ECDL logoThe European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the fastest-growing IT user qualification in the world. Internationally recognised and available in 148 countries, ECDL certifies that you have the knowledge and skills needed to use popular business computer applications.

Staff and students at the university can register with us and sit ECDL examinations on the Edinburgh campus.

The ECDL is managed and promoted in the United Kingdom by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the ECDL Foundation.  We are an A-Status, BCS-accredited Test Centre for ECDL.

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An intermediate level qualification demonstrating proficiency in popular business applications.

Target Audience Staff and students
Course Overview ECDL is designed specifically for those who wish to gain a benchmark qualification in computing to enable them to develop their IT skills and enhance their career prospects.

The ECDL consists of 7 modules - all of which must be passed to obtain the ECDL.

Module 1 assesses your understanding of IT security from a user perspective. Modules 2 -7 assess your practical IT skills.
Content M1 – Security for IT Users
M2 – IT User Fundamentals
M3 – Word Processing
M4 – Spreadsheets
M5 – Databases
M6 – Presentations
M7 – Using Email and the Internet
Tests There are 7 tests - one for each module. Each module is tested under exam conditions in the teaching room on the 3rd floor of the library (Edinburgh campus)

You are allowed 45 minutes to complete each test. The tests are automated.

You get your result - pass or fail - at the end of the test. The pass mark for each test is 75%
Fees Staff and students
£50 registration fee (one-off)
Staff - tests/resits - no charge
£20 per test (7 tests for complete ECDL)
£12 per resit
SCQF ECDL is accredited on the SCQF - see
BCS IT qualifications accredited in Scotland
Prerequisites Basic computer skills would be an advantage.
Duration The course fee includes access to the course materials for one year

You must complete your ECDL within 3 years of your first test date