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International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)

ICDL courses are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. These courses also provide a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test of their skills.

WSQ level 1

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats
  • Choose 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; 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
  • Check and correct spelling before finally printing documents

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  • Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft
  • Protect a computer, device, or network from malware and unauthorised access
  • Understand the types of networks, connection types, and network specific issues including firewalls
  • Browse the World Wide Web
  • Communicate on the Internet securely
  • Understand security issues related to communications, including e-mail and instant messaging
  • Backup and restore data appropriately and safely; securely dispose of data and devices

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  • Identify different types of computers as well as their main components and be able to log on to a computer and understand the basic function of a mouse and keyboard
  • Understand and use common desktop icons and the taskbar and be able to shut down a computer
  • Identify the main parts of a window, work with windows, and identify the main types of storage media and programme applications
  • Create, format, save and print a document Identify files and folders and recognise common file types
  • Understand the Internet and the World Wide Web and the importance of evaluating information on the World Wide Web
  • Use a Web browser and a search engine and be able to complete and submit Web-based forms and understand the concept of an online virtual community
  • Understand the structure of an email address

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  • 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; 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; 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
  • Check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets

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  • 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; enter and edit data in a table
  • Sort and filter a table or form; 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

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  • Understand web browsing and online security concepts
  • Use the web browser and manage browser settings, bookmarks, and web outputs
  • Search effectively for online information and critically evaluate web content
  • Understand key copyright and data protection issues
  • Understand concepts of online communities, communications and email
  • Send, receive e-mails and manage email settings Organise and search emails; use calendars

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  • 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
  • Understand 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

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  • Understand computer concepts around hardware and software
  • Identify health, environment and security considerations when using computers
  • Manage basic desktop settings and manage files and folders
  • Create, save, edit and format a word processing document
  • Create, save, edit and format a spreadsheet document
  • Search for information on the web, create and edit bookmarks
  • Send and reply to e-mails and manage file attachments

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  • Understand key concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices and software
  • Start up and shut down a computer Work effectively on the computer desktop using icons, windows
  • Adjust the main operating system settings and use built-in help features
  • Create a simple document and print an output
  • Know and apply the main concepts of file and folder management and organisation
  • Understand key storage concepts and use software to compress re-size large files
  • Understand and apply network concepts & connection options for network connection
  • Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware
  • Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility, and user health

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  • Understand the features of a tablet and its uses
  • Carry out common operations, apply settings, and secure a tablet
  • Use a wireless network securely, and set up online accounts for different services
  • Use a web browser to browse, search for, and bookmark web pages
  • Capture, view, organise and share images and videos
  • Use an application store, and install and update applications
  • Recognise backup and storage options for a tablet, and use cloud-based storage

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WSQ Level 3

  • Produce better reports with deeper data analysis
  • Produce higher quality management information
  • Use advanced features in table, query, form and report design
  • Use macros within the database application
  • Import, export and link data

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  • Plan and design more effective presentations that have greater impact
  • Use advanced features to customise layout and shows
  • Use and manipulate pictures, images and drawn objects, charts/graphs in presentations
  • Add sophisticated multimedia elements to presentations
  • Use powerful relating tools to link information to other applications

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  • Produce higher quality information
  • Pinpoint key information quicker and more easily
  • Provide more sharply-defined analysis
  • Produce more sophisticated reports
  • Use advanced editing, data handling, functions and analysis features
  • Use macros within the spreadsheets application

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  • Apply advanced text, paragraph, column and table formatting. Convert text to a table and vice versa
  • Work with referencing features like footnotes, endnotes and captions.
  • Create tables of contents, indexes and cross-references
  • Enhance productivity by using fields, forms and templates
  • Apply advanced mail merge techniques and work with automation features like macros
  • Use linking and embedding features to integrate data
  • Collaborate on and review documents. Work with master documents and sub-documents. Apply document-security features

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  • Understand the key concepts relating to online collaboration and cloud computing
  • Set up accounts to prepare for online collaboration
  • Use online storage and web-based productivity applications to collaborate
  • Use online and mobile calendars to manage and plan activities
  • Collaborate and interact using social networks, blogs and wikis
  • Schedule and host online meetings and use online learning environments
  • Understand key mobile technology concepts and use features such as email, applications and synchronization

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