European Computer Driving Licence V5 Distance Learning CourseOP103

ECDL is fast becoming a requisite on CVs. It is the mark of really knowing your way around a computer. It covers IT user fundamentals as well as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, web browsing and communication. This course has everything to take someone who is not IT literate to become a comfortable IT user.

Course Info

Distance Learning Support


At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Home Study Entry Requirements 


At Start Learning we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.      

Recommended Hours of Study


We recommended you spend approximately 110 hours of your time studying for the European Computer Driving Licence course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months. 

Course Contents


Module 1 - Security for IT Users: Know what ‘spam’ and how to protect against unwanted messages - Malicious programs are, such as viruses and spyware - How to protect against malicious programs and intrusions - Passwords and PINs help to protect information from the risk of unauthorised access - What a public network is and the best practices when using an unsecure network - Bluetooth and understand how to prevent unauthorised access to a Bluetooth device by others - Vulnerability of  portable storage devices  - IT security guidelines and privacy policies within your organisation - The need to, and importance of, backing up data, and how to store data securely

Module 2 - IT User Fundamentals:  Use the main features of the operating system including adjusting the main computer settings and using built-in help features - Operate the computer desktop effectively and work in a graphical user environment - The main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders so that they are easy to identify and find - Health and Safety practices when using a PC - Main purposes of data protection

Module 3 - Word Processing: Work with documents and save them in different file formats 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 and 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 and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents

Module 4 - Spreadsheets: 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 and 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 and 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 and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets

Module 5 - Using Databases: Understand what a database is and how it is organised and operated - Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes - Create a table, define and modify fields and their properties, and enter and edit data in a table - Sort and filter a table or form and create, modify, and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database - Understand what a form is and create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data - Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution    

Module 6 - Presentation: 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 - 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 and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations

Module 7 - Using Email and the Internet: What the Internet is and common terms associated with it, and be aware of some security considerations when using the Internet - Accomplish everyday web browsing tasks including changing browser settings - Search for information and complete and submit web-based forms - Save web pages, download files from the web, and copy web content into a document – Email; advantages and disadvantages of its use, and be aware of other communication options - Awareness of network etiquette and security considerations when using email - Create, spell check and send email; Reply to and forward email, handle file attachments and print an email - Be aware of ways to enhance productivity when working with email software and to organise and manage email

Payment Plan


Full Price is £195

6 Monthly Installments of £32.50

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

For postage costs click here: Postage & Packaging

Call us on 0800 074 1222 if you would like to set up a payment plan




This is a self-study course which comprises of the approved earning materials which covers the entire ECDL V5 syllabus, when you have completed the course you can then sit the exam in one of the many assessment centres across the UK.

Language of Examination




Q: How does the European Computer Driving Licence course work?
A: The great thing about distance learning is that you can study from home or work, at your own pace and in your own time. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering unlimited support via email and post, seven days a week. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice as to how to complete the course successfully.

Q: Is there an exam at the end of the course?
A: No, the course is made up of assignments which you complete and send to your tutor for marking.

Q: Is there a word count for my assignments?
A: No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions. One sentence answers will not be accepted and you will be asked to redo the question and resubmit it.

Q: What happens if I’ve paid for the course but find it unsuitable?
A: Not a problem. If you return it within seven days, we’ll give you a complete refund, as long as the course is in re-saleable condition.

Q: What are the qualifications required to enrol onto this course?
A: No Entry Requirements

Q: How long do I have access to the personal tutor service?
A: The personal tutor service is available for 12 months from when the study materials are received.  At Start Learning we aim help our students to the best of our ability; therefore we are always delighted to answer questions and queries out with the 12 month period.
Q: Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
A: Yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.
Q: Is this European Computer Driving Licence course paper based or on-line?  
A: Our European Computer Driving Licence course is paper based and comes in an attractive folder.  

Q: I still have questions? / I would like more information?
A: If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Start Learning via email: or call us on 0800 074 1222 or 0141 218 4424.

We look forward to hearing from you.