BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ICDL Core)


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This course is open to learners of all ages looking for an internationally recognised ICT qualification. All course materials are pre-recorded and studied at your own pace with access to help from specialist ICT / Computing tutors through our online portal. If you are looking to complete the full Level 2 ICDL course in a single year, this is the option for you. Alternatively, it is possible to achieve Level 2 over two years by completing the Level 1 Award followed by Level 2 “extra”. Completing a Level 2 ICDL certificate is equivalent to GCSE at a higher pass (4 – 9). Although these are not used for school league tables, they are studied within schools where iGCSEs and equivalent level 2 courses are offered and a preferred option for professional development in the workplace.

IT User Fundamentals

This introduction unit allows new users to IT to understand the basics of their computer system from essential usage to time saving techniques to make you a more skilled IT user.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Using an IT System
  • Creating & Organising Files & Folders
  • Safety & Security of systems and your data
  • Routine Computer Maintenance
Using Email

This introduction unit covers the practical use of email for personal and professional comminication. Both the technical aspects and netiquette are covered in this unit making it an excellent introduction to everyday office skills.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Using email software to compose & send messages
  • Maintaining contact information
  • Managing incoming email
  • Responding appropriately to common email problems
IT Security for Users

This introduction unit helps new and improving IT users to understand and identify potential risks of and to computer systems.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Minimising security risks to systems and data
  • Taking appropriate actions to protect data
  • Understanding and undertaking data backups
Word Processing Software

This comprehensive unit on Microsoft Word encourages learners to make the best use of various aspects of document production. With a focus on productivity, you’ll learn formatting, structure, and keyboard skills.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Entering data accurately
  • Editing Tools
  • Structuring Information
  • Formatting Tools for documents
Spreadsheet Software

This introductory unit on Microsoft Excel introduces learners to using spreadsheet software for presenting and manipulating data. Spreadsheet skills include organising data, analysis, and formatting.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Entering numerical and other data
  • Formulas and functions
  • Presenting information
  • Formatting data for printing
Presentation Software
This comprehensive unit on Microsoft PowerPoint introduces learners to some of the lesser known features in presentation software that help create professional documents. Throughout this unit, you’ll learn about combining data, graphical assets, and media to create a presentation for a wide variety of purposes.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Combining text and multimedia
  • Creating manual, and automatic slideshows
  • Professional use of animations and sounds
  • Preparing a slideshow for different audiences
  • Dealing with common presentation problems
Database Software
This introductory unit makes use of the Microsoft Access software to understand how databases are behind many of the systems that we use at both home and work.

This unit includes the following topics:

  • Creating database tables
  • Entering and organising information
  • Creating, Reading, Updating, & Deleting data
  • Designing reports

As this course uses a licence to the Official BCS study material, please allow up to 2 – 5 working days for course access. Once you have accessed your course, we are unable to provide a refund for this unit.


Frequently Asked Questions


Does This Course Include Live Tuition?

The course materials for this course are all online and self-paced. We do offer options for live group courses, and individual tuition. Please get in touch with us at hello@teachallaboutit.uk if you are interested in booking live online tuition.


How Do I Access The Course?

Once you have enrolled, you will be registered with the British Computer Society as an official TeachAllAboutIt Student. Please be aware that this registration may take 2 – 5 working days to process. Once your registration is completed, access to your course will be available through your student login on this website.


Do I need any additional resources / textbooks?

All course materials will be provided to you as part of this course. However, it is expected that you will have access to the software that the course covers: It is assumed that you will have access to the following applications:

  • Microsoft Office (including Outlook)
  • Windows 10 or 11
  • Latest version of Chrome or Firefox

Does The Course Include Practical Skills?

Yes. All courses include practical work throughout the course and you will be guided through interactive activities as you complete each of the Official BCS units.

Do I Have To Sit These Units?

For this qualification, yes. If you would prefer to have more options for units to study, you can enrol for the Level 2 Flexible Award.

When Can I Enrol?

As the ICDL courses are self-paced, students may enrol and start their course at any time. After enrolment, you will be given 12 months to complete the course. However, if you need extra time, options are available to extend your course by 3, 6, or 12 months.


How Do I Sit Assessments?

Exams & practice tests must be booked separately to your course. You may book at sit exams at a time and date that suit you and we offer tests at our Tuition Centre in West Sussex or across the UK by remote invigilation. Please book your test/exams here.


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