Thursday, 25th April 2019


If you have taken a break from work, or you are just not confident using a computer, then taking a course to improve your skills could be one of the best options to consider.

There are a huge range of courses from free online taster sessions to courses that lead to qualifications.

There are courses for all levels and many are flexible so you can learn when you want at your own pace. Use the National Careers Service to find a course to suit you.

Qualifications in computing and IT

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

ECDL is a qualification from the British Computer Society and is recognised internationally. It gives you the option to do the course in a learning centre, or at home in your own time. The course is made up of seven modules:

  • basic concepts of IT
  • using the computer and managing file
  • word processing
  • spreadsheets
  • databases
  • presentations
  • internet and email

The Advanced ECDL course also covers

  • spreadsheets
  • databases
  • presentations
  • word processing

Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT)

The course covers word processing, spreadsheets and databases, however it is completely flexible as you can take modules individually or combine them to work towards a qualification. CLAIT is a nationally recognised qualifications and is available at three levels:

  • New
  • Plus
  • Advanced

UK online centres

Staff at UK online centres will offer guidance on anything from using a mouse and keyboard to shopping online. There is plenty of advice available, and can also be a good place to do a course as staff will be able to suggest which course may be suitable for you. Find your nearest online centre here.

The BBC also offers a huge amount of information about getting started with computers and how to progress to help you get and find the job you want.