ICT - ECDL Curriculum Overview

Course Outline

The BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills qualification consists of four mandatory units at Level 2:

  • Word Processing Software

The Word Processing Software unit sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the ability to use a Word Processing Application to create everyday documents. It aims to provide learners with the ability to use a software application designed for the creation, editing and production of largely text-based documents.

  • Spreadsheet Software

The Spreadsheet Software unit sets out essential concepts and skills relating to understanding the concept of spreadsheets and demonstrating an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work outputs. It aims to provide learners with the ability to use a software application designed to record data in rows and columns, perform calculations with numerical data and present information using charts and graphs.

  • Presentation Software

This unit sets out essential concepts and skills relating to demonstrating competence in using presentation software. It aims to provide learners with the ability to use software applications to produce effective presentations which include a combination of media (e.g. images, animation and sound) for education, entertainment or information sharing.

  • Improving Productivity using IT

This unit is about the skills and knowledge needed by the IT user to plan and review their use of predefined or commonly used IT tools for activities that are at times non-routine or unfamiliar. As a result of reviewing their work, they will be able to identify and use automated methods or alternative ways of working to improve productivity.

The learner must pass all four mandatory units to be awarded the qualification.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:

 http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/it-application-skills-specification.pdf

Assessment Format

BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills. Code 600/6943/0

Unit R/502/4628: Word Processing

Online assessment – 25%

Unit F/502/4625: Spreadsheet Software

Online assessment – 25%

Unit M/502/4622: Presentation Software

Online assessment – 25%

Unit J/502/4156: Improving Productivity using IT

Online assessment – 25%

  • To achieve a Pass, a learner must obtain an overall mark of 70% or above.
  • To achieve a Merit, a learner must obtain an aggregated mark of 75% or above.
  • To achieve a Distinction, a learner must obtain an aggregated mark of 80% or above.
  • To achieve a Distinction*, a learner must obtain an aggregated mark of 85% or above.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

There are no pre-requisites that a learner must achieve prior to taking this course, however, it is expected that most students will have completed a Computer Science course during lower school.

Possible Careers and Future Education

As IT has become an integral part of learning, the ability to create professional documents, manipulate data and deliver high quality presentations, are vital skills that can be used in further learning and work placements.

IT skills are used in a variety of job roles in all kinds of organisations including those in Manufacturing; Retail; Education; Hospitality; Health and Social Care; Business Services; Transport and Public Services.

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