IT Level 1 ECDL Essentials

In a world where technology is ever-growing and is used in every industry, it has never been more important to have IT skills. The internationally recognised European Computer Driving Licence Essentials (ECDL) is a great introduction to IT. You’ll learn the basics of using your computer, the internet and email safely.

Course Description

In a world where technology is ever-growing and is used in every industry, it has never been more important to have IT skills. The internationally recognised European Computer Driving Licence Essentials (ECDL) is a great introduction to IT. You’ll learn the basics of using your computer, the internet and email safely with the IT Level 1 course.

As part of your ECDL Essentials qualification you will cover the following topics.

Course Layout

Electronic Communication
Email and the internet give us access to a whole new world of online communication and entertainment. This course focuses on communicating by email and over the internet. You will learn how to:

  • send, receive and organise emails using Microsoft Outlook Express;
  • use attachments;
  • manage an address book of contacts or distribution lists;
  • use instant messaging and internet conferencing;
  • plan your social life by using the internet and social media to find information, organise events and buy tickets;
  • use a search engine to find, bookmark, save and print information from websites;
  • buy and pay for goods safely on the web;
  • use the calendar and task manager in Outlook to plan events and manage your time and tasks;
  • download useful software and use the internet to transfer files legally and safely; and
  • publish information on your own website, webspace or blog.

IT User Fundamentals
IT User Fundamentals will show you how to maintain the hardware, software and files that your computer uses, so it keeps working well. You will learn how to:

  • use the right IT systems to meet your needs;
  • organise, store and access information on the desktop or in folders and files;
  • follow and understand the need for online safety; and
  • carry out routine maintenance of IT systems, like updating your software and maintaining your drives and discs.

IT Security for Users
IT Security for Users will help you to understand the IT security threats facing computers, so you can protect your data and stay safe. You will learn how to:

  • create user accounts and passwords to protect your personal data on the web;
  • understand the risks of online communities and social networking;
  • understand different types of malware and what they can do to your computer;
  • prevent viruses getting onto your computer through spam email;
  • avoid online fraud, like phishing scams;
  • keep your network secure, especially when using wi-fi;
  • back up data and recognise different portable storage devices like USB sticks and recordable DVDs; and
  • understand how data protection laws work.

Benefits

You shall gain IT skills which are highly valuable in the work place. These skills will enable you to use a computer with ease and form a good foundation if you should wish to enhance your skills further with any additional IT courses.

Qualification

At the end of this programme you shall be awarded with a BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills.

Duration

The length of this course will vary slightly, depending on how quickly you absorb the material, however, in general it should last for an average of 3- 4 weeks.
Upon your enrolment, you shall discuss in detail with the tutor how long the programme should last. They will then set you a deadline and offer you assistance and support to ensure that you reach it.

Eligibility

In order for you to qualify for the government funding you must be 19 years old or older and currently be on a state benefit whilst actively searching for work.*

Cost

This course is government funded, therefore the whole programme, including the certificate, would be free, subject to the requirements*

Enrolment

To find out more about this course and enquire as to how you can enrol you will need to book an appointment with one of our advisers. Please call us on 020 7354 5655.

Please be advised that you will need to provide your ID and NI number.

  • Certificate: BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills
  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 3-4 weeks
  • Eligibility: 19 years old or over
  • Enrolment: Rolling basis
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