lifelong learning professional services department include Accounting and Business Skills Level 1, Award in Using Accounting Software Level 1, Access Award in Bookkeeping Level 1 and Award in IAB Payroll Level 1.

Course information

Start date
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04 February 2020

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Course level
Level 2
Course code
Start date
End date
18 Weeks
This course runs on Tuesdays from 10am to 3:45pm
Business, Arts and Technology
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
School Leavers

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

£225.00 per year
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£450.00 per year
£40.00 per year
Fully Funded
£40.00 per year

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