ICDL

What is ICDL?

ICDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification. To date more than 14 million people have engaged with the ICDL programme, in over 150 countries, through our network of over 24,000 ICDL Accredited Test Centres (ATCs).

 

Why ICDL?

ICDL programmes are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. ICDL modules provide a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test.

What does this course cover?

COMPUTER ESSENTIALS

This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks, and data security.


ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand key concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices and software.
  • Start up and shut down a computer.
  • Work effectively on the computer desktop using icons, windows.
  • Adjust the main operating system settings and use built-in help features.
  • Create a simple document and print an output.
  • Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders.
  • Understand key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large files.
  • Understand network concepts and connection options and be able to connect to a network.
  • Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware, and the importance of backing up data.
  • Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility, and user health.

ONLINE ESSENTIALS

This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.

ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand web browsing and online security concepts.
  • Use the web browser and manage browser settings, bookmarks, and web outputs.
  • Search effectively for online information and critically evaluate web content.
  • Understand key copyright and data protection issues.
  • Understand concepts of online communities, communications and email.
  • Send, receive e-mails and manage email settings.
  • Organise and search emails and use calendars.

 

WORD PROCESSING

 

This module allows candidates to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting, and finishing small-sized word processing documents, such as letters and other everyday documents.


ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options, such as the Help function, to enhance productivity.
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute.
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution; recognise good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
  • Insert tables, images, and drawn objects into documents.
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
  • Adjust document page settings.
  • Check and correct spelling before finally printing documents.

SPREADSHEETS

This module allows candidates to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work outputs.

ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Work with spreadsheets and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options, such as the Help function, within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Enter data into cells; use good practice in creating lists.
  • Select, sort and copy, move and delete data.
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet.
  • Copy, move, delete, and appropriately rename worksheets.
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions; use good practice in formula creation; recognise error values in formulas.
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet.
  • Choose, create, and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings.
  • Check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets.

PRESENTATION

 

This module allows candidates to understand the concept of presentations and to demonstrate competence in using presentation software.

ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Work with presentations and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options, such as the Help function, within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them; choose different slide layouts and designs.
  • Enter, edit, and format text in presentations.
  • Recognise good practice in applying unique titles to slides.
  • Choose, create, and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Insert and edit pictures, images, and drawn objects.
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations.
  • Check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations.

USING DATABASES

This module allows candidates to understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using a database.

ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand what a database is and how it is organised andĀ operated.
  • Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes.
  • Create a table; define and modify fields and their properties; enter and edit data in a table.
  • Sort and filter a table or form; create, modify and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database.
  • Understand what a form is; create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data in records.
  • Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution.

IT SECURITY

This module allows candidates to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.

ON COMPLETION OF THIS MODULE THE CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft.
  • Protect a computer, device, or network from malware and unauthorised access.
  • Understand the types of networks, connection types, and network specific issues, including firewalls.
  • Browse the World Wide Web; communicate on the Internet securely.
  • Understand security issues related to communications, including e-mail and instant messaging.
  • Back up and restore data appropriately and safely; securely dispose of data and devices.