Online Essentials

This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.


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 Online Essentials Module Syllabus (PDF)

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

  • Understand web browsing and online security concepts
  • Use the web browser and manage browser settings, bookmarks, and web outputs
  • Search effectively for online information and critically evaluate web content
  • Understand key copyright and data protection issues
  • Understand concepts of online communities, communications and e-mail
  • Send, receive e-mails and manage e-mail settings
  • Organise and search e-mails and use calendars

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Covers the key skills needed to understand the main concepts relating to web browsing and online security
  • 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 relevance and range of module content

Syllabus Overview:





Web Browsing Concepts

  • Key Concepts
  • Security and Safety


Web Browsing

  • Using the Web Browser
  • Tools and Settings
  • Bookmarks
  • Web Outputs


Web-Based Information

  • Search
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Copyright, Data Protection


Communication Concepts

  • Online Communities
  • Communication Tools
  • E-mail Concepts


Using E-mail

  • Sending E-mail
  • Receiving E-mail
  • Tools and Settings
  • Organising E-mails
  • Using Calendars

Sample Test 

ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand ECDL Online Essentials in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Online Essentials Sample Test - Windows 10 Office 2013 Edge (.zip)
Download the Online Essentials Sample Test - Windows 10 Office 2013 IE11 (.zip)
Download the Online Essentials Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2013 (.zip)

Download the Online Essentials Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2010 (.zip)
Download the Online Essentials Sample Test - Ubuntu 15 LibreOffice 5.0 (.zip)

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to ECDL training materials for information on practical tasks.


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