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ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognised qualification.  Queen's University is an accredited ECDL test centre, operated by the IT Training and Assessment Unit, and offers ECDL and ECDL Advanced to current staff and students. Accreditation in the UK is by the British Computer Society.

Candidates already registered with the Queen's ECDL Test Centre may book their place at an ECDL Test Session (do this via the ECDL Candidates' site - http://go.qub.ac.uk/ecdlcandidates Please note: 1) log in as you would to QOL and 2) you can only book tests up to a maximum of 12 days in advance.

ECDL consists of 7 modules. The ECDL syllabus for each module is available to download in a pdf file as follows:

Module 1: IT Security for Users
Module 2: Using the Computer and Managing Files/IT User Fundamentals
Module 3: Word Processing
Module 4: Spreadsheets
Module 5: Database
Module 6: Presentation
Module 7: Using the Internet and Email

To express your interest email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. You will then be sent information inviting you to register and pay.

Testing is via software called EnlightKS. Once registered with the British Computer Society you are given access to the EnlightKS system plus study materials. EnlightKS offers diagnostic testing with feedback, to help you prepare for the tests.

Test sessions are held during working hours; twice a month during semester and once a month during the summer months; in The McClay Library

Cost: £110 Register your interest: ecdl@qub.ac.uk

Preparing for ECDL: This is a self-study approach.  Computer based training materials are available for each module and you get access to a diagnostic test to help you check your test preparedness for each module.

Test sessions: During test sessions, you may complete a test and/or a diagnostic test.  Support is provided if necessary during diagnostic tests.  Each test lasts 45 minutes.

Estimated hours of study: Total preparations and testing time for completion of ECDL is 140 hours for a complete beginner, however, the majority of candidates complete in less time. 

Time to Complete ECDL: You have 3 years to complete the ECDL from the date of successfully completing your first test (and while still a student at Queen's).

Degree Plus: As a student at Queen's your ECDL accreditation will entitle you to the Degree Plus award (see http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/degreeplus/). 

Postgraduate Research Students can record successful ECDL completion on their training and development record via Qsis - please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/prdp. for more information.

Cost: ECDL testing costs £110 but staff or their school/department pay £40, with the remainder being paid by Staff Training and Development Unit and Information Services. Register your interestecdl@qub.ac.uk

Preparing for ECDL: A number of our training courses (Excel 1, ECDL Database 1 and 2) map onto the curriculum. Once enrolled, materials will be made available via a SharePoint site and for each module you can request a diagnostic test to help you check your test preparedness.

Test sessions: During test sessions, you may complete a test and/or a diagnostic test.  Support is provided if necessary during diagnostic tests.  Each test lasts 45 minutes.

Time to Complete ECDL: You have 3 years to complete the ECDL from the date of successfully completing your first test.

There are 4 ECDL Advanced modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database and Presentations. A certificate is awarded on the successful completion of each module, although it is not necessary to complete all modules. To register your interest contact ecdl@qub.ac.uk The ECDL syllabus for each module is available to download in a pdf file as follows

Module AM3: Word Processing syllabus
Module AM4: Spreadsheets syllabus
Module AM5: Database syllabus
Module AM6: Presentations

Each modular test costs £35.  A resit costs £10. Staff candidates are subsidised to take ECDL Advanced.

Preparing for ECDL Advanced: Once enrolled, materials will be made available via a SharePoint site. Staff and PGR students may enrol separately for the various advanced word processing, spreadsheet and PowerPoint courses (Access materials are available on request).  

If you are working towards the Degree Plus Award, your ECDL accreditation will be formally recognised as one of your achievements.

Postgraduate Research Students can record successful ECDL completion on their training and development record via Qsis - please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/prdp for more information.

Candidates who successfully complete all 4 modules can apply to the British Computer Society for Associate membership (with the entitlement of the post-nominals, AMBS). To find out about BCS membership details and benefits go to http://www.bcs.org/category/5653