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A selection of educational articles linked to the ICT (Information Communication Technology) sector and globally recognised qualifications available including ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence), ICDL Advanced (International Computer Driving Licence) and ITQ Advanced (Information Technology Qualification).

 

What is ECDL Advanced?

Article covering the ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence), qualification and the advantages of gaining the certification including providing evidence to potential employers that the holder is a highly confident and competent individual, when using specific ICT applications. ECDL Advanced qualifications...

 

Why Study?

Article covering Why Study new skills from the comfort of your home. Undertaking a new skill can seem too many as a daunting and laborious task that is a gamble both financially and socially. So why bother undertaking new learning opportunities, the simple answer is adaptability...

 

What is ITQ Advanced?

Article covering the ITQ Advanced qualification and its benefits. The ITQ's are work-based awards designed in 2010 and added to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework (SQCF)...

 

ICT in Businesses

Article covering the impact of the European recession and ICT in Businesses. Unfortunately in times of austerity staff training budgets are usually one of the first business casualties in a financial downturn...

 

ICT Careers 2018

Article covering ICT Careers 2016 and the increasing investment in the UK IT industry for both public and private sectors; with 150,000 new jobs are estimated to be created over the next decade...

 

Why Microsoft Office?

Article covering the Microsoft Office suite. The Microsoft Office suite consists of a set of desktop applications, servers and services, collectively referred to as an office suite, designed specifically for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Microsoft Office suites are used in 99% of businesses globally...

 

What is ICDL Advanced?

Article covering the ICDL Advanced qualification. The ICDL Advanced is the international version of the ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence), both qualifications cover the same syllabus...

 

Get Ahead for 2018

Article covering a digital research survey led by leading educational organizations within the UK.  With the announcement that there is a significant ICT skills gap within companies Get Ahead for 2018...

 

Retraining at 40

Article covering Retraining at 40. Subjects covered include job advice, CV's and overview of the current job market for a job candidates 40 years old and over...

 

Digital Agenda for Europe

Article covering the Digital Agenda for Europe 2010 - 2020 which is the EU's (European Unions) growth strategy for the coming decade. The agenda incorporates three main priorities to help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion...

 

 

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What is ICDL Advanced?

The ICDL Advanced (International Computer Driving Licence), is the international version of the ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence), both qualifications cover the same syllabus. The ICDL qualification was established by the ECDL Foundation in 1999 and has become globally recognised in over 148 countries worldwide.

 

ICDL Career Opportunities

ICDL Advanced units cover popular globally used Microsoft Office products which incorporate, Word-Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and Presentations applications. ICDL Advanced units cover 99% of subject knowledge that employers expect their staff to know in the modern workplace.

 

ICDL Job salaries

ICDL Advanced job salaries range from junior roles of £15,000, up to around £45,000 for senior roles, such as Office Manager.

 

ICDL Syllabus v5.0

The seven ICDL modules that make up level 1 and 2 ICDL qualifications cover the ICDL version 5.0 syllabus, with the exception of module 1 (previously called 'Basic Concepts of Information Technology') which has been designed to meet individual country standards. The new ICDL module 1 is called 'IT Security for Users'. The updated 'IT Security for Users' module reflects basic security issues that affect modern day computer users. To make sure all syllabuses are covered we have supplied the 'IT Security for Users' syllabus separately. Additionally the ICDL module 2 has now been adapted in syllabus v5.0 from 'Using the Computer and Managing Files' to 'IT User Fundamentals', making the module more suitable for modern day IT use. The ICDL v5.0 and IT Security, syllabuses, can be downloaded form the ECDL website.

 

ICDL Advanced Syllabus v2.0

Due to the new ICDL Advanced syllabus version 2.0 overhaul, the four ICDL Advanced (Word-Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and Presentations) have been updated, making the questions more relevant for modern day usage. The ICDL Advanced v2.0 syllabus can be downloaded from the ECDL website. The marking structure for the new ICDL Advanced syllabus v2.0 is still the same as in the previous v1.0 syllabus with 20 questions, required pass mark of 15 out of 20 (75%) and 1 hour time limit.

 

ICDL Expert Certification

Candidates who successfully gain any four ICDL Advanced modules are eligible to receive the ICDL Expert certification. The ICDL Expert certification can be claimed for FREE, additionally UK learners can also apply for Associate Membership of the British Computer Society with use of AMBCS post-nominal letters.

 

Registering ICDL Candidates

ICDL learners can study for any ICDL qualifications without registering but must register with an ICDL testing centre before taking their first exam. It is advisable that learners register at least 10-14 days prior to their desired exam date. The ICDL Start, ICDL Core and ICDL Extra qualifications incur an initial one off registration payment of £20 and £17 per examination (prices may vary). The ICDL Advanced examinations have no registration fee but examinations cost £70 per exam (prices may vary), please contact your local ICDL testing centre for further information.

