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Using Databases

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This module allows candidates to understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using a database.


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

Download the Using Databases Syllabus (PDF)

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand what a database is and how it is organised.
  • Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes.
  • Create a table, define and modify fields, and create relationships between tables. Enter and edit data in a table.
  • Use filters and queries to retrieve specific information from a database.
  • Create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data in records.
  • Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for print or electronic distribution.

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Covers the key skills needed to organise and operate a database.
  • Can be applied to a range of database software from vendor packages to ‘freeware’.
  • Certifies best practice in effective database software use.
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practicing computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content.

Syllabus Overview

Understanding Databases
  • Key Concepts
  • Database Organisation
  • Relationships
Using the Application
  • Working with Databases
  • Common Tasks
  • Records
  • Design
  • Relationships
Retrieving Information
  • Main Operations
  • Queries
  • Using Forms
  • Reports, Data Export
  • Printing

Sample Tests

ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand Using Databases in more depth and prepare for testing.
Download the Using Databases Sample Tests (.zip):

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