The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally-recognised benchmark qualification in computer skills and is the fastest growing IT qualification in nearly 150 countries.

If you are interested in developing your own core IT skills, or if you have staff that would benefit from improving theirs, we can help you achieve this qualification.

Who can complete the ECDL?

We are an Approved Test Centre and anyone is welcome to complete their ECDL with us – University staff and students, businesses and members of the public. Please get in touch with us for more information.

What does the ECDL involve?

There are two qualifications: the ECDL and the ECDL Advanced. They are updated periodically by the ECDL Foundation to ensure they reflect developments in digital skills. You can complete the ECDL or you can choose to progress to the ECDL Advanced. In the UK, the ECDL is managed by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Read the ECDL syllabus

Read the ECDL Advanced syllabus 

You are not required to attend any formal training courses before taking your ECDL tests. However, we provide links to online resources for self-paced study.

What tests do I need to take?

To achieve the ECDL you will need to pass a test for each of the modules. The tests are 45 minutes in length and will be sat under normal test conditions. We provide an automated test system so you will find out your result as soon as you have completed a test. You also have the opportunity to complete a diagnostic test prior to sitting any or all of your assessments. Diagnostic tests are invaluable in preparing you for the test experience and for identifying possible weak areas of knowledge.

To successfully complete the ECDL Advanced, you will need to pass a one hour exam for each module, consisting of approximately 20 practical questions.

How much does it cost?

University staff and students

Training courses in support of ECDL modules are offered free, but there is cost for registration and testing. ECDL fees are £110 including registration and seven tests. ECDL Advanced fees are £45 per test. Additional charges apply for resits.

External candidates

We offer two packages for the ECDL:

Option 1: £75 including registration and one test. Subsequent tests £25 per test.
Option 2: £200 including registration and seven tests.

ECDL Advanced fees are £65 per test.

Additional charges apply for resits. Please contact us for further details.

Registering for the ECDL qualification

You will need to be registered with the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to undertake the ECDL qualification. We will do this on your behalf when we have received your registration details, proof of ID and fees. You have three years from the date you pass your first test to complete all seven ECDL tests.