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IT and Networking Level 4 and Level 5


Do you see yourself making a career in the IT industry? This IT and Networking Level 4 and Level 5 course package could be perfect for you.

Course duration

Up to five years.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Information Technology (603/4781/8) and a Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in IT - Networking (603/4792/2).

Entry requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age to enrol onto this course and need to have completed secondary education.


Six written assignments at level 4 and six written assignments at level 5.

Study Options

This course is only available to study online.

Study Options

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Course code: OBS060
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Course overview

This IT and Networking Level 4 and 5 course package is ideal for individuals who have completed high school education (GCSEs or equivalent) and are considering working towards a university degree.

During the Level 4 course, you will explore the purpose of computer systems, software engineering, E-commerce applications, and much more.

Meanwhile, during the Level 5 course, you will explore network security, system administration, network design and administration, and much more.

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.

  • You will develop your understanding of the integration of hardware and software components.

  • You will use different tools and techniques to design, implement, and test programmes, following the system life cycle.

  • This unit will develop your understanding of database systems and data analysis and modelling.

  • You will gain an understanding of the need for software engineering and the different methods and techniques.

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

  • You will explore 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.

  • This unit 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.

  • You will explore elements of project management key to the successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.

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

  • You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to design a network, i.e. how to scale and connect different networks to form an effective inter-connecting network.
  • The unit covers hierarchal network design; gathering network requirements; identifying network performance issues.

  • This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a new techno business.
  • The characteristics of entrepreneurs.
  • Planning.
  • Marketing.
  • Finance.

  • You will gain the knowledge of network security in issues in a networked environment and the process of preventing and detection common security incidents.

  • This unit will provide you with the basic concepts and principles of ASP.NET programming using C#.
  • You will learn to understand how to create dynamic web pages using server-side programming techniques.

  • You will gain the knowledge to administer a system in Linux and Windows.
  • User and group management.
  • File system management.
  • Task automation.
  • Shell scripting.
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers.
  • Mail servers.
  • Domain name servers.
  • Files and printers sharing.
  • Basic utilities and tools.
  • Application management.
  • Registry.
  • Local and group policies.
  • Backup policies.
  • Restore policies.
  • Performance tuning.

  • This unit will provide you with the knowledge to carry out switching and the knowledge and skills needed to carry out routing.
  • How to set up and configure a router and switches to interconnect a multi-area network.
  • Computer networks routing and switching including Router Information Protocol (RIP).
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).

  • This will enable you to design a network i.e. to scale and connect different networks to form an effective inter-connecting network.
  • Hierarchal network design.
  • Gathering network requirements.
  • Identifying network performance issues.

Awarding body

Qualifi are recognised as an awarding organisation by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Their qualifications meet the demands of employers and learners both vocationally and academically. Qualifi allow learners to achieve degrees and masters degrees through their progression routes with universities.

Meanwhile, Online Business School offer learning pathways for you with a fast track through to a UK university qualification, either on campus or online learning.

They work with Ofqual-recognised awarding organisations for the verification of our programmes. These standards ensure that people who study an Online Business School course receive a high-level quality education alongside a certificate that is recognised universally by universities and employers.

Extra information

Once enrolled, you have five years to complete your studies.

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 one-to-one Skype sessions with your tutor, interactive and informative webinars and an online social learning forum to help you along your journey.

This qualification is assessed internally through tutor-marked assignments at the end of each unit.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Information Technology (603/4781/8) and a Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in IT – Networking (603/4792/2).

The level 4 and 5 courses are equivalent to the first and second year of a degree course, so upon successfully completing this course, you can top up your qualifications with a full undergraduate degree through an accredited UK university. We recommend making sure your chosen university accepts these qualifications.


You must be at least 18 years of age and have completed secondary school education.

You will have five years from enrolment to complete this course.

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