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    Diploma in IT and Computing

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

    This course is delivered via Online Business School - UK

    $671.99 per level or $839.99 for two levels together

    If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Computing Diploma offered by A1 Study Center is definitely a course you should consider.

    The Level 4 modules and assignments of this course 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.

    Our online Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma course is a 240-credit course, it includes 10 modules and written assignments at each level. The course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services, including Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma course.

    Course fees

    The fee for enrolling onto the level 4 and level 5 courses together is $839.99Alternatively students can enrol onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for $671.99 each.

    Students can make payment using one of the following methods:

    • Credit or debit card
    • Bank transfer
    • Interest free monthly instalments
    • Paypal
    • Western Union
    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
    Access to an online social learning forum
    Assignment marking and feedback
    FREE NUS Extra card worth $27

    Free CV writing help on completion of the course.

    University top-up

    If you decide to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree through an accredited UK university, the costs are as follows. Please note, the below costs are for distance learning/online only. 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)$6,036

    Southampton Solent University

    BSc (Hons) Information Technology for Business, fee $123, duration 9 months

    University of Lincoln

    BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Information Systems) Top-Up
    BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Network Technology) Top-Up

    University of Portsmouth

    BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies

    BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

    BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems top-up degree – $40

    Middlesex University

    BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (final year)

    BSc (Hons) Information Technology & Business Information Systems (top up)

    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 enroling on to the Level 5 course, you must complete the Level 4 or equivalent.

    Level 4 module listing

    Introduction to computing

    This module will explore the functions of computing systems and the basics of design, configuration and routine maintenance.

    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

    This module will enable understanding of database design and development and enable students to develop and design a database and explore solutions to meet client brief . Learners will learn how to design a database.

    Requirements engineering

    This module is concerned with the analysis of IT and computing needs to develop requirement specifications and develop and test prototypes.

    Systems analysis and design

    This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to organisation needs in respect of business processes and transformation of information.

    E- Commerce applications

    This module explores the role of e-commerce in the modern world and in particular the identification of aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements.

    Human computer interaction

    This module will develop students understanding of principles and models of human computer interaction and evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.

    IT and society

    This module examines the impact of technology on society and explores 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 elements of project management key to successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.

    Management information systems

    This module focuses on understanding concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.

    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

    This module will explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in this field and the qualitative and quantitative approaches required including use of literature and design of research proposals.

    Software development methodologies

    This module looks at the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modelling approaches.

    Computing project planning

    Creating and managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT software, this module focuses on how being a project manager in the 80’s differs to being a project manager in today’s world.

    Strategic management information systems

    This module is concerned with developing an understanding of the strategic role of MIS within the organisation and how it impacts on the broader objectives and strategy of the business.

    Ethical, legal and professional issues in IT

    This module explores current issues in the IT sector and how these may impact on areas of security, confidentiality, privacy and the law.

    Network design and management

    This module explores the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.

    Web based development

    This module will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualisation and explore its commercial and potential impact.

    Cyber security

    This module will enable an understanding of the importance of digital security to business, to understand industry standards of digital security and be able to recommend improvements in security.

    Advanced databases

    This module focuses on understanding database design and development includes advanced languages 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. The assignments are approximately 5,000-8,000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the ‘Tutor’ section of the learning platform.

    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

    Whilst studying this course 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.

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