Computer Essentials

Computer Essentials Course

This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks, and data security.


The syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, developed from input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.

Download the Computer Essentials Module Syllabus (PDF)

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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, 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 key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large files
  • Understand network concepts and connection options and be able to connect to a network
  • 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

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Covers the key skills and main concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices, and software
  • Certifies best practice in effective computer use
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevence and range of module content

Syllabus Overview:


Computer and Devices

  • ICT
  • Hardware
  • Software and Licensing
  • Start up Shut Down

Desktop, Icons, Settings

  • Desktops and Icons
  • Using Windows
  • Tools and Settings


  • Working with Text
  • Printing

File Management

  • Introducing Files and Folders
  • Organising Files and Folders
  • Storage and Compression


  • Network Concepts
  • Network Access

Security and Well-Being

  • Protecting Data and Devices
  • Malware
  • Health and Green IT