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IT and Computing, University 1st and 2nd Year (Level 4 and 5)

If you have the willpower and earnest desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, The IT and Computing Diploma  you should consider this course which is offered by the  A1StudyCenter.

The Level 4 modules and assignments are equivalent to the first year of a University Degree and the Level 5 modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a University Degree.

Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma course is a 240-credit course.It comprises of 10 modules and written assignments at each level. The course is designed to equip you with the skills and lead you  to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional. Additional academic materials would be provided to the students for further learning.

Course Fees
The fee for enroling onto this courses(level 4 & 5) together is £1620. Alternatively students can enrol onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for £1350 each.
Students can make payment using one of the following methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
What is Included in The Cost Of My Course?

All Course Material, including online modules and written assignments.
Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
Dedicated student support

University Top-Up

If you decide to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree through an accredited UK university, learners would need to apply and fees will be available after . You have the option of finishing on campus, Costs will vary depending on which university you wish to complete your final year.

University of Derby

Top up Final Year in Computing and Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Southampton Solent University

BSc (Hons) Information Technology for Business, duration 9 months

Middlesex University

NOTE: UK/EU students may be eligible for student loans for the top-up portion of their studies. Visit for more information.

Am I Eligible For This Progamme?

To enrol onto the Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education. Before enrolling on to the Level 5 course, you must complete the Level 4 or equivalent.

Level 4 Module Listing

Introduction to Computing

The functioning of computing systems and the basics of design, configuration and routine maintenance are to be taught.

Introduction to Programming

This module examines the basis of OOS and how programming fits into the broader aspects of usage of applications.

Introduction to Databases

Here learners would be to understand the database design and development .This would  enable students to develop and design a database and explore solutions to meet client brief .

Requirements Engineering

Here the analysis of IT and computing needs to develop requirement specifications and develop and test prototypes.Learners should have a sound understanding of programming.

Systems Analysis and Design

Learners would need to understand the IS concepts and how they relate to organisation needs in respect of business processes and this helps transformation of information.

E- Commerce Applications

In the modern world the role of ecommerce is well sought .Here learners would need to identify the  aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements.

Human Computer Interaction

Principles and models of Human Computer Interaction will be taught to the learners and to evaluate existing HCI design and principles . This will help them to plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.

IT and Society

The impact of technology on society will be taught here  and which will explore the trends and changes created. It will examine management issues and potential conflicts in terms of security and data management.

Information Systems Project Management

This module explores the elements of project management information system which will lead to  key to successful development and implementation of specific IT projects. This is very important for the sound running of a company especially when loads of information technology is being used.

Management Information Systems

Management  information systems support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing and this will be important that learners understand this module.

Level 5 Module Listing

Innovative Technologies in Computing

This module looks at innovative trends and disruptive advances taking place and examines the new generation of skills and knowledge that will be required to work successfully in the sector.

Computing Research Methods

Learners will  explore the knowledge and skills that are required to undertake research  and the qualitative and quantitative approaches are required.

Software Development Methodologies

Learners would need to understand  the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modelling approaches.

Computing Project Planning

With information technology evolution managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT Software. learners would be able to differentiate the earlier days of IT and compared to that of today.

Strategic Management Information Systems

Strategic role of MIS within the organisation is very important. It touches every aspects of an organisation.It help to create an impact on the strategy of how to meet the company objectives.

Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in IT

In information technology security plays and important role in order to prevent hacking .learners will learn about  confidentiality, privacy and the law.

Network Design and Management

The principles of networks and networking design and implementation and support of network systems will be taught.

Web Based Development

Learners will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualization and explore its commercial and potential impact. This will create an impact as to how third parties would view the company through its website

Cyber Security

In this era of IT an understanding of the importance of digital security to business is a must as there are too many standards of digital security and it will help to recommend improvements in security.

Advanced Databases

This module focuses on understanding database design and development. Here it includes to understand advanced languages in order to analyse and query database data. Students will research database management and critically test and evaluate databases.

Written Assignments

The ATHE Level 4/5 IT and Computing Course is made up of 10 modules and 10 written assignments at each level. On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments to complete. The assignments should be around 3000-5000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via  the approved center of learning .

The Assignment unit titles for the level 4 course are:

  1. Management Information systems
  2. IT and Society
  3. Computer Systems and Software
  4. Computer Programming
  5. Relational Database Systems
  6. Software Engineering
  7. Systems Analysis and Design
  8. E-commerce Applications
  9. Human Computer Interactions
  10. Information Systems Theory

More information about the Level 4 units can be found here

The Assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:

  1. Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
  2. Network Design
  3. Web Based Development
  4. Database Design And Development
  5. Relational Database Systems
  6. Innovative Technologies in Computing
  7. Computer Research Methods
  8. Managing a Computing Project
  9. Software Development Methodologies
  10. Strategic Management Information systems

More information about the Level 5 units can be found here

Career Path

Students will develop their skills in programming, systems analysis and design, software development. Upon successful completion of the course, students can pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.

Level 4 Sample Certificate

Level 5 Sample Certificate

Undergraduate IT and Computing (Level 4 and 5)

Level 4 Diploma in IT and Computing

Level 5 Diploma in IT and Computing