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Level 5 Diploma in 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 2nd year of University

Online Business Academy Level 5 IT & Computing studies take you more into depth to turn your passion for computers into a career. The IT & Computing program offered by EduWW Online Business Academy is the course you should consider.

The Level 5 IT and Computing course modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a University degree, carrying 120 credits. The program will equip you with the skills you need to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of additional materials to help in the completion of the program. The program is entirely individual and self-paced, which means that students learn on their own.

Age: 19 +

Entry profile:

  • Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 4 or above
  • A level 4 qualification, for example, an Level 4 Diploma in Computing
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

The Level 5 IT and Computing Course consists of 10 modules and 10 written assignments at each level. When a student completes the module, they will get access to the assignments. These assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each.

The Assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:

  1. Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
  2. Network Design
  3. Web-Based Development
  4. Database Design And Development
  5. Relational Database Systems
  6. Innovative Technologies in Computing
  7. Computer Research Methods
  8. Managing a Computing Project
  9. Software Development Methodologies
  10. Strategic Management Information systems

Career Path

Through this course, a student will develop skills in programming, systems analysis, design and software development, and engineering, project management. 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 an online module, you’ll have to complete an online assessment that consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions. They are divided into sets of five, so 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 you finish 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 will then be able to take the final written assignments that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules.

This program will help you acquire an understanding of IT and to develop key computing skills. It is suitable for those who have achieved IT qualifications at a lower level or have prior relevant work experience. This qualification is particularly relevant if you are seeking to progress to higher education to take a BA 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 your progression to further learning. This program is equal to the second year of a bachelor’s degree and covers the same amount of knowledge and skills. Therefore, it is a natural progression route to a degree program in a higher education institution, where you should be able to claim exemptions for some of the units completed. After finalizing Level 5 in IT, you can proceed to Level 6 in Business and Management at our Online Business Academy. That will expand your area of expertise and increase your employability rate.

You should take the Level 5 program if you:

  • are relatively new to the IT industry or are seeking a first IT role
  • have already achieved Level 4 qualifications, completed training at this level in a related area to IT, or have prior, relevant experience in the workplace
  • 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 5 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 5 Diploma In Computing

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Available to learners

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Qualification Level

Level 5

European Qualification Framework Level

Level 5

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Course Features

  • Lectures 97
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 0
  • Assessments Yes
  • Cyber Security 7

    This module will enable an understanding of the importance of digital security to business, to understand industry standards of digital security and be able to recommend improvements in security.

    • Lecture1.1
      Cyber security risks: authentication, educating staff, software and hardware vulnerabilities
    • Lecture1.2
      Network vulnerabilities: network vulnerability analysis, network exposures, conducting network vulnerability scans, vulnerability verification and reporting
    • Lecture1.3
      Impact of cyber security: network security concepts, network security threats, security attacks
    • Lecture1.4
      Cyber security management: cyber risk management, reducing cyber risks, information risk management regimes
    • Lecture1.5
      Cyber security strategies: identifying security objectives, assessing network security threats, dealing with security challenges, tackling cyber crime
    • Lecture1.6
      Network security improvements: network monitoring, security controls, network boundaries, security configuration, user privileges, incident handling
    • Lecture1.7
      Training in network security: user awareness, network security training, prevention mechanisms
  • Database Design and Development 12

    This module focuses on understanding database design and development includes advanced languages to analyze and query database data. Students will research database management and critically test and evaluate databases.

    • Lecture2.1
      Developing databases for organisations: organisational structures, data elements, data sets, forms and reports
    • Lecture2.2
      Database design: entities, relationships, attributes, keys, data types, normalisation
    • Lecture2.3
      Database connectivity: connecting databases to applications, relational database connectivity, ODBC, JDBC
    • Lecture2.4
      Database management systems
    • Lecture2.5
      Planning relational database design: database requirements, ERD, DFD, data dictionary, decomposition, functional dependencies
    • Lecture2.6
      Database design: designing database table, creating database indexes and constraints, designing SQL queries, forms, macros, security
    • Lecture2.7
      Normalisation: identifying insufficiency of normal forms, comparing normal forms, 1NF, 2NF and 3NF, de-normalisation
    • Lecture2.8
      Database construction: advanced SQL queries, user actions
    • Lecture2.9
      Implementing database features: database security features, database links (LAMP, WAMP), graphical user interfaces (GUI)
    • Lecture2.10
      Database testing: testing plans, database components, extreme data, error handling
    • Lecture2.11
      Database documentation, database architecture, database documentation components
    • Lecture2.12
      Database development review: design review, code inspection, security inspection, post implementation review
  • Web-Based Development 13

