ECDL Extra Certificate in IT User Skills 2016 (Modules 3, 4, 5 & 6) (Distance Learning) SCQF Level 5

Building basic knowledge of computer applications to improve your understanding.

Overview

Why take this course?

This is the next step of the ECDL qualification - ideally for those progressing from the Level 1 qualification - and would be of interest to those who work with computers but don’t have any formal qualifications, or for those who simply wish to extend their knowledge.  

The course covers core IT applications which are commonly used in many businesses around the world, and completing this qualification will improve your understanding of these applications whilst teaching you how to use the software efficiently. If employed the course will help you prove to your employer that you can use these applications productively and professionally, and ig you are unemployed the course will help you to gain important skills to help improve your job prospects. 

What you will experience

This qualification will allow you to develop the IT user knowledge and skills needed to work productively in an administrative job which requires the use of common IT software applications.

You will complete four specific level 2 units from the ITQ framework:

  • Word Processing Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Improving Productivity Using IT

You can expect to learn about the following:

  • How to create and edit word processing documents
  • How to manipulate numerical data using spreadsheets
  • How to design and produce presentations to communicate information
  • How to use IT tools to improve productivity; such as using automated tools like macros and mail merge.

The tests are administered throughout Europe by accredited Test Centres, and each test takes 45 minutes. North East Scotland College has been approved by the BCS as an Accredited Test Centre.  A test for each module must be passed to achieve the certificate. The course fees cover the cost of one attempt at each of the assessments, which must be taken at the College's Assessment Centre.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification however if you have not previously studied IT qualifications at level 1, you may benefit from completing ECDL Essentials Award in  IT User Skills Level 1 before progressing to this level 2 qualification.

What you will need

All students are assigned a login to Microsoft Office 365 which includes online access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2016 at no extra cost.  Microsoft Access is available at the College Libraries and IT Centres.

What you need to know

Additional costs

We can register candidates in the following ways:

  • Full 7 module ECDL – at a cost of £30 or
  • ECDL Essentials (modules 1, 2 and 7) – at a cost of £30 or
  • ECDL Extra (modules 3, 4, 5 and 6) – at a cost of £45

If you know you intend to complete the full ECDL qualification with all 7 modules, it makes financial sense to pay for the full registration at the start at a cost of only £30. You must then pass all 7 modules to gain the full award.

Registration for the ECDL Essentials (modules 1, 2 and 7) costs £30 and you will receive an ECDL Essentials certificate upon completion.

Registration for the ECDL Extra qualification costs £45.  This is appropriate if you intend to solely undertake modules 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Upon completion you will receive a certificate for the ECDL Extra qualification. 

If, following completion of the Extra and Essentials qualifications, you would like the full ECDL qualification, then you must register and pay a further £30.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or card at:

Assessment Centre Office
Room LG10, Tower Block,
Aberdeen City Campus
Aberdeen, AB25 1BN

Debit/credit card payments can be made by telephoning 01224 612237.

Please note this is not covered by the College Fee Waiver.

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning 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.

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

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.

Next steps

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Availability

This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Duration Fees Code
120 Hours over 9 Months £178.00
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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 Student Advice 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.