The ICDL Computer Essentials module introduces you to the world of computers, ICT, and software, helping you start your journey into using computers and digital devices for work and leisure. Almost every industry in the world utilises computers and digital devices in some way, and having the core skills to complete common technology tasks is essential for workers.

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices and software.

  • Start up and shut down a computer.

  • Work effectively on the computer desktop using icons and windows.

  • Adjust the main operating system settings and use built-in help features.

  • Create a simple document and print an output.

  • Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently

    organise files and folders.

  • Understand the key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and

    extract large files.

  • Understand network concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large

    files.

  • Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware, and the

    importance of backing up data.

  • Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility, and user health.