What is the course about?
Using a computer effectively is now an essential skill. 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.
You will gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the three main Microsoft applications required in the workplace - Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
To gain entry on this course you need to be a confident computer user with an understanding of file management. You do not need extensive experience of Word, Excel or PowerPoint as these applications will be taught on the course.
What will we cover?
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
You will cover all the main areas of these programs to become a competent use of them.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• gain the BCS Level 2 Certificate in ITQ User Skills (ECDL Extra)
• use Microsoft Word to:
o create documents
o manipulate and format text
o insert and manipulate images within a document
o import objects and graphics
o use mail merge tools
o create, manipulate and format tables
o preview and print documents
• use Excel to:
o understand the basic concepts of spreadsheets
o create a spreadsheet
o insert and format data
o create, format and adjust charts
o create formulae and functions and copy them to other cells
o apply settings for printing
• Use PowerPoint to:
o create, format, modify and prepare presentations using different slide layouts using PowerPoint
o duplicate and move text, images, charts
o create and modify organisational charts
o apply slide transitions and animation effects
o apply slide designs using presets and templates
o apply various print options
• Improve your productivity using IT so you can plan, evaluate and improve procedures involving the use of IT tools and systems in order to improve the productivity and efficiency of work activities.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be a confident computer user with good file management skills. If you have completed ECDL Level 1 at another training provider, you should bring proof of successful completion of level 1 to your interview.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each student has their own computer and you will be encouraged to practise as much as possible. An interactive whiteboard will help make demonstrations easy to understand. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The non-refundable Examination Fee is included in the fee.
You may wish to purchase a course book. The tutor will give suggestions about these.
Please contact Information & Advice (020 7492 2500) if you require financial assistance.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you can do after this one. ECDL Level 3: Advanced is the direct progression, but we also have a number of intermediate and advanced courses in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint which are specifically geared to helping you in the workplace. There is also a Pathway to ECDL if you are not sure you want to go straight to Level 3.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details