1Course Overview

IT and Computing Level 4 and 5

Course code: OBS029

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Develop your skills in IT and Computing from home and achieve an Ofqual regulated Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Computing.

Combining both Level 4 and 5, this course teaches and explains the ins and outs of IT and Computing.

It is ideal for:

  • Increasing your knowledge of IT software and computing systems
  • Learners that want to go onto university and further learning
  • Those aspiring to work or progress their career in IT and Computing

This course allows you to:

  • Fast track your skills to the final year of university standard
  • Develop your knowledge of programming and software development
  • Understand the role of IT in society
  • Study from home at your own pace

This course provides you with the equivalent skills and education of the first two years of an Undergraduate degree, at a pace that suits you.

Join over 75,000 other students who chose to improve their education and boost their employability through distance learning.

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2Course Content
Level 4 -
Module 1: Introduction to Computing
  • Explore the fundamental components of computing including design, maintenance and configuration. 
Module 2: Introduction to Programming
  • Examine the basis of OOS and the role of programming into the broader aspects of the usage of applications. 
Module 3: Introduction to Databases
  • Understand database design and development and explore solutions to meet briefs and operations. 
Module 4: Requirements Engineering
  • Explore the requirements of IT and computing and analyse the role that they play in developing specifications and prototypes. 
Module 5: Systems Analysis and Design
  • Understand IS concepts and how the affect the needs of an organisation, including business processes and tranforming information. 
Module 6: E-Commerce Applications
  • Explore the role that eCommerce plays in the modern world, particularly identifying aims and objectives and design issues that arise due to requirements. 
Module 7: Human Computer Interaction
  • Understand the principles of Human Computer interaction and evaluate HCI design and principles. 
Module 8: IT and Society
  • Examine the impact of technology on society and the trends and changes that it creates. Explore the potential conflicts regarding security and data management. 
Module 9: Information Systems Project Management
  • Explore project management and the role it plays in the development and implementation of specific IT projects. 
Module 10: Management Information Systems
  • Understand concepts of information systems and the role they play in supporting the needs of a business. 
Level 5 -
Module 1: Innovative Technologies in Computing
  • Discover innovative trends and disruptive advantages, and examine the new skills and knowledge of the current generation to be successful in the sector. 
Module 2: Computing Research Methods
  • Learn the skills required to undertake research as well as the qualitative and quantitative appraches required to work in this field. 
Module 3: Software Development Methodologies
  • Explore the role of systems engineering in developing software and various data models, software and processes. 
Module 4: Computing Project Planning
  • Understand how to create and manage projects using IT software and how this has different through the change of time. 
Module 5: Strategic Management Information Systems
  • Develop and understand the strategic role of MIS within an organisation and the impact it has on its outcomes and strategy plan. 
Module 6: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in IT
  • Explore current issues in the IT sector and how these may impact on areas of security, confidentiality, privacy and the law.
Module 7: Network Design and Management
  • Explore the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.
Module 8: Web-Based Development
  • Evaluate the design, deployment and management of virtualisation and its impact within a business, both commercially and potentially. 
Module 9: Cyber Security
  • Understand the importance of digital security within a business, its industry standards and recommendations that could be made for improvement. 
Module 10:  Advanced Databases
  • Learn the fundamentals of database design and development, including analysing and querying. 
3Other Information

This course is assessed through online assessments and written assignments. Once you have completed each module, you will be provided with an online assessment of 30 multiple-choice questions to complete.

Once each module and online assessment is completed you will be provided with the details for each written assessment. Each assessment is between 3000 – 5000 words long.

The assessment titles for Level 4 are:

  • Management Information systems
  • IT and Society
  • Computer Systems and Software
  • Computer Programming
  • Relational Database Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • E-commerce Applications
  • Human Computer Interactions
  • Information Systems Theory

The assessment titles for Level 5 are:

  • Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
  • Network Design
  • Web Based Development
  • Database Design and Development
  • Relational Database Systems
  • Innovative Technologies in Computing
  • Computer Research Methods
  • Managing a Computing Project
  • Software Development Methodologies
  • Strategic Management Information systems
Course Duration

You will have access to your course and materials for 5 years . This is more than enough time to give you flexibility to work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Each module contains 40 guided learning hours of study material, and an additional 30-50 hours of optional materials are also provided. These include resources such as exercises, additional reading, internet resources and self-testing exercises. 

Study Method

You will study this course via distance learning which means you are in control of your learning. Study when and where you choose and at a pace that suits you.

Throughout the duration of your studies, you will have access to 1-2-1 skype sessions with your tutor, interactive and informative webinars and an online social learning forum to help you along your journey.

Course Outcomes

This course is taught via Online Business School.

Upon completion of this course, students will receive an ATHE Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Computing. This qualification is fully regulated by Ofqual.

The Level 4 modules and assessments are equivalent to the first year of an Undergraduate degree, and the Level 5 modules and assessments are equivalent to the second year of an Undergraduate degree. On completion of this course, students will be able to progress onto a final year of an accredited Undergraduate Degree programme or equivalent.

This course will allow you to achieve up to 240 credits.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

In order to enrol onto this course, you must be at least 18 years of age and have completed secondary education.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have 5 year to complete your studies. This course is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online Social Learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I have to sit an exam?

No. This course is assessed based on tutor-marked assignments.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Each online multiple-choice assessment will be marked immediately, and the results will be shown on screen.

Once you have completed your written assessments, these will be marked and returned to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certificate.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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