This page is designed to support Year 11 students who are studying ahead of their ECDL ICT examinations. The European Computer Driving Licence is an internationally recognised qualification.

At Key Stage 3 students receive 1 hour per week of ICT/Computer Science. There is a focus on ICT literacy in year 7 focusing on the core ICT skills within the Microsoft Office package. These skills are then consolidated in year 8 whilst studying the OCR Entry Level Computer Science specification as well as being used in other subjects across the curriculum. Key Stage 3 accounts for approximately 78 of the guided learning hours for the course.
When students complete the ECDL course in Key Stage 4, they receive further learning time practicing the skills that are part of the specification, this is achieved through skills worksheets as well as diagnostic tests to identify gaps in their knowledge. Once students are confident they are ready they will then sit the relevant test.
Some students will have also completed other qualifications during key stage 4 such as Business Studies or other ICT/Computer Science qualifications which will help them with completion of this course. The skills students gain to complete ECDL will have happened throughout their education at Secondary School either explicitly in ICT/Computer Science lessons or implicitly through other subjects.

Why is ECDL important?
ECDL equips students with practical ICT skills that are used in most workplaces. The ECDL qualification itself is used frequently in industry to ensure staff have the necessary skills to work effectively in a modern workplace. Outwood Grange Academies Trust endeavours to ensure that all students are ready for the world of work and therefore views ECDL as an important part of students’ work ready / PSHE education.

Why do students complete ICT/Computer Science qualifications at Key Stage 4 and ECDL?
There is great value in students completing ECDL alongside other level 2 qualifications in ICT & Computer Science. ECDL gives students practical skills using the Microsoft Office package that they can apply in any workplace environment. Level 2 ICT & Computer Science qualifications across the trust are vastly different from this, examples can be seen below:

GCSE Computer Science – there is no formal teaching of any Microsoft Office based skills on this course. It focuses predominantly on the theory of how computers work and computational thinking through programming skills. There is little if any overlap of content between the two qualifications.

GCSE ICT or level 2 equivalent – across the trust students could complete GCSE ICT, Cambridge Nationals iMedia or BTEC ICT. All three of these qualifications cover the more creative elements of ICT, this includes developing graphics, animations and web authoring. There is some overlap with ECDL as students will use some of the Microsoft Office package to create report documents, however the more intricate and specialist skills that are taught in ECDL are not in the specification for any other courses the trust offers with ICT.
Therefore Outwood Grange Academies Trust views ECDL as an important addition to create work place ready students and believe that this qualification is suitable alongside other ICT/Computer Science offerings in the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

If you have any questions, please see Miss Green or Mrs Garrett.


This link highlights all of the presentation skills that students need to be able to perform competently. There are tasks available which cover each skill. To view the tasks click here

Word Processing

Follow this link to a really helpful video tutorial that will help with revision ahead of your ECDL examination on the Word unit. To view the video click here


There is also a video tutorial to help you revision the key aspects of using spreadsheets. Use it to practice as you prepare for your unit examination on Excel. To view the video click here


ECDL runs during Enrichment time in the ICT Department:

  • Monday- Presentations
  • Wednesday- Spreadsheets
  • Thursday- Word Processing

Testing takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.