Word Processing 2016 SCQF Level 6

This advanced course will strengthen your skills and understanding when it comes to Word Processing 2016.


Why take this course?

The Advanced ECDL Word Processing course (Module AM3) is a high-level certification programme through which candidates can demonstrate their ability to use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time. Completion of this module will enable candidates to demonstrate professionalism in the creation, production, review, and distribution of documents. The benefits of this module include: 

  • Allows users to become more confident, efficient and effective in using a word processing application
  • Proves mastery of the application
  • Enables users to produce and manage large, complex word processing outputs
  • Improves user's productivity and saves time
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content

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. The main areas covered in the Advanced ECDL Word Processing syllabus are:

  • Editing: This section gives you the skills to use advanced text editing features, paragraph and style options or template formatting and layout options. This section also covers collaborative editing features which allow you to work as a team on large, complex word processing projects. 
  • Layout: This section allows you to create and modify master documents and sub-documents, table of contents, document sections, multiple column layouts and column breaks. 
  • Document Organisation: This section allows you to create and modify bookmarks, indexes, cross-references, field codes, footnotes and endnotes; add and modify password protection to a document; use advanced table features to merge and split cells in a table, convert tabbed text into a table, sort data and perform calculations in a table; use advanced form features to create, edit and protect forms; use advanced spreadsheet features to modify an embedded worksheet within a document; create and modify a chart from a table or pasted worksheet within a document and position a chart within a document; and use advanced captions features to add captions to images, figures or tables and apply numbered captions to an image, figures or tables.
  • Special Tools: This section allows you to learn about advanced mail merge features to edit and sort a data source and/or merge documents with a data source using merge criteria; use macro features to record, run and copy macros and; assign a macro to a button on the toolbar. 

Upon completion of this course you should be able to maximise the Microsoft Word 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
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

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

All students are assigned a login to Microsoft Office 365 which includes online access to Microsoft Word 2016 at no extra cost.

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 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 Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




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.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Will Sinclair, ICT and Quality Co-ordinator, by email: or by telephone: 01224 612007.

Duration Fees Code
60 Hours over 10 Months £149.00
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
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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:, 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.