European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

University of Liverpool staff and students can study for an IT skills qualification called the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). This qualification is awarded by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT and we are an accredited test centre.

The ECDL is a European-wide qualification which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. Its aims are:

  • to raise the general level of competence in IT
  • to improve productivity at work
  • to enable employers to invest more efficiently in IT
  • and to ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented.

The ECDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before the ECDL certificate is awarded. ECDL is open to anyone - regardless of age, education, experience or background.

The modules may be taken in any order and over a maximum period of three years - offering maximum flexibility. When all the modules have been successfully completed, a certificate is awarded.