The Computer & Online Essentials module covers the main concepts and skills needed for using computers and devices, file and application management, networks, online information, online communication, and safety.

It would be an understatement to say that today’s average student is familiar with technology, whether they’re chatting on social media, sharing short videos, playing video games, or sharing reports, the majority of school-age children see technology as the norm. However, being familiar with day-to-day technology does not mean that they understand how to use devices and online tools required in today’s learning environment and the future workplace.

The Computer and Online Essentials module provides students with the basic digital skills required to use a computer safely and effectively. Students will also learn how to source credible information and communicate safely online. This module is ideal for students starting off on their digital skills learning path.

Category Skill set
Computers and devices
  • Hardware
  • Software
Managing files and applications
  • Introducing file management
  • Organising files and folders

  • Storage

  • Managing applications
  • Network concepts

  • Network access
Online Communication
  • Communication tools
  • Sending email
  • Receiving email

  • Email tools and settings

  • Organising emails

  • Using calendars
  • Computers, devices and data
  • Wellbeing and accessibility

  • Environment
  • Understand key concepts and carry out key activities relating to hardware and software
  • Manage files and folders, store data
  • Understand network concepts and connect to a network
  • Find and manage online information effectively, and manage browser settings
  • Understand considerations relating to the effective use of common communication tools
  • Send, receive, and manage emails, and use calendars.
  • Understand potential threats and ways to protect computers, devices, and data.
  • ICDL is the global leader in digital literacy learning and certification
  • ICDL modules are designed and updated by global subject matter experts, providing a standardised certification of skills and knowledge
  • ICDL is used by thousands of schools around the world
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally

The detailed syllabus for the Computer and Online Essentials module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

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