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Level 4 IT & Computing

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Duration: 10 months

Program pace: Self-pace

Credits: 120 credits

Language: English

Location: Fully Online

Tution Fee: 2.500 €

Equivalent to 1st year of University

Online Business Academy Level 4 IT & Computing is a perfect study program if you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career. The IT & Computing Diploma offered by EduWW Online Business Academy is definitely the course you should consider. The Level 4 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first year of a University Degree.

Our online Level 4 IT and Computing Diploma program carries 120 credits, and it will provide you with the skills required to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of additional materials to help them in the completion of this course. The program is entirely individual and self-paced, which means that students learn on their own.

To enroll in a Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education (high school diploma)

Entry Criteria

These qualifications provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved qualifications at a lower level as well as for learners who do not have IT and Computing qualifications but may have skills in other areas or prior IT & Computing experience in the workplace.

Age: 18 +

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
  • High School Diploma in case a student comes from a country that doesn’t follow the UK education standards
  • Other related Level 3 subjects
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

The Level 4 IT and Computing Course consists of ten modules and ten written assignments. Once students complete modules, they will have to do written assignments. The assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each.

The Assignment unit titles for the Level 4 course are:

  1. Management Information systems
  2. IT and Society
  3. Computer Systems and Software
  4. Computer Programming
  5. Relational Database Systems
  6. Software Engineering
  7. Systems Analysis and Design
  8. E-commerce Applications
  9. Human-Computer Interactions
  10. Information Systems Theory

Career Path

Through this course, students develop skills in programming, systems analysis, design, and software development. Upon successful completion of the course, students can pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.

Assessment at Online Business Academy is a very straightforward process:

  • When you finalize the modules, you will have to complete an online assessment. That assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions. Since they are segmented in sets of five you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour, the test will automatically end.
  • You will get results immediately after the completion of the test. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer,” and you will have to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
  • When you finalize modules, you can take the final written assignments that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules.

This qualification helps you to get a basic understanding of IT and to develop key computing skills. You may have already achieved qualifications in IT at a lower level, or you may not have computing qualifications. You may have already gained qualifications in other areas and/or prior relevant experience in the workplace. This program is particularly suitable if you are seeking to progress to higher education to take a degree course in an area of computing or management, or you wish to progress your career in an IT management role.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to support your progression to further learning. However, through this course, you will get knowledge and understanding of IT and Computing concepts and develop the skills required to work in this industry. This course gives you a comprehensive introduction to the IT industry, enabling you to execute numerous IT roles with confidence. For example, Programming, Management of Information Systems, Web Development, Software Engineering, and even Project Management. Moreover, this program allows you to choose additional units that help you acquire specific knowledge. All this can significantly help in your career development.

This qualification will help you to gain a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to IT across sectors, which will enable you to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in IT & Computing. Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, this program is a natural progression route to a BA degree program in a higher education institution, where you should be able to claim exemptions for some of the units completed. This qualification will help you gain a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to IT across sectors. After finalizing it, you can proceed to a Level 5 studies in IT & Computing.

You should take  Level 4 if you:

  • are relatively new to the IT industry or are seeking an entry-level IT role
  • have already achieved Level 3 qualifications, or completed training at this level in a related area to IT, or have prior, relevant work experience
  • want to develop a comprehensive set of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to IT & Computing
  • have sufficient time to achieve a qualification of 120 credits
  • are planning to embark on a degree course and are looking for a qualification which will be regarded as equivalent to the first year and therefore ‘count towards’ your degree.

EduWW Online Business Academy offers high-quality UK programs at affordable tuition fees. The tuition fee differs depending on the study program. Additionally, we allow students to pay it in monthly installments. 

Students are required to pay enrollment fees, as the first installment of tuition fees, in advance, and the rest will be divided into equal monthly payments. See the table below for more details. 

We accept online payment and wire transfer. The tuition fee covers all our services. We will not impose any additional or hidden expenses on your behalf. 

Program Tuition Fee Enrollment fee  Monthly installments Monthly fee
Level 4 IT 2,500.00 euros 700 euros 10  180 euros

Students are required to pay an enrollment fee of 700 € in advance, while the rest of the tuition fee 1,800.00€ can be paid in up to 10 installments, which is 180€ monthly.

The course is Accredited by the ATHE and approved and regulated by OFQUAL.

Qualification Title

ATHE Level 4 Diploma In Computing

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Available to learners

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Qualification Level

Level 4

European Qualification Framework Level

Level 5

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Course Features

  • Lectures 97
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 0
  • Assessments Yes
  • IT and Society 9

    This module 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.

