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BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ICDL Advanced) (ITQ)

Part Time

Course Overview

What is ECDL qualification?

The ECDL (European Computer Driving License) certification is a highly recognised qualification, it offers you a key recognition of your literacy in computer skills and is designed for novices or casual computer users and will get you to a high computer literacy standard. The ECDL Certification is the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries, with many UK companies setting the ECDL as a mandatory requirement, such as the NHS and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Ofqual regulated

24 UCAS points to aid entry into university

Course Content

BCS Certificate in IT User Skills - ECDL Advanced Level 3 (ITQ). This qualification is for competent IT users who wish to advance and develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level in MS office products. The course focuses on the skills required to help gain employment in an office environment where everyday computing skills are essential.

  • Word Processing - This module sets out advanced skills that can be used to produce complex documents, enhance outputs, and improve productivity, when using a word processing application.
  • Spreadsheet Software -  This module sets out advanced skills that can be used to produce sophisticated reports, to perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations, and to improve productivity using a spreadsheet application.
  • Presentation Software - This module sets out advanced knowledge relating to planning and designing presentations, as well as the skills needed to produce advanced presentation outputs using a presentation application.
  • Database Software - This module sets out advanced skills to use a database application to better manage and organise information.
  • Improving Productivity - Using IT This module facilitates the application of knowledge and skills gained through the previous modules in order to develop solutions that make a demonstrable improvement to the use of IT tools and systems.

Entry Requirement

The qualification has been designed for people using technology:

  • at work - upskilling / retraining to become a department expert
  • in education - students
  • returners to work
  • job seekers
  • personal career development


The qualification is assessed through online or manual tests created by the ICDL Foundation and BCS and delivered using the BCS in-application assessment platform.

Where does this course lead to

This may include progression onto a Level 4 Apprenticeship or Level 4 Higher Education Qualification. Following completion of this qualification learners may wish to consider exploring other qualifications or pathways available from BCS that enable them to specialise in areas such as data management or cyber security.

How to Enrol

If you would like to enrol but do not have the entry requirements please email information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.

The loan available for this course is only for £1,417 so doesn't cover the whole fee. Additional payment to the college will be required if you choose to take out the loan.


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Course Outline

Course Code: CEBL009
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 20 Weeks
Start Date: 21/09/2022
Day & Time: Wed 6-8pm
Tuition Fees: £1417.00
Registration Fees: £139.00
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