ECDL Level 3 Advanced Word Processing sets out advanced skills that can be used to produce complex documents, enhance outputs, and improve productivity, when using a word processing application  

After completing this course you will be able to: 

  • Apply advanced text, paragraph, column and table formatting. Maintain a consistent design through the use of character and paragraph styles. 
  • Work with referencing features like footnotes, endnotes and captions. Manage citations and bibliography using a chosen citation style. Create tables of contents, indexes and cross-references. 
  • Enhance productivity by using fields, forms and templates. 
  • Apply advanced mail merge techniques and work with automation features like macros. 
  • Use linking and embedding features to integrate data. 
  • Collaborate on and review documents locally or online. Apply document security features. 
  • Work with watermarks, sections  

Please note examinations are not included as part of the course fee. These need to be purchased and arranged with your nearest ECDL Testing Centre. Please click here to find your nearest BCS centre. 


  • 01

    Course Files

    • Course Files

  • 02


    • Text - Find and Replace Options

    • Text - Paste Special Options

    • Text - Text Wrapping Options

    • Line Spacing and Paragraph Pagination Options

    • Paragraph Pagination - Apply and Remove Settings

    • Multi Level Bullet Lists

    • Styles

    • Changing Bullet Styles

    • Columns

    • Converting Table to Text and Text to a Table

    • Managing Tables

  • 03


    • Captions

    • Updating a Caption

    • Footnotes and Endnotes

    • Table of Contents - Creating and Updating

    • Table of Figures - Creating and Updating

    • Cross References and Bookmarks

  • 04

    Enhancing Productivity

    • Using Fields

    • Forms and Form Fields

    • Templates - Modifying a Template

    • Mail Merge - ASK Field and Bookmark

    • Mail Merge - IF, THEN, ELSE Fields

    • Mail Merge - Set Criteria and Sorting

    • Embedded Data as an Object

    • Hyperlink - Insert, Edit and Remove

    • Linking Data Between Applications

    • Automatic - Text and Formatting Options

    • Macros - Recording and Assigning to a Toolbar

    • Fill In Fields

    • Label Mail Merge

    • Data Picker, Content Form Controls

  • 05

    Collaborative Editing

    • Compare and Merge Documents

    • Track Changes and Comments

    • Master Documents - Creating, Inserting and Deleting

    • Text Outlining

    • Document Password Protection

    • Protection - Track Changes and Comments

  • 06

    Prepare Outputs

    • Sections

    • Header and Footer Control

    • Watermarks - Adding, Modifying and Removing


Richard Walters is one of NILC's senior level Microsoft Office trainer's and has more than a decade of experience in IT and Business Skills training. Richard has an advanced-level understanding of all Microsoft Office packages and specialises in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Project.

Richard Walters

Senior Microsoft Application Instructor


  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does 1 years access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 365 days - across any and all devices you own.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.