Computer Essentials

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This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks, and data security.

  • 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 about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders
  • Understand key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large files
  • Understand network concepts and connection options and be able to connect to a network
  • Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware, and the importance of backing up data
  • Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility, and user health
  • The key skills and main concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices, and software
  • Certifies best practice in effective computer use
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevence and range of module content

The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.



Computer and Devices
  • ICT
  • Hardware
  • Software and Licensing
  • Start up Shut Down
Desktop, Icons, Settings
  • Desktops and Icons
  • Using Windows
  • Tools and Settings
  • Working with Text
  • Printing
File Management
  • Introducing Files and Folders
  • Organising Files and Folders
  • Storage and Compression
  • Network Concepts
  • Network Access
Security and Well-Being
  • Protecting Data and Devices
  • Malware
  • Health and Green IT

ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand ECDL/ICDL Computer Essentials in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Computer Essentials Sample Test - Windows 8.1 Office 2013 (.zip)
Download the Computer Essentials Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2010 (.zip)
Download the Computer Essentials Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2007 (.zip)

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to Specto approved courseware for information on practical tasks.