BCS Certificate in IT User Skills - ECDL Advanced Level 3 (ITQ)

This course is free for any adult aged over 19 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification.(equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) via the National Skills Fund

This offer is part of the government?s Plan for Jobs. It represents a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

Course Content

To achieve this qualification you must complete all four of the units:

?? Level 3 Word Processing Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 3) - Use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance and improve your work. These include : Skills to format text and tables, referencing features and making dynamic tables of contents, how to use fields, forms and templates. Using advanced mail merge and macros, work with master documents and sub documents. Working with advanced headers and footers.

?? Level 3 Spreadsheet Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 4) - Use the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information. These include how to use sophisticated functions, work with tables, lists to analyse, sort and filter data. Create scenarios for pivot tables, data validation and security. Using macro?s and templates.

?? Level 3 Presentation Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 5) - Create effective, high-impact presentations using advanced features including understanding your target audience, creating and modifying templates and formatting slide backgrounds, use built in drawing and image tools, advanced chart formatting, create and edit diagrams, insert multimedia (video and sound) with controls, apply built in animation features. Managing and controlling slide shows.

?? Level 3 Database Software Unit (ECDL Advanced Unit 6) - Use the many advanced tools available in database applications to better manage and organise information. Develop skills with concepts of database development, creating a database, designing queries, refining queries. Using wildcards, parameter and calculations. Using controls and forms. Create reports and controls to work with calculations and macros.

?? In addition, you must complete the mandatory unit, Improving Productivity Using IT at Level 3, to gain the full certificate.

The methods of teaching are: Classroom based with work related material, Group work and Pair work One to One support and careers advice, Project work.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date and have IT skills already at level 2 or equivalent with experience in MS office software.

You will also need to have enough English (at a minimum of Level 2 equivalent) to be able to:

?? Understand instructions with some technical vocabulary

?? Communicate with the tutor and participate in classroom discussions

You may have already completed a Level 2 in Office Skills or Business Administration and have some current experience of Office software. There will be an interview to ensure that the course will meet your needs.

First Class Requirements

Memory stick, pen, paper

Attendance Requirements

As this a qualification based course you need to have 100% attendance. Developing IT skills is an ongoing process and the exercises are built upon your progress week by week.

Assessment Methods

You will develop your skills throughout the course and carry out practical exercises to demonstrate these. This course is assessed through developing a portfolio throughout the course which is submitted at the end of the course and is marked internally by the centre and then externally moderated.

Further Study Options

More specialist courses in MS Office such as the MOS

Other Advanced study in Computing at Level 3

This Level 3 ECDL Advanced qualification now appears on the UCAS tariff. Successful candidates gain 24 UCAS points which they can use towards entry to higher education. Speak to a member of the team for more information.

Additional Information

Students can gain access to a free Microsoft 365 license by becoming a RHACC student. Find out more

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email You can also make an appointment for further information or tutor approval on our Open Days.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.