ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) 2016 SCQF Level 5

Prove your competence and abilities when it comes to working with IT.


Why take this course?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users, and is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.   It is a benchmark qualification in computing, and the essential IT skills you will develop will help to boost your confidence and efficiency - they may even help you to get a new job. To gain the ECDL qualification, you must pass 7 tests, which may be taken in any order. The seven tests cover the seven modules of the ECDL Syllabus. These are administered throughout Europe by accredited Test Centres, and each test takes 45 minutes. North East College College has been approved by the BCS as an Accredited Test Centre.

The ECDL modules offer invaluable and transferable skills for individuals seeking employment, or advancement in posts where office IT skills are required. Over the last few yew years, ECDL has been the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries, and is renowned as one of the most cost effective ways for businesses to develop and accredit computer skills in their workforce.  For more detailed information of the syllabus, including the aims and objectives of each module, please refer to the ECDL Website.

What you will experience

The ECDL is a Level 2 qualification (QCF) - roughly equivalent to Level 5 in Scotland (SCQF).  With Office 2016 and Windows 7 training comes a whole new user interface and its appearance carries a sleek and modern look and feel, helping you to work more efficiently and effectively with a new set of powerful tools for creating, managing, analyzing, and sharing information. This course has been specifically designed to cover the key concepts of computing, as well as the practical use of the latest office PC applications. It will improve your understanding of computers whilst promoting efficient use of software, and is broken down into these seven modules:

  • Using the Computer and Managing Files
  • Word Processing (Using MS Word)
  • Spreadsheets (Using MS Excel)
  • Using Databases (Using MS Access)
  • Presentation(Using MS PowerPoint)
  • Web Browsing and Communication (Using e-mails and the Internet etc)
  • IT Security

A test for each module must be passed to achieve the certificate. The course fees cover the cost of one attempt at each of the seven assessments, which must be taken at the College's Assessment Centre.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

ECDL is open to anyone - regardless of age, education, experience or background. You must have basic computer skills however, so the course is not suitable for complete beginners.

What you will need

All students are assigned a login to Microsoft Office 365 which includes online access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2016 at no extra cost. Microsoft Access is available at the College Libraries and Digital Skills Spaces.

What you need to know

Additional costs

New candidates are required to pay £30 for British Computer Society (BCS) registration at least 5 working days before they attend for the first test. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or card at the Assessment Centre Office, Room LG10, Tower Block, Aberdeen City Campus or debit/credit card payments can be made by telephoning (01224) 612237. This is not covered by the College Fee Waiver.

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.


A test for each module must be passed to achieve the certificate. The course fees cover the cost of one attempt at each of the assessments, which must be taken at the College's Assessment Centre.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

ECDL is a qualification in information and communication technology skills, which is recognised throughout Europe, and is supported and approved by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS).  After successful completion of all seven modules, your test centre will contact the BCS, who will then send you a certificate for the European Computer Driving Licence.



This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Will Sinclair, ICT and Quality Co-ordinator, by email: or by telephone: 01224 612007.

Duration Fees Code
80 Hours over 1 Year £195.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.