BSc Degree (Top-Up)

3 Years

The computer studies level 4 and 5 (first and second year of university degree programme) gives you flexibility to gain a higher qualification with a top up degree in BSC at a British university.

Year One

Level 4 Diploma in Computing

The Level 4 Diploma in Computing is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing. It is equivalent in size and level to the first year of a degree programme in computing.

Duration

1 year

Fees

Available upon request

Modules

Learners must complete all 10 mandatory units.

 

  • Human Computer Interaction
    Learners will develop understanding of principles and models of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). They will evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype user interface. They will formulate design documentation to plan an interface for a product. Learners will implement the plan to create a prototype. Learners will review and amend the prototype based on user feedback.
  • Management Information Systems
    Learners will investigate different management information systems and evaluate the common features. They will analyse an existing information system in use by an organisation. They will review records, observe performance and understand the legal and organisational requirements that apply to an information system. They will use their findings to recommend improvements to a management information system and they will present their findings to a client.
  • IT and Society
    Learners will understand ethical, legal and regulatory issues relating to IT. They will also understand the impact of IT on society.
  • Computer Programming
    Learners will use different tools and techniques to design, implement and test programs, following the system life cycle. They will use an appropriate programming language and learn about the principles of good programming to enable them to create computer programs.
  • Computer Systems and Software
    This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the integration of hardware and software components. Learners will explore how hardware serves specific computer processing functions and investigate the use of various software applications.
  • Relational Database Systems
    This unit will develop learners’ understanding of database systems and data analysis and modelling. They will understand how normalisation and functional dependency theory is used to design a relational database and how the client-server model is used.
  • Information Systems Theory and Practice
    Learners will understand the benefits of using information systems to plan a project. They will use an information system to plan and implement an information systems project.
  • Systems Analysis and Design
    Learners will be able to understand the systems development life cycle and the role of systems methodologies within the life cycle. Learners will be introduced to different fact finding and problem solving techniques and they will use these to analyse an existing system. They will recommend improvements and plan to implement these improvements for a client.
  • eCommerce Applications
    Learners will learn about different eCommerce models and applications and how they can be used to develop eCommerce in a small business. They will research the stages involved in setting up eCommerce and they will use eCommerce applications to meet a client brief.
  • Software Engineering
    Learners will gain an understanding of the need for software engineering and the different methods and techniques.

Entry Criteria

Age: 19 + Entry profile:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 3 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Apply now: admissions@manchestercollegeoflaw.co.uk

Year Two

Level 5 Diploma in Computing

The Level 5 Diploma in Computing is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing. It is equivalent to the second year of a degree programme in computing and learners may progress into employment in the sector or into the final year of a bachelor’s degree.

Duration

1 year

Fees

Available upon request

Modules

Learners must complete all 10 mandatory units

 

  • Cyber Security
    Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of cyber security to organisations. They will understand industry standards of cyber security and be able to recommend improvements in security to a client’s network.
  • Web-Based Development
    Learners will develop an understanding of web-based development. They will research different technologies that can be used to create dynamic and interactive websites and they will use this research to develop their own website. They will investigate e-marketing and SEO techniques to promote websites and they will suggest appropriate techniques to solve a business problem. Learners will create a back end database to allow the database to interact with the website. They will critically review the web-based solution against client requirements.
  • Innovative Technologies in Computing
    Learners will develop an understanding of innovative developments in technology and their impact on the computer industry.
  • Software Development Methodologies
    Learners will learn about using software development methodologies to develop an information system.
  • Network Design
    Learners will learn IT network design fundamentals and will design a network for a client in accordance with a design brief.
  • Database Design and Development
    Learners will extend their understanding of database design and development. They will research database management systems and will design and implement a complex database.
  • Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
    Learners will develop an understanding of ethical, legal and regulatory issues and professional responsibilities relating to working in IT.
  • Strategic Management Information Systems
    Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of integrating organisational strategy with information systems and the tools and techniques that can be used to analyse strategy. They will analyse business processes and recommend improvements.
  • Managing a Computing Project
    Learners will find out about different project management tools and techniques that can be used when managing a computing project. They will use tools and techniques to plan, implement and review their own computing project.
  • Computing Research Methods
    Learners will develop an understanding of different computer-based research methods. They will plan their own research and carry out a research project based on an area of interest within computer science.

 

Progression Routes

Learners who complete this qualification can progress onto a variety of bachelor degree top-up programmes at a university, including those where we have progression agreements.
Entry Criteria

Age: 19 + Entry profile:

  • Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 4 or above
  • A level 4 qualification
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Apply now: admissions@manchestercollegeoflaw.co.uk

 

Year Three

BSc Degree (Top-Up)

OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology

Overview

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology is designed to ensure that each learner is a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of Information Technology, and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change at a junior or middle management level and aspiring into higher management within their organisation or industry. The qualification is ideal for those who have started, or are planning to move into, a career in private or public sector business.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 5 diploma or equivalent recognised qualification
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page in this website

Equivalences

OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 6 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

  • Advanced Computer Networks (20 credits)
  • Advanced Data Analytics (20 credits)
  • Advanced Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • Management Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Computers, Society and Law (20 credits)
  • Computing Projects (20 credits)

Duration

1 year

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Progressions

This Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology qualification has been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. Successful completion of this qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.

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