Key features of the Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice course at The Open University UK
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
Skills for career development
If you work, or would like to work, with computing and IT systems in hardware, software, or systems-based contexts, this course is for you. You will learn the principles of these technologies, how to apply them, and surrounding issues to be aware of. During this course you will gain valuable experience of working in a team to tackle a small development task. You will be well prepared for further study should you decide to top up to an honours degree, and you will gain valuable transferable skills in communication, the use of IT facilities, retrieval of information, numeracy, time management and organisation, and analysing and solving problems.
Finance, government, business, commerce, public services such as health and education, and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. This diploma course is an ideal starting point for a career in any of these sectors, focusing on information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields, or to enhance your existing career.
Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area.
Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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Part time – 4 years Full time – N/A Time limit – 12 years
To successfully complete the two compulsory work-based modules for this qualification, whatever your chosen career, you must:
This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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