 

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Download Teach Yourself Advanced Office samples covering the ICDL Advanced qualification syllabus (full unit prices from just £6.99, examinations not included). Our complete Teach Yourself manual range is available from the purchase manual page.

 

 

 

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What is ECDL Advanced?

The ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence) qualification provides potential employers evidence that the holder is a highly confident and competent individual, when using specific ICT (Information Communication Technology) applications. ECDL Advanced certifications are set to level 3 standards (A-level equivalent) and recognised in over 148 countries (ECDL Advanced in Europe and ICDL Advanced internationally). Many leading business's and governments have set ECDL (ECDL Advanced and ECDL Expert) syllabuses as a prerequisites in ICT competence for their employees.

 

ECDL Advanced Word-Processing (Word)

ECDL Advanced Word-Processing enables candidates to complete complex tasks in Word-Processing applications. ECDL Advanced syllabus tasks include, using sophisticated typographical, formatting and layout configurations, tables, forms, graphics, creating macros and advanced mail-merge operations. The ECDL Advanced Word-Processing qualification can be gained as an individually ECDL Advanced certificate or as part of the ECDL Expert (candidates who successfully gain four ECDL Advanced units can claim the ECDL Expert certificate for free).

 

ECDL Advanced Spreadsheets (Excel)

ECDL Advanced Spreadsheets enables candidates to complete complex tasks in Spreadsheet applications. ECDL Advanced syllabus tasks include, using advanced formatting options such as conditional formatting and functions associated with logical, statistical, financial and mathematical operations, analysing and filtering data. The ECDL Advanced Spreadsheets qualification can be gained as an individually ECDL Advanced certificate or as part of the ECDL Expert.

 

ECDL Advanced Databases (Access)

ECDL Advanced Databases enables candidates to complete complex tasks in Database applications. ECDL Advanced syllabus tasks include, creating relationships between tables, designing and using queries to create a table, using controls and sub-forms, creating reports to perform calculations and using macros. The ECDL Advanced Databases qualification can be gained as an individually ECDL Advanced certificate or as part of the ECDL Expert.

 

ECDL Advanced Presentations (PowerPoint)

ECDL Advanced Presentations enables candidates to complete complex tasks in Presentation applications. ECDL Advanced syllabus tasks include, creating and modifying templates and format slide backgrounds, enhancing a presentation using built-in drawing and image tools, applying advanced chart formatting features, inserting movies and applying built-in animation features. The ECDL Advanced Presentations qualification can be gained as an individually ECDL Advanced certificate or as part of the ECDL Expert.

 

ITQ Advanced - Improving Productivity Using IT

In 2010 an additionally fifth unit ITQ Advanced Word-Processing (Improving Productivity Using IT) was assigned to the ECDL Advanced portfolio (UK residents only). The new ITQ Advanced unit allows candidates to demonstrate their practical application skills they have gained in the previous four ECDL Advanced units. The ITQ Advanced Improving Productivity Using IT unit is mapped to the ITQ (Information Technology Qualification) syllabus and consists of scenario and multiple-choice based assessments, covering word-processing, spreadsheets and presentations units.

 

ECDL Advanced & ITQ Advanced Courses

Download Teach Yourself Advanced Office sample manuals covering ECDL Advanced and ITQ Advanced qualification syllabuses (full unit prices from just £6.99, examinations not included). Our complete Teach Yourself range is available from the purchase manual page.

 

 

 

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What is ITQ Advanced?

The ITQ Advanced (Information Technology Qualification) qualifications are work-based awards designed in 2010 and added to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework (SQCF). ITQs form part of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) updated framework also known as the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ). ITQs were designed by employers and awarding bodies to meet the needs of today's businesses.

 

ITQ Units

The ITQ suite of shared units (QCF, SQCF) were developed to make it easier for learners and employers to access qualifications by allowing only one mandatory unit to be completed for certificates and diplomas. ITQ levels range from Entry up to Level 3 and work on a credits basis with each credit representing 10 notional learning hours’ flexible rules of combination (ROC):

  • Entry Level
  • Level 1 (minimum 9-12 credits)
  • Level 2 (minimum 13-25 credits)
  • Level 3 (minimum 37-39 credits)

 

ITQ Delivery Options

ITQ is designed to be vendor neutral; this allows company-specific software applications and specialist software (bespoke) to be used. Current delivery options (AUG 2013) for ITQs are either a work-based approach where a candidate builds an assessment portfolio by gathering evidence of their skills within the workplace or gaining the required skills via an approved learning centre via tests and scenarios. Candidates can also use Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) to add evidence towards their portfolio. Learners will still need to complete a final mandatory unit, which is assessed separately. ITQs can be incorporated into the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) syllabus.

 

ITQ Advanced Courses

Download Teach Yourself Advanced Office samples covering the ITQ Advanced qualification syllabus (full unit prices from just £6.99, examinations not included). Our complete Teach Yourself manual range is available from the purchase manual page.

 

 

 

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