ICDL Advanced Spreadsheets Level 3

ICDL (formerly ECDL) Advanced Spreadsheets Level 3 is a high-level certification programme which presents you with the opportunity to bring your spreadsheet skills to an expert level. This allows you to use the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce, for example, higher quality management information.

In a data driven world, understanding how to use a versatile tool like a spreadsheet can be invaluable.

ICDL (formerly ECDL) Advanced Spreadsheets Level 3 is a demanding programme which will advance your spreadsheet skills to an expert level. This allows you to use the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce, for example, higher quality management information.

Spreadsheet skills are essential in a range of areas from education and research to business. The Advanced Spreadsheets module covers topics such as displaying data in charts, analysing data using tables and scenarios, validating data, working more productively and working collaboratively. It is ideal for anyone who needs to know how to go further than simple formulas in spreadsheet tools. 

Successful candidates will be able to:

  • Apply advanced formatting options such as conditional formatting and customised number formatting and handle worksheets.

  • Use functions such as those associated with logical, statistical, financial and mathematical operations.

  • Create charts and apply advanced chart formatting.

  • Work with tables and lists to analyse, filter and sort data. Create and use scenarios.

  • Validate and audit spreadsheet data.

  • Enhance productivity by working with named cell ranges and macros.

  • Use linking, embedding and importing features to integrate data.

  • Compare and merge spreadsheets. Apply spreadsheet security features.

Download the course syllabus here.

Study Mode

You can prepare for each module at home provided you have access to a computer with an adequate specification and with Windows 10 and Office 2016 onwards installed.  Check with us regarding System Requirements for guidance.  This is ideal if you have good IT skills already so you can fit your training around your schedule. 
Alternatively (and preferably especially when getting started), you can book to come to our IT Suite and avail of tutor support. Many learners prefer the structure of having a set time and place away from distractions to help them progress.
The e-learning materials are available for up to one year.
You may prefer to try one of our short workshops to practice the main skills needed for the modules.  The approach is slightly different in that you will be using the software to complete typical tasks that you would encounter in a day to day work, study or leisure environment.
Once you have learned and practiced the skills using the e-learning materials there are a pack of practice tests to help you prepare for the exam.  The online diagnostic test also gives you a good idea of the exam setup and gives you feedback on where there are gaps in your knowledge.
The exam which is taken online will need to be booked to take place in FRCI.  You have one hour to complete the test and the pass mark is 75%.

When is the course on?

Contact us to discuss what will work with your schedule.  Small classes run according to demand.
How long does the course take?
As a guide you will need to devote around 45 hours but may need less depending on what your existing digital skill level is already.


The costs include registration, access to the e-learning material (for up to one year), practice tests and exam fees which are all payable by FRCI to BCS and the cost of support and tuition.
Contact us for flexible payment options and for advice on how to find funding.
ICDL Advanced Spreadsheets (Level 3) - £150.00


Fluency in English. 
Prospective candidates should ideally have the ICDL certification at Level 2 and/or previous experience using computers and common software applications. Typically, these would be individuals who use a wide range of advanced functionalities within a word processing application in a personal or professional context.

Any Questions?

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If you wish to enrol, please click here or contact us on 028 6632 6478

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