Advanced
ECDL:
Spreadsheets 2013 SCQF Level 6

This advanced course will strengthen your skills and understanding when it comes to Spreadsheets 2013.

Overview

Why take this course?

Advanced ECDL Spreadsheets (Module AM4) is a high-level certification programme which presents candidates with the opportunity to bring their spreadsheet skills to an expert level. Completion of this module will enable candidates to master the more advanced functions of spreadsheet applications, enabling them to produce more sophisticated reports, and to perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations, thus saving time and improving productivity in the completion of tasks. It has been specifically designed to:

  • Allow users to become more confident, efficient and effective in using a spreadsheet application 
  • Proves mastery of the application 
  • Enable users to produce better reports with deeper data analysis 
  • Improves user's productivity 

This Advanced ECDL course is a Level 3 qualification (QCF) - roughly equivalent to SCQF Level 6 in Scotland - and is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Please note that although there are four Advanced ECDL Modules and these can enrolled on, completed and certified independently of each other, you only need to complete all four modules if you choose to.

What you will experience

This course is highly comprehensive, and has been developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world - this ensures relevance and accuracy of module content. You will explore a range of key aspects relating to spreadsheets, including:

  • Applying advanced formatting options such as conditional formatting and customised number formatting, and how to handle worksheets 
  • Using functions such as those associated with logical, statistical, financial and mathematical operations 
  • Creating charts and applying advanced chart formatting features 
  • Working with tables and lists to analyse, filter and sort data. Create and use scenarios
  • Validating and auditing spreadsheet data 
  • Enhancing productivity by working with named cell ranges, macros and templates 
  • Using linking, embedding and importing features to integrate data 
  • Collaborating on and reviewing spreadsheets
  • Applying spreadsheet security features

Upon completion of this course you should be able to maximise the Microsoft Excel package using skills and knowledge that will set you apart in today's competitive job market.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
This is a self study course, meaning you can study at a place or time convenient to you. You will not have any classes to attend.
Duration
60 Hours over 10 Months
Subject area

Entry requirements

Prospective students should ideally have the ECDL certification and/or previous experience using computers and common software applications.  It is essential that you have previous experience in using a computer, the Windows interface and Windows terminology.

What you will need

You must have the following Microsoft Office 2013 software installed: Excel 2013. Please note that Microsoft Works cannot be used for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

An assessment will be carried out in the College's Assessment Centre when you have completed the course work. The cost of the Advanced Test is £60 payable at the time of booking. Payment can be made in cash at the Assessment Centre Reception in LG10, by cheque made payable to North East Scotland College or by Credit or Debit Card by telephoning the Assessment Centre on 01224 612237.

Anything else?

This is a Self Study course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor. Your tutor will contact you (via your College email account) within 7-10 working days of receiving your welcome letter and materials.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by e-mail but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. Please note that you must be able to study independently through the course materials.

This course can be accessed through Blackboard which is North East Scotland College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Through Blackboard you will be able to access your learning materials, information and communicate with other students. A short guide to Blackboard has been provided for your use.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the IT Centre. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Please note that it is a requirement that all email communication between staff and students is made using College email accounts. This ensures that the College complies with Data Protection legislation and that information is accessed only by authorised users.

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Book

Duration Fees Code
60 Hours over 10 Months £139.00
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Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
FREEPOST RTJJ-TXBA-AEZS
Aberdeen City Campus
Gallowgate
Aberdeen
Scotland
UK AB25 1BN

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Information & Booking Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.

For distance learning courses, the course fees for non-Scottish residents may differ from that advertised on the website and in the course guide. Therefore, all course fees should be confirmed with the College at the time of booking.