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The syllabus is split into seven modules, Module 1 of which is theoretical, the others practical. Each module is assessed by a 45 minute test. The tests can be taken in any order but all must be passed in order to receive the qualification.

Apart from Module 1, which tests knowledge of IT security theory, each module is tested using a specific application and version. The application and version we currently have available to test your skills is given alongside each module below.




Module 1 Security for IT Users
Module 2 IT User Fundamentals
Windows Explorer in Windows 7
Module 3 Word processing Microsoft Word 2010
Module 4 Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel 2010
Module 5 Databases Microsoft Access 2010
Module 6 Presentations Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Module 7 Using Email and the Internet
Outlook 2010 & Internet Explorer

Follow the links above in the Names of the modules for the full syllabus for each module.


ECDL testing at UCL is carried out using simulation software.  This software simulates the Microsoft Windows and Office environment and captures the candidates keystrokes and mouse clicks and provides the test result automatically upon completion.  There are also practice tests or mocks available for each module.  These are 75 minutes long and cover the entire syllabus more comprehensively than the tests.

Study materials and support

At UCL we offer two options for self-study for the ECDL, interactive online learning with Skills Suite (formerly Electric Paper) and downloadable paper-based materials.  These are available on the ECDL resources pages.

You are welcome to attend courses in Microsoft Office and File Management provided by the Information Systems Training section but please note that these do not conform specifically to the ECDL syllabus.

Individual support is also offered on a drop-in basis to all candidates.

More details about preparing for tests will be given at the orientation.

Please email ISD Training Administration if you have any further queries.