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“The timing was challenging due to various exercises, but with the help and guidance of my assessor it was made easy for me!”
Gunner, Catterick

About the course
This course is for IT users who wish to develop their skills to an advanced level but don’t need all four ECDL Advanced units. It is a natural follow on from OCR Level 1, BCS Level 1 and BCS Level 2 (ECDL Essentials and Extra).

The course focuses on the skills required to help you gain employment in an office environment where everyday computing skills are essential. It shows employers that you are expert in the computer tasks required in the modern office environment and is an excellent addition to your CV.

To obtain this qualification you must choose from two of the following ECDL Advanced units:

  • Level 3 Word Processing Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 3) - Use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance and improve your work
  • Level 3 Spreadsheet Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 4) - Use the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information
  • Level 3 Presentation Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 5) - Create effective, high-impact presentations using advanced features
  • Level 3 Database Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 6) - Use the many advanced tools available in database applications to better manage and organise information
  • You must then add units already achieved from Level 1 or 2 to the value of 8 credits (these cannot include any subjects studied at Level 3).
  • Finally, you must complete the mandatory unit Improving Productivity Using IT at Level 3.

How long is the course?
Each unit typically takes 30 hours but the timings can be flexible to meet your needs.

£300 but only £125 if you use your SLC*.

You will use automated testing software in the Learning Centre which provides instant results on completion of each module. The exception to this is the Improving Productivity Using IT unit, which is currently tested and marked manually.

Where do I study?
You can study in the Learning Centre, or independently, with tutor support available throughout. The course fee includes a text book to study each unit. However you choose to learn, you’ll be expected to keep in touch with your Learning Centre Manager to review progress. You can start your learning at anytime as this qualification requires independent study with tutor support.

What's next
You may wish to progress your IT studies, or take a look at our other courses to see if there's another subject that you'd find interesting.

Other details
Previous tests must be used as prior achievement to meet required credit value of 25 - 30.

*There is a cost of £15 per unit should you need to take any resits.

See your Learning Centre Manager for details on how to sign up. We have Learning Centres at all of the regular RA regiments. Details of which can be found here.