Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

This is the first step of the ECDL qualification and would be of interest to those who work with computers but don’t have any formal qualifications or for those who wish to extend their knowledge. Ideal for those who are unable to commit to regular weekly attendance or who wish to work at home or online, as this is possible with attendance at the College for assessments.

See the links on the right hand side for more ECDL courses!

What does the course involve?

  • Internet and email
  • Security
  • IT fundamentals

The learning materials can be accessed from any PC with internet access or you can attend any of our workshops to use our resources to work through them with support from the workshop staff.

What makes this course special?

  • Work at own pace (must complete within one year), some learners complete in just a few weeks if they already have some skills in the applications
  • Latest software
  • Flexible attendance meaning the course can fit it in around other commitments
  • Relevant staff experience to help in the workshops
  • A variety of study methods available
  • Online version offers immediate results with practice assessments mirroring the live assessments
  • Employer recognised qualification at Level 1

Entry Requirements

  • Beginner computing skills
  • Successful  completion of the Beginners Computing, CLAIT or equivalent
  • Or relevant experience

What are the assessment methods?

An exam either using simulation software or in-house for each of the modules, lots of practice, with a number of resit opportunities if needed.

How long is the course?

30 weeks.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Minimum of two hours per week in College and/or minimum two per week self-study hours.

What are the progression options?

  • Many leaners have built so much confidence that they progress to the next course – ECDL Extra at Level 2, enabling them to gain the full ECDL qualification
  • ECDL Extra at Level 2
  • Introduction to Word
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Introduction to Presentations
  • Introduction to Databases


Most learners complete the course to develop skills in common applications to improve their efficiency and progress at work. Some learners use the course to develop skills that assist them in their search for further advancement or alternative employment.

Awarding Body

The Chartered Institute for IT.

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