ECDL Pilot Computing Module

ECDL Pilot Computing Module

ECDL Foundation pledges to launch an ECDL Computing module which will cover all elements of computing (including, but not restricted to coding) and to pilot it in Europe. The module will be aimed at students aged 12 to 16 years, who wish to start learning about computational thinking and coding. It is likely to be of interest not only to students who are interested in IT and computing but also to those who wish to develop transversal skills relating to problem solving. During the pilot phase, we will collect feedback on the module in order to finalise it. Implementation of the module in the country can only follow after the pilot. Many countries in Europe and beyond are considering computing to be integrated in formal education. This module will answer the need of consistent, standardised and high-quality approach to computing skills development. It will cover concepts relating to computing, various computational thinking techniques, working with algorithms, coding, and other key skills and competences that fall under the concept of computing.

Last update: 14/06/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2017

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO


ECDL is the world's leading computer skills certification. To date more than 14 million people have engaged with the ECDL programme, in over 100 countries, through our network of over 24,000 ICDL Accredited Test Centres (ATCs).

Qualitative Impact

On completion of the ECDL Computing module, the candidates will be able to understand key concepts relating to computing and the typical activities involved in creating a program; understand and use computational thinking techniques like problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms to analyse a problem and develop solutions; write, test and modify algorithms for a program using flowcharts and pseudocode, etc.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
Other (countries) Country in the EU that will have piloted the Computing module 1 N/A

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

The Computing module was officially launched in Malta in February 2017:,


Milestone name Completion date Status
ECDL Computing module is launched 30/04/2017 Completed
One country in the EU will have piloted the Computing module. 31/12/2017 On Track