What is ECDL? 

The ECDL certification is a globally recognised information and communication technology.  It is recognized and supported by national governments, computer societies (such as the ICS), international organizations and private corporations.  ECDL is undertaken in over 148 countries in 41 languages to over 12 million candidates.  It is an extremely valuable asset  to any CV. 

As part of the ECDL programme in Transition Year, students study 7 Modules: 

  1. Word Processing (MS Word)
  2. Computer Essentials
  3. Presentations (MS Powerpoint)
  4. Online Essentials
  5. Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
  6. IT Security
  7. Online Collaboration 

Students complete their e-learning on line and complete a pre-exam  known as a diagnostic test before sitting their certified examination.  On successful completion of all 7 Modules, students receive ECDL Certification.  

Exam Information 

Module examinations are 45 minutes long and students must achieve a result of 75% or over to pass.  The suggested guideline for completion of ECDL Modules is 

    • Sept – Midterm:  Online Collaboration and Presentations
    • Midterm – Christmas: Online Essentials and Word
    • Jan – Midterm: Spreadsheets
    • Midterm – Easter: Computer Essentials
    • Easter – May: IT Security 

Module Information 

Computer Essentials:

  • In this Module you will learn about hardware, software and malware.
  • It teaches essential concepts and skills about the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security. 

Online Essentials:

  • This Module covers security and safety on the web, the concepts of online communities, communications and email.
  • It covers essentials you need for going online, including web browsing, effective search engine use, online communication and email.  

Word Processing (MS Word):

  • This Module enables you to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting and finishing small-sized word processing documents such as letters and other everyday documents. 

Spreadsheets (MS Excel):

  • This Module will enable you to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate the ability to use a spreadsheet application. 
  • You will understand and be able to accomplish tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying and using a spreadsheet.
  • You will also understand using standard formulas and functions, and create and format graphs or charts. 

Presentation (MS PowerPoint):

  • This Module will enable you to demonstrate competence in using presentation tools on a computer.
  • You will be able to accomplish tasks such as creating, formatting, modifying and preparing presentations using different slide layout for display and printed distribution. 

IT Security:

  • In this Module you will learn how to protect yourself and your data from a range of fraudulent/malicious activities.  

Online Collaboration:

  • In this Module you will learn about the world of cloud-storage, shared online documents and social networking. 
  • You will learn about online calendars, social media, online meetings & online learning environments.
  • You will learn about the tools, theories and technologies behind online collaboration along with the risks.  

If you have any queries regarding the ECDL programme running in the school, please contact the ECDL Co-ordinator Ms Maria Brosnan.