    • Lecture1.1
      Computers and society: explaining digital citizenship, community and the information age, gender, age, culture
    • Lecture1.2
      Impact of IT in society: understanding the environment, explaining the impact of the information age on social groups
    • Lecture1.3
      IT induced changes for individuals: everyday life, at home, at school, the workplace
    • Lecture1.4
      Social issues: government role in information handling, cultural diversity as a success factor for IT, regional and national perceptions of IT
    • Lecture1.5
      Professional issues: code of ethics, IT professional culture
    • Lecture1.6
      Shaping the future developments: Internet penetration in everyday life, smart devices, social networks, managing data and information
    • Lecture1.7
      Legal issues: IT related liabilities, legislation relating to IT, impact of legislation on systems development
    • Lecture1.8
      Ethical issues: dealing with personal data, ethical systems design and development
    • Lecture1.9
      Risks: computer threats, digital crime, privacy, security, impact of e-everything (e.g. e-marketing, ebanking)
  • Computer Systems and Software 8

    This module will explore the functions of computing systems and the basics of design, configuration, and routine maintenance.

    • Lecture2.1
      Computer components: defining a computer system, system component types
    • Lecture2.2
      Networking infrastructures: system connectivity, network types, hardware infrastructure, networking software
    • Lecture2.3
      Component functionality: processing, memory, system interfaces (input/output)
    • Lecture2.4
      Peripheral devices: limitations of computer systems, designing expandable systems, device types
    • Lecture2.5
      Operating systems: the role of an operating system, OS types
    • Lecture2.6
      Software applications: the role of software applications, functionality and services supported by software, application types
    • Lecture2.7
      Web applications: the impact of the World Wide Web, architecture of web applications, web application types, web services
    • Lecture2.8
      Mobile applications: the role of mobile applications, interface issues, mobility issues, connectivity issues, security issues
  • Computer Programming 10

    This module examines the basis of OOS and how programming fits into the broader aspects of usage of applications.

    • Lecture3.1
      Application Programming Interface (API) evaluation: the need for API, API technologies, API evaluation criteria (security, functionality, usability)
    • Lecture3.2
      Software Development Life Cycle: SDLC importance, SDLC and programming
    • Lecture3.3
      Programming paradigms: procedural programming, functional programming, object-oriented programming
    • Lecture3.4
      Programming language constructs: variables, constants, operators, loops, conditional statements
    • Lecture3.5
      Designing a computer programme: using data models, the role of conceptual modelling, algorithms, pseudocode
    • Lecture3.6
      Developing a computer programme: structuring a simple program
    • Lecture3.7
      Testing a program: testing programming practices, testing data structures, testing algorithm
    • Lecture3.8
      Analysing test results: test reports, verification, validation
    • Lecture3.9
      Evaluating feedback: user evaluation, the role of software documentation dealing with integration, installation, deployment, updates
    • Lecture3.10
      Improving a program: change requests, scalability, maintenance, support
  • Relational Database Systems 12

    This module will enable understanding of database design and development and enable students to develop and design a database and explore solutions to meet client brief. Learners will learn how to design a database.

    • Lecture4.1
      DBMS: DBMS overview, DBMS types
    • Lecture4.2
      Database architectures: data models, data schemas, DBMS levels
    • Lecture4.3
      Big data: big data explained, big data management, applications of big data
    • Lecture4.4
      Transaction processing: concepts, transaction processing systems, OLTP, OLAP
    • Lecture4.5
      Data integrity: data quality management, quality control in DBMS, data integrity explained, data security
    • Lecture4.6
      Database relationships: relationships, joins, keys
    • Lecture4.7
      Integrity constraints: referential integrity, domain integrity, entity integrity, foreign key integrity
    • Lecture4.8
      Functional dependencies: schema normalisation, normal forms
    • Lecture4.9
      Database administration: the role of the DBA, DBA skills and responsibilities
    • Lecture4.10
      Relational database design: design fundamentals, logical vs. physical design
    • Lecture4.11
      Database documentation: stakeholders for database documentation, documentation types
    • Lecture4.12
      Database evaluation: performance evaluation benchmarks, verification, validation
  • Software Engineering 9

    This module is concerned with the analysis of IT and computing needs to develop requirement specifications and develop and test prototypes.

    • Lecture5.1
      Software engineering principles, software development process, software development management
    • Lecture5.2
      Traditional software development approaches, software process modelling, agile software development
    • Lecture5.3
      Software modelling, system interaction, system structure, system behaviour
    • Lecture5.4
      Analysis tasks, design tasks, Implementation tasks
    • Lecture5.5
      Software development and business information, organisational aspects of system development
    • Lecture5.6
      Programming teams, software engineering roles, software engineering tasks
    • Lecture5.7
      Project management for software development, project planning, business process reengineering
    • Lecture5.8
      Data modelling, object oriented analysis and design, behavioural models
    • Lecture5.9
      Data verification, data validation
  • System Analysis and Design 9

    This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to organization needs in respect of business processes and transformation of information.