    This module will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualization and explore its commercial and potential impact.

    • Lecture3.1
      Web services: introduction to web services, data exchange, WSDL, SOAP, RDF, XML
    • Lecture3.2
      Web applications: websites development, database design, three-tiered architecture, interface design
    • Lecture3.3
      E-marketing techniques: e-marketing strategies, e-marketing channels, social media, SEO
    • Lecture3.4
      Issues relating to e-marketing deployment: legislation, ethics, social acceptance
    • Lecture3.5
      Web-based solutions: web page development, web interface design, accessibility issues, usability issues
    • Lecture3.6
      E-marketing development: identifying suitable SEO strategies, SEO techniques, e-marketing techniques and tools
    • Lecture3.7
      Back-end design: server side development, WAMP, PHP, SQL
    • Lecture3.8
      Multimedia techniques: integrating multimedia to web interfaces, multimedia techniques (e.g. virtual light box, wow slider)
    • Lecture3.9
      Web services: web service specification, publishing web services, using web services
    • Lecture3.10
      Review implemented technologies and their appropriateness to solve business problem
    • Lecture3.11
      Evaluate: evaluating web services, mapping web services to user needs, the role of web services in web application development
    • Lecture3.12
      Justify: reviewing SEO practices, success criteria for SEO techniques, assessing SEO practices and their suitability for specific web applications
    • Lecture3.13
      Reflect: web application development methods, web application deployment, web application maintenance, skills for web application development
  • Network Design 12

    This module explores the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.

    • Lecture4.1
      Network protocols: the role of a network protocol, protocol types, network protocol examples
    • Lecture4.2
      Network hardware and software: networking devices, networking applications, network operating systems
    • Lecture4.3
      Wireless networks: wireless network types, wireless network devices, uses of wireless networks
    • Lecture4.4
      Network management: network monitoring, device management, network management systems
    • Lecture4.5
      Network requirements: bandwidth, availability, application connectivity
    • Lecture4.6
      Networking evaluation: evaluation methodologies, assessing network objectives, evaluation results
    • Lecture4.7
      Network design: topology, forecasting networking needs, network traffic
    • Lecture4.8
      Networking solutions: client devices, access points, network unification, network management
    • Lecture4.9
      Network architecture: types of networks, topologies, physical infrastructure
    • Lecture4.10
      Network testing: identifying testing objectives, testing criteria, testing results
    • Lecture4.11
      Network performance: selecting performance criteria, measuring network performance
    • Lecture4.12
      Network security: network auditing, dealing with network threats, security measures, security policy
  • Strategic Management Information Systems 10

    This module is concerned with developing an understanding of the strategic role of MIS within the organization and how it impacts on the broader objectives and strategy of the business.

    • Lecture6.1
      Information Systems explained: data versus information, information needs, system functionality
    • Lecture6.2
      Organisational strategy: structure, capabilities, corporate culture, performance criteria, operations
    • Lecture6.3
      Integrating IS: strategy support, data processing, decision support, communication support, resource management
    • Lecture6.4
      The role of IS in organisations: market awareness, organisational responsiveness, supply chain management
    • Lecture6.5
      Strategic management tools and techniques – Porter’s forces, BCG matrix, SWOT analysis, marketing mix, Ansoff matrix, PESTLE analysis, Maslow’s hierarchy, 7S method
    • Lecture6.6
      IS integration – understanding legacy systems, vertical integration, horizontal integration, star integration
    • Lecture6.7
      IS organisational needs – planning organisational level analysis, job analysis, task analysis, needs analysis
    • Lecture6.8
      IS strategy – scope, planning, identifying IT needs, decision making, implementing the strategy
    • Lecture6.9
      IT strategy implementation – stakeholder analysis, mapping current situation, justifying decisions, scheduling the implementation, developing an IT policy
    • Lecture6.10
      IT risks – financial, technical, information related, user related, corporate culture
  • Innovative Technologies in Computing 6

    This module looks at innovative trends and disruptive advances taking place and examines the new generation of skills and knowledge that will be required to work successfully in the sector.

