International Computer Driving Licence ICDL

International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL formerly ECDL)
The aim of these nationally recognised ICDL suite of qualifications is to:  
  • improve learners’ knowledge and understanding of IT
  • develop skills to work effectively and efficiently using IT
  • provide proof of IT competence
  • allow progression to employment or further study.
These qualifications are designed for people using technology at work, in education, when looking for work or in their leisure time.
ICDL makes it easy to Assess, Build and Certify your digital skills.


Level 1 ICDL Essentials 

ICDL Essentials is designed as an introduction to IT, for those who are new to the industry and have none or very little experience!
3 Level 1 modules all of which must be passed to gain the BCS Level 1 ICDL Award in IT User Skills.
M1 IT Security for Users
M2 IT User Fundamentals
M7 Using Email and the Internet
Download a course leaflet.

Level 2 ICDL Core

ICDL Core is for those candidates with a working knowledge of the main Microsoft applications already who need to fill in gaps to gain certification.
3 Level 1 modules and 4 Level 2 modules all of which must be passed to gain the BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills.
M1 IT Security for Users
M2 IT User Fundamentals
M3 Word Processing
M4 Spreadsheets
M5 Database
M6 Presentations
M7 Using Email and the Internet
Download a course leaflet.

Diagnostic Tests

The Diagnostic Test covers the modules contents and offers a detailed practice assessment. This way you can get a good overview of their current knowledge. There is no time limit for diagnostic tests; they can be suspended and reviewed later.
Each diagnostic test has approximately 45/65 questions. There are more questions in the diagnostic tests than in the actual examination. Detailed feedback is provided when completed.
We require a specific score in the diagnostic test before allowing the learner to proceed to booking the exam. We strongly advise learners to sit their exam as soon as possible after completing the diagnostic while the course information is fresh.

Exam Format

  • There is one test for each module.
  • The certification test has approximately 32 - 39 questions
  • There will be a mix of the following questions: Theory, Practical, Hotspot (point and click), and Multiple choice.
  • Tests are online and are 45 minutes in duration.
  • A 75% grade is required to pass the exam.
  • It is a closed-book examination.
  • The test must be taken in FRCI and so needs to be booked beforehand.

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. The course leaflet has more details. This is ideal if you have good IT skills already so you can fit your training around your schedule.
Alternatively, (and preferably, especially when starting) you can book to come to our IT Suite and avail of tutor support.
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.
The exam will need to be booked to take place in FRCI.


The costs include registration, access to the e-learning material (for up to one year), diagnostic tests and exam fees which are all payable by FRCI to BCS and the cost of support and tuition.
ICDL Essentials (Level 1) - £190.00
ICDL Core (Level 2) - £300.00
Level 1 or 2 single module - eg Word Processing, Spreadsheets,  Database, Presentations - £80.00

What could you do after this course?

After you have successfully completed this course, you may wish to progress to the Level 3 ICDL Advanced Modules which include Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database and Presentations.

When is the course on?

Contact us to discuss what will work with your schedule. Small classes run according to demand.



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

Please Note: We can only accept cash or cheque payments

FRCI will always endeavour to work with you to come up with a flexible payment option: