BCS Accreditation - Education

Education Accreditation Pack

At BCS, we've built a global reputation for setting the standard. Our qualifications cover all areas of IT, including understanding Spreadsheets and Presentation Software, Animation, Video Editing and Social Networking safety.

These qualifications have been built with a focus on training and education. They are fundable and recognised by the regulatory authorities in England (Ofqual), Scotland (SCQF), Wales (DfES) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

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Case Studies

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Schools across the UK are benefitting from Digital Creator, with different approaches being adopted for the different needs of students.


Case study 1: Fast track ECDL Extra opens door to employment

Martin started an ECDL Extra 20 week course in October at Morpeth Adult Learning Centre. Morpeth Adult Learning Centre is part of Northumberland Adult Learning Service.

The BCS Approved Centre offers a wide range of BCS courses including: Entry level Beginners Courses, ITQ Level 1 (ECDL Essentials), e-type, and ECDL Extra.

Martin had a temporary job working in the post room at Northumberland County Council. He was determined to improve his skills and although he was already quite a competent computer user he was keen to acquire a qualification in ICT at Level 2 and in particular one that proved that he was competent in using Microsoft Office 2010.

During the course Martin successfully gained employment in Newcastle and was keen to fast track his studies due to work commitments and late shifts. He completed all four modules in just 7 weeks. Martin stated on his CV that he was currently studying towards the ECDL Level 2 qualification in ICT.

Martin secured a job as a courier delivery driver, which required good ICT skills. Martin's qualifications along with his determination to succeed helped him to secure this employment. He is still applying for other posts and has had a successful first interview for a job in a call centre.

Martin would like to continue to study for his ECDL Advanced in September. His confidence has definitely improved due to the success in passing each module.


Case study 2: University of East London delivering ECDL

ECDL Prepares Undergraduates for the Workplace at one of the UK’s Fastest Growing Universities.

With more than 28,000 students from 120 different national backgrounds, the University of East London (UEL) is one of the UK’s most progressive, inclusive, and fastest growing universities.

Based in two East London campuses, one of the main aims of the university is to provide its students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend university, with an enriched education, and ultimately to prepare them with the skills that they will need to succeed in today’s labour market.

The university currently has 1,500 networked computers in very modern facilities, which provide the students with the ICT access that they need for both research and practical tasks.

The university has chosen the ECDL programme to enable these students to competently use the ICT infrastructure available to them, and to prepare them with the ICT skills that they will need in the workplace.

During the 2010 - 2011 academic year, 1,555 students at the university enrolled in the ECDL programme. With the opening of the new campus buildings in 2012 the numbers increased to 3,246 in the 2011-2012 academic year.

What the Computer Studies Lecturers Say About ECDL.

In recognising the value of the ECDL programme in providing their students, both with the skills they need whilst attending the university and with the skills that they will need when they leave, the university’s IT lecturers noted that the ECDL programme is:

  • A compact, ‘all-in-one’ IT qualification
  • Easy to teach and prepares students with the skills that employers want
  • Integrated and practical – it is not just based on theory
  • Vendor neutral


Case study 3: Chetham's School of Music delivering ECDL

With 290 or so students, aged 8 - 18, Chetham's is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and the only Music School based in the North of England.

Chetham’s School of Music became an ECDL test centre in October 2008.

Fran Holker is the Head of ICT and the ECDL Test Centre Manager. From Year 9 up to Sixth Form, there are no compulsory ICT lessons as students need time to practice, rehearse and prepare for performance classes and concerts which is essential training for these young musicians.

Students can choose to study for ECDL in relaxed weekly sessions where they work at their own pace. This means that if they miss a session due to a musical activity, they do not miss any teaching and there is no need for them to try and catch up.

Given the high number of musical activities scheduled during lunchtimes, the Wednesday lunchtime sessions are used by students for individual learning at their own pace, rather than as formally taught lessons.

The teacher provides a range of resources including online tutorials, books, worksheets, interactive PowerPoint presentations and workbooks from which students can choose. Students can find the syllabus for each module on Moodle, the school’s VLE.

The teacher monitors progress, encourages students, provides support and manages students’ learning through selecting appropriate modules for each student to work on.

Feedback from students has been excellent with many welcoming the opportunity not only to improve their ICT skills and knowledge but also to get a qualification in addition to their GCSEs and Music exam certificates.

Adam Riding - violinist.
Completed ECDL in 2011.


Case study 4: Lossiemouth Library's 100th Learner

90 year old Vicky Jamieson completes an introductory IT course

Vicky Jamieson, a former Librarian made the decision to do a BCS introductory IT qualification at her local library making a pledge to put the ‘update training’ to good use through her job as secretary of the Alzheimer's Society in Elgin, Scotland.

Lossiemouth Library is a Satellite Centre of the Elgin Library Learning Centre and offers both accredited and non- accredited IT courses. The courses have proven invaluable in providing computer skills to local people of all ages.

Vicky passed her course shortly after her 90th birthday, but admitted that she was not entirely new to computing concepts.

She said: “I was in Aberdeen training as a professional librarian, and went to evening classes and thoroughly enjoyed it, in those days we wrote our own programs of course! I returned to Lossiemouth after my husband sadly passed away from Alzheimer's."

"One's memory does not last forever, so I had to come and do some extra classes. Computers change so much with improvements each year, you really need to be working in an office so you can keep up- to- date with things together."

Along with her tutor, Vicky decided to go back to basics and the BCS qualification fitted the bill nicely.

Vicky now has a computer at home which she uses in her continuing post with the Alzheimer’s Society. She added: "I do letters, reports and minutes for the society."

The friendly and relaxed environment of the Lossiemouth Library Learning Centre made the whole learning experience enjoyable and stress free. Vicky benefited so much from doing the course that she is now contemplating commencing the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).