    • Lecture7.1
      Innovative technologies – current developments: big data exploration, cloud system deployment, ubiquitous computing
    • Lecture7.2
      Technology innovation and society: knowledge society, social media, technology enhanced innovation processes
    • Lecture7.3
      Evaluating technology innovation: methods for evaluating innovation, technology evaluation, impact of technology innovation (success and failure)
    • Lecture7.4
      Dependencies between technology and its environment: technology and environment, technology sustainability, sustainable development
    • Lecture7.5
      Technological innovation and ethics: new ethical dilemmas, privacy, security
    • Lecture7.6
      Technological innovation and legislation: IPR, patents, copyright
  • Computer Research Methods 10

    This module will explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in this field and the qualitative and quantitative approaches required including use of literature and design of research proposals.

    • Lecture8.1
      Research techniques: desk research, ethnography, focus groups, interviews, online communities, mobile research, surveys
    • Lecture8.2
      Sampling techniques: probability-based, selective, convenience-based, ethnographic methods
    • Lecture8.3
      Ethics and research: ethical standards, ethics principles, ethics approval
    • Lecture8.4
      Data analysis techniques: qualitative methods, quantitative methods, data analysis tools
    • Lecture8.5
      Research proposal structure: focus, relevant literature, method, ethics, decisions, schedule, resources, references
    • Lecture8.6
      Data collection methods: exploratory, descriptive, analytical/explanatory, predictive
    • Lecture8.7
      Research proposal feasibility: scope, topic selection, structure, managing time, managing data collection
    • Lecture8.8
      Data collection: primary data, secondary data
    • Lecture8.9
      Data analysis: scientific rigor, deductive, inductive
    • Lecture8.10
      Reporting: research outline, research foundation, research methodology, research results, research evaluation, research process reflection
  • Computing Project Planning 9

    Creating and managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT Software, this Module focuses on how being a project manager in the 80’s differs to being a project manager in today’s world.

    • Lecture9.1
      Project planning methods: project specification, project plan structure, performance criteria
    • Lecture9.2
      Project team structure: project roles, team structure, managing and motivating members
    • Lecture9.3
      Project management tools: brainstorming, fishbone Diagrams, Critical Path Analysis flow diagrams, Gantt Charts
    • Lecture9.4
      Project quality explained: defining quality, quality characteristics, quality assurance, quality control
    • Lecture9.5
      Project plan structure: work breakdown structure, logic network
    • Lecture9.6
      Managing project risks: understanding risks, risk factors, risk assessment risk management strategies
    • Lecture9.7
      Monitoring project progress: measuring progress, schedule plans, dealing with problems, PRINCE2
    • Lecture9.8
      Project evaluation: evaluation plan, interpreting data, communicating results
    • Lecture9.9
      Post completion report: deliverable assessment, maintenance needs, project impact
  • Software Development Technologies 6

    This module looks at the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modeling approaches.

    • Lecture10.1
      Systems lifecycle: information systems development, the lifecycle approach, software development lifecycle
    • Lecture10.2
      Approaches in software development: data, processes, people, organisations, project management techniques
    • Lecture10.3
      Software development methods: process oriented, object oriented, rapid development, people oriented, organisational oriented
    • Lecture10.4
      Methodology selection: heavy versus lightweight, waterfall, RUP, Spiral models
    • Lecture10.5
      Agile methods: Scrum, Extreme Programming
    • Lecture10.6
      Evaluating methodologies: identifying evaluation criteria, frameworks for methodology evaluation