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A selection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding ICT (Information Communication Technology), ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence), ICDL Advanced (International Computer Driving Licence) and ITQ Advanced (Information Technology Qualification) qualifications and additional support available.

What is ECDL Advanced?

The ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Advanced qualification is set at level 3 (A-Level) standards it was designed by the ECDL Foundation in 1997, ECDL Advanced has now become a major qualification recognised globally in over 148 countries worldwide.

 

Why Study?

So why study? Learning a new skill can be a great way to enhance your career prospects and improve your own productivity.

 

What is ITQ Advanced?

ITQ Advanced (Information Technology Qualification) qualifications were created in 2010 and designed by employers to meet the needs of today's businesses.

 

Why Microsoft Office? 

The Microsoft Office Suite collectively consists of the most used applications globally, these programs include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, which are utilized within 99% of businesses.

 

What is ICDL Advanced?

The ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) Advanced qualification is set at level 3 (A-Level) standards it was designed by the ECDL Foundation. The ICDL Advanced along with its partner qualification the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) has now become a major qualification recognised globally in over 148 countries worldwide.

 

What is the Work Help Links?

The Work Help Area gives learners access to additional information, question and answer snippets, job search facilities and a learner’s forum.

 

How do I Register for Exams?

There are over 2,000 ECDL, ITQ local testing centres throughout the UK and over 10,000 ICDL testing centre worldwide. Learners must register prior to their first exam via their local testing centre (10-14 days recommended), identification is required usually in the form of a utility bill and passport or driving licence. A one off administration fee may be incurred of approximately £20 (ECDL Advanced and ICDL Advanced) or £50 (ITQ Advanced), please contact your local testing centre for more information.

 

What are the Exam Fees?

As with most self-study course providers examination fees are not included within the courses fees, allowing learners flexibility and choice of exam venue. ECDL Advanced, ICDL Advanced assessment fees are set per module and range from £65-£75. ITQ Advanced assessment fees are set per module and range from £19.

 

What is the Exam Process?

ECDL Advanced and ICDL Advanced (level 3) examinations are taken via the industry standard e-assessments method, which replaced manual testing in September 2012. E-assessments offer many advantages over manual testing, including instant results and a break-down of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.  All ECDL Advanced and ICDL Advanced tests must be completed within a validated test centre. ITQ Advanced (level 3) examinations are in two parts, performance and knowledge. As ITQ is designed for practical performance, ITQ assessors may be able to arrange to test learners within their workplace, alternatively assessments must be completed within a validated ITQ test centre.

 

What are the Hours of Study?

There is no set study time limit but learners are advised to allow approximately 225 hours for learning ECDL Advanced, ICDL Advanced and ITQ Advanced units, depending on their abilities.

 

What is Associate Membership?

ECDL Expert certificate can be claimed for FREE and (UK only) candidates will be eligible to become an Associate Member of BCS (British Computer Society), allowing them to add the letters AMBCS after their name.

 

What the QCF Levels?

ECDL Advanced and ITQ Advanced level 3 qualifications are recognised by the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) and are equivalents to UK ‘A-Level’ standards.

 

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