    • Lecture6.1
      Systems development lifecycle: waterfall, V-shape, spiral
    • Lecture6.2
      Systems development methods: SSADM, DSDM, agile, prototyping
    • Lecture6.3
      Systems analysis: requirements elicitation, stakeholder analysis, systems design process
    • Lecture6.4
      Information gathering techniques: interviews, observation, documentation investigation, surveys, focus groups
    • Lecture6.5
      Business requirements: using client briefs, feasibility study, analysis of system components
    • Lecture6.6
      Design processes: process specification, data flow diagrams, entity relationship diagrams, using UML
    • Lecture6.7
      Present solution: feasibility plan, requirements elicitation
    • Lecture6.8
      Design specification: process specification, data flow diagram, entity relationship diagram
    • Lecture6.9
      Proposed solution: implementation plan, deployment plan, post-implementation planning
  • E-Commerce Applications 12

    This module explores the role of eCommerce 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. Human Computer Interaction This module will develop students understanding of principles and models of Human Computer Interaction and evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.

    • Lecture7.1
      Stages: understanding e-commerce concepts
    • Lecture7.2
      Differences between ecommerce and e-business: e-business defined, overview of e-business models, benefits of e-commerce for businesses, e-commerce versus e-business
    • Lecture7.3
      Opportunities and benefits
    • Lecture7.4
      Threats: identifying e-commerce threats, risk assessment in e-commerce, dealing with Internet threats, infrastructure practices techniques and tools for dealing with e-commerce threats
    • Lecture7.5
      E-commerce strategies: developing an e-commerce strategy, assessing e-commerce readiness, measuring effectiveness of e-commerce solutions
    • Lecture7.6
      E-commerce models: modelling e-commerce transactions, importance of e-commerce transaction models, overview of e-commerce transaction models
    • Lecture7.7
      E-commerce revenue models: creating online revenue, historical evolution of e-commerce transactions, current and future e-commerce revenue models
    • Lecture7.8
      E-marketing techniques
    • Lecture7.9
      E-commerce applications – implementation strategies for e-commerce applications, identifying ecommerce application requirements, designing an e-commerce solution
    • Lecture7.10
      Create online presence
    • Lecture7.11
    • Lecture7.12
      Present solution – deployment of e-commerce solutions, integration with legacy systems, maintenance and support of e-commerce applications, catering for multiple platforms and different users
  • Human Computer Interaction 10

    • Lecture8.1
      Cognitive and perceptual principles/laws: HCI origins, perception and attention, Norman’s theory of interaction, Hyck-Hyman response-selection law, Fitts’ law
    • Lecture8.2
      User interface design rules
    • Lecture8.3
      Interaction: HCI interaction styles, the interaction design process, user analysis, evaluating interfaces against requirements
    • Lecture8.4
      Plan: storyboards, navigation, screen content
    • Lecture8.5
      Apply: task-centred user interface evaluation, usability evaluation, methods for evaluating user interfaces
    • Lecture8.6
      Justify: user interface specification, user interface fundamental principles, the role of user interface prototypes, user interface development process
    • Lecture8.7
      Conclude: user interface design basics, best practices and principles in user interface design, techniques for designing user interfaces
    • Lecture8.8
      Generate: identifying application requirements for user interface design, selecting success criteria for user interface design, aligning user interface components to user functionality
    • Lecture8.9
      Critique: performing a usability evaluation of user interfaces, testing visual components, assessing interface structure and layout, testing alternative navigation designs, evaluating interface accessibility
    • Lecture8.10
      Revise: performing cooperative evaluation of interface designs, obtaining user feedback, assessing interface design success
  • Information Systems Project Management 10

    This module explores elements of project management key to successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.

    • Lecture9.1
      Comparing information systems: IS scope, IS structure, IS functionality
    • Lecture9.2
      Evaluating information systems: IS success criteria, IS integration, IS deployment, IS use
    • Lecture9.3
      Information system’s needs: user needs analysis, task needs analysis
    • Lecture9.4
      Project plan: project management techniques, planning IS projects
    • Lecture9.5
      Feasibility planning: feasibility study, feasibility report
    • Lecture9.6
      Requirements elicitation: requirements capture, requirements analysis, requirements specification, requirements report
    • Lecture9.7
      Implementing an IS project: project management stages
    • Lecture9.8
      Developing an information system: design, coding, testing, deployment
    • Lecture9.9
      Evaluating an information system: user evaluation, feedback mechanisms, testing
    • Lecture9.10
      Improving an information system: change requests, scalability, bug fixing, planned maintenance, support
  • Management Information Systems 8

    This module focusses on understanding concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.

    • Lecture10.1
      Different types of information: routine, exception, summary
    • Lecture10.2
      Features of information system: common features information system, how support information system, common features computer systems, systems and application software, digital systems/applications
    • Lecture10.3
      Data security including storage: backup, archive, hack, ethical use of information, DPA, etc
    • Lecture10.4
      IS for competitive advantage: enterprise systems, supply chain management, customer relationship management, knowledge management systems
    • Lecture10.5
      MIS and performance: managing assets and operations (equipment, software, networks, individuals, procedures, resources)
    • Lecture10.6
      MIS effectiveness: impact of MIS, principles for effective information management
    • Lecture10.7
      MIS improvements: studying people, studying technology, studying organisations
    • Lecture10.8
      MIS extensions: process identification, process selection, assessment of current processes, process plan, process changes