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Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice, Diploma

Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice, Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
This Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice diploma at The Open University UK is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

About

Key features of the Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice course at The Open University UK

  • A unique work-based qualification
  • Builds on the skills you already have to provide you with a broad-based foundation in computing and IT
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

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.

Career relevance

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time – 4 years Full time – N/A Time limit – 12 years

  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to computing and information technology
  • Career development and employability
  • Discovering mathematics
  • Essential mathematics
  • Technologies in practice

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

To successfully complete the two compulsory work-based modules for this qualification, whatever your chosen career, you must:

  • be engaged in full-time or part-time employment – either paid or voluntary
  • have permission to carry out work-based learning tasks in your work setting
  • confirm that the work you submit is based on your practice in that setting.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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