ECDL Essentials BCS

What is special about this course?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an all-round qualification in basic personal computing skills. The qualification demonstrates the increasing importance of computing in all areas of society and is recognised by business and educational worlds. Many employers now ask for ECDL when advertising job vacancies.

The ECDL Essentials course is the first step towards the full ECDL qualification, providing you with 3 of the 7 modules of ECDL.

Entry requirements

None, although students would benefit from having some experience of using a computer. Your Learning Centre Manager will be able to advise you on suitable courses for your level of prior experience.

The course consists of three of the seven ECDL modules, as detailed below.

Module 1 – Basic Concepts of IT

  • Hardware and Software
  • Information Networks
  • Security, Copyright and the Law

Module 2 – Using a Computer and Managing Files

  • Managing Files
  • Print Management
  • Running Applications

Module 7 – Information and Communication

  • Navigation and Browsing the Web
  • Message Editing and Management
  • Using email

All the course materials are online, allowing the student to study at times suitable to them. An induction will be held prior to the start of the course to introduce the students to the materials, the web site, the methods of contact and assessment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Online
  • Open Learning

You will have access to a full suite of interactive, online learning materials.  You can log on from anywhere with a broadband connection - home, work or your nearest Argyll College Learning Centre.

Each section of the materials is completed by exercises which measure how well you have picked up the essential information from that section.  Your tutor can go online to view the results of your exercises, to ensure you are making good progress.  If you need to do any further study on any of the sections, your tutor will advise you on that.

You will have contact details for your tutor, who will be available by phone or email. If you have problems with any of the exercises, or difficulties in understanding the course, ask your tutor.  Your tutor is there to help you with any problems, however small.

Practice test - when you have completed all of the work for a module, you can do a practice test to check that you are ready for your final test.  This is an online test very similar to your final module test, and is therefore the best way to prepare for your final test.  You need to do this test in the learning centre.  You will receive your mark automatically at the end of the test, and your tutor can view your results online. 

The results of your practice test will be used by your tutor to decide if you are ready for your final test.

How long will my course last?

120 Hours


120 hours total ( 3 units at 40 hours per unit)


Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The ECDL Essentials course will allow you to complete 3 modules of the European Computer Driving Licence.  You may then wish to go on to complete the remaining 4 modules to achieve the full ECDL qualification. This can be achieved through completion of the ECDL Extra course.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for ECDL Essentials BCS

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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