Developed by leading specialists, our newly updated Computing and Information Technologies University Advanced Diploma (UAD) has been designed around diverse cutting edge issues, events and digital developments.
The course will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding through research, case studies and practical skills-based projects. With a core focus on professional ethics and the wide-ranging impact of computing technologies in society, the programme will support learners in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today’s computing professionals.
Why choose this course?
- Contemporary, updated diploma from a recognised UK University
- Three start dates a year (September, January and May)
- Study at your own pace, part-time online using a virtual classroom environment, supported throughout by a team of academic professionals
- Engagement in a vibrant learning community, building your network of likeminded individuals within the UK and potentially across the world
- Guest speakers from industry
- A stepping stone towards a BSc (Hons) degree
- The course can be completed within one year part-time (depending on your pace of study)
The course particularly focuses on gaining confidence and skills in:
- Problem solving – critical understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories, appraising technical, environmental and social issues
- Designing, documenting and testing computer programmes and/or hardware
- Critically evaluating and advising on emerging technologies
- Working effectively within a team and communicating with others
This online qualification will set you on a positive path to successfully furthering your career.
Who is this course for?
Those wishing to progress within the Computing and IT sector such as:
- IT support engineers, network engineers
- Systems administrators and IT teachers
The knowledge and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and/or enrich your professional practice. Furthermore, the programme may enhance your academic ambitions which may include progressing to the Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree.
This online Computing and IT course is made up of three core modules. We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You need to have one of the following:
- HND or foundation degree in a computing subject from a UK university - or international equivalent recognised by NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development - 2010 QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework)
- British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) - including completion of the professional project
- HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years relevant work experience in a computing role*
- Evidence of significant work and life experience which may be taken as the equivalent of traditional qualifications
When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you've already studied. This means we can make sure your HND or Foundation degree is compatible with this course.
*If you are entering with an HNC you will need to first study and obtain a minimum pass rate of 40% in the level 6 'Computing Technologies in Society' module.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language, you will need an English language qualification. For this course, you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 580 (paper based), 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: grade C*
* If you don't have GCSE Maths then you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education.
If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.
‡2021/22 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.
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2022/23 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.
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About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three payment plan options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Students should apply directly to the University.
For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.
This programme is designed for learners who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Computing and Information Technologies in order to enhance career opportunities or to prepare themselves for postgraduate research. Importantly, it does not solely focus on digital technologies but also places these in context in respect of both their impact on society and the environment.
It will provide you with highly transferable subject, academic and practical skills which are widely sought by today’s Computing and IT employers.
This course is also an excellent stepping stone to gaining a full degree, which can be obtained by going on to study the Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons), which can be completed part-time online.
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