ECDL & Moate Community School.

Transition year students in Moate Community school have a long tradition of studying the ECDL syllabus. In 2009 that the school received its own ECDL Test Centre Accreditation. The huge investment in Moate Community School's computer room made this possible. The new version of Microsoft Office 2007 is used in the school to ensure all certifications received are up-to-date with the most modern software.

All transition year students are timetabled for 5 classes of ECDL each week. Transition year students of 2009-2010 saw the introduction of the new automated testing system. The automated testing system means that students complete their exams online under the supervision of their teacher Ms. Halligan and receive their results instantly.

About ECDL

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world's most successful IT skills certification programme. To date, nine million people have undertaken an ECDL programme in more than 60 countries worldwide. In Ireland, the ECDL is administered by ICS SKILLS.

Outside of Europe the programme is known as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), attesting to its phenomenal world-wide recognition and growth.

The ECDL establishes a standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, making the holder readily mobile within Ireland and internationally. Employers and job seekers all agree on the importance of this standard definition of practical competence in Information Technology.

The ECDL syllabus

The ECDL syllabus describes the knowledge and the skills required to achieve the ECDL standard. It covers basic computer skills and the use of common applications in the school, the home and in society in general. It is divided into seven modules, 6 practical and 1 theoretical. A test in each module must be passed before the ECDL is awarded.

The 7 ECDL modules are as follows:

Module 1

Basic Concepts of Information Technology (Theory)

Module 2

Using a Computer and Managing Files

Module 3

Word Processing

Module 4


Module 5


Module 6


Module 7

Information and Communication


When all seven modules are completed, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is awarded.

Full copy of the syllabus can be downloaded here

Benefits of ECDL

Today, computer skills are increasingly important to people in all walks of life. The ECDL is intended for those who need or wish to know how to use a personal computer. It is suitable for people of all ages, from every work discipline, for people entering the job market, and for those who work at home.

ECDL Provides

  • An IT skills qualification for everyone
  • An innovative and tangible method of skills measurement and validation.
  • A model for education and training in the Information Society
  • A highly effective training delivery model.
  • Greater public awareness of the benefits of active participation in the Information Society.
  • A flexible and accessible qualification that offers increased mobility to holders.
  • An excellent benchmark of employee skills.
  • Improved employee confidence.
  • An Internationally recognized qualification for students.
  • A positive return on investment in IT training for an organisation.
  • Enhanced career opportunities for holders.





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