Advanced (SCQF Level 6)


Flexible start date




  • Business & Management
  • Computing


  • Online

Why take this course?

The European Computer Driving Licence has recently rebranded and is known as the International Certification of Digital Literacy – ICDL for short.

It is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users, and is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

The Advanced ICDL Word Processing course (Module AM3) is a high-level certification programme through which candidates can demonstrate their ability to use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time. Completion of this module will enable candidates to demonstrate professionalism in the creation, production, review, and distribution of documents. The benefits of this module include:

  • Allows users to become more confident, efficient and effective in using a word processing application
  • Proves mastery of the application
  • Enables users to produce and manage large, complex word processing outputs
  • Improves user’s productivity and saves time
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content

This Advanced ICDL course is a Level 3 qualification (QCF) – roughly equivalent to SCQF Level 6 in Scotland – and is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Please note that although there are four Advanced ICDL Modules and these can enrolled on, completed and certified independently of each other, you only need to complete all four modules if you choose to.

What you will experience

This course is highly comprehensive, and has been developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world – this ensures relevance and accuracy of module content. The main areas covered in the Advanced ICDL Word Processing syllabus are:

  • Editing: This section gives you the skills to use advanced text editing features, paragraph and style options or template formatting and layout options. This section also covers collaborative editing features which allow you to work as a team on large, complex word processing projects.
  • Layout: This section allows you to create and modify master documents and sub-documents, table of contents, document sections, multiple column layouts and column breaks.
  • Document Organisation: This section allows you to create and modify bookmarks, indexes, cross-references, field codes, footnotes and endnotes; add and modify password protection to a document; use advanced table features to merge and split cells in a table, convert tabbed text into a table, sort data and perform calculations in a table; use advanced form features to create, edit and protect forms; use advanced spreadsheet features to modify an embedded worksheet within a document; create and modify a chart from a table or pasted worksheet within a document and position a chart within a document; and use advanced captions features to add captions to images, figures or tables and apply numbered captions to an image, figures or tables.
  • Special Tools: This section allows you to learn about advanced mail merge features to edit and sort a data source and/or merge documents with a data source using merge criteria; use macro features to record, run and copy macros and; assign a macro to a button on the toolbar.

Upon completion of this course you should be able to maximise the Microsoft Word package, using skills and knowledge that will set you apart in today’s competitive job market.