Advance your IT skills and get more out of life

Published: 14 March 2007 at 16:37

We now live in an all consuming computer culture. We use them for work, play and, with the help of the world wide web, as the font of all knowledge and access to everything. But how expert are we when it comes to using them? Couldn’t we all do with more speed and efficiency to make our ever-challenging business and personal lives run more smoothly?

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If you are one of the 1.5 million people in the UK who have chosen the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to learn all important IT skills then you probably understand that these skills can pay back rich dividends in terms of time, increased confidence and new employment opportunities.

Businesses particularly need people who have expert knowledge in word processing, databases, spreadsheets and presentations.  Whether you are working, already a student or just keen to upgrade your IT skills, there is now another route you can take to improving your life - a new part-time course in Advanced IT recognised by the British Computer Society. The course provides a University Certificate in Advanced Office IT Applications, incorporating the Advanced ECDL Award, and it is now available from Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

If you are looking to enhance your IT knowledge and skills and learn more about Microsoft Office Products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access then you can gain advanced user skills helping you to build a career and qualifications path which you can then take to higher levels if you wish.

And you do not need to have your basic ECDL as the course is also open to those who have achieved a similar level of competence.

The course is open to virtually everyone, according to Julia Lane from Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Computing:

“It is designed for the many people from the region who want expert knowledge in office software to use for work or recreational reasons particularly for competent IT users to extend their skills base and professionalism to Super User level.”

“Students must have passed the Basic ECDL course or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge and skills. By gaining this recognised qualification you will be more confident and efficient in your job, and you may even launch into the career, hobby or vocation that you have always dreamed about. By working at a faster and more efficient speed, life will only improve.”

Start dates for the course include March, April and May. It is a one-year course involving part time study.  Daytime classes are available and the cost of the course is £275 if you are a UK or EU citizen.

To register visit or call 0845 271 3333 or email