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Using Databases

The Using Databases module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to understanding the concept of a database and demonstrating competence in using a database application.

Understanding the structure of a database and being able to carry out common tasks using a standalone database is an important competence for those who deal with large sets of data. The Using Databases module covers the definition of a database and how it is organized, table creation and linking, as well as filters, queries, forms and reports.

Learning Outcomes

Successful candidates 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; and 
– create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for print or electronic distribution.


The syllabus for the Using Databases module, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

Sample Tests

Do you want to better understand the Using Databases module and how we test skills and knowledge?

Try out the Using Databases sample tests here to get a feel for the coverage of the module, or practice before your certification test.