European Computer Driving Licence ECDL

What is special about this course?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is one of the most highly regarded and widely recognised computer user qualifications. ECDL certification demonstrates your competence in a broad range of computer skills and Microsoft Office applications including: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Entry requirements

Information Technology (IT) at Standard Grade General (National 4) or Credit (National 5) level or relevant experience.

All applicants will be interviewed.

Level 1 modules: IT User Fundamentals, Using Email and the Internet, Security for IT Users.

Level 2 modules: Spreadsheet, Word Processing, Presentation, Improving Productivity Using IT.

The Full ECDL Group Award: IT User Fundamentals, Using Email and the Internet, Security for IT Users, Spreadsheet, Word Processing, Presentation and Databases.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Open Learning

This course runs continuously during college term time and can be started at different entry dates during the year. You can study out-with the college if you prefer and simply come in to sit your tests.

If you prefer to study by open learning, we have an option available that includes self study materials, access to an ECDL accredited tutor by telephone and email, occasional class tutor time and practice testing.

If you would like to study ECDL at college we have an ‘all inclusive’ package with access to one class per week. You can select your preferred class at time of enrolment.

How long will my course last?

Up to 1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • North Isles Learning Centres
    • North Mainland Learning Centres
    • Whalsay Leaning Centre

Start date

September, November, or January


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Students on part-time courses may be eligible for an Individual Training Account or to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You can progress on to our National Certificate (NC) / Higher National Certificate (HNC) Computing, NC/HNC Business, or PDA Advanced IT Applications courses.

Employment/Career: You might like to consider applying for office-related jobs.

Former students have: Progressed on to PDA Advanced IT or HNC awards.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"I like the flexibility of the course and the support given in a friendly manner."

“ECDL is an excellent course suitable for anyone wanting to gain skills in Microsoft® Office applications. This course offers practical skills that relate well to work situations and improve productivity within the workplace.” Emily Garrick, senior lecturer

Please email  or call 01595 771000 to request a booking form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland UHI UHI. Shetland UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.