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Level 5 Diploma in Computing


The ATHE 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 program in computing and learners may progress into employment in the sector or into the final year of a bachelor’s degree.

Learners who complete this qualification can progress onto a variety of bachelor's degree top-up programs at a university.

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Eligibility Requirement

Age: 18 + Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 4 or above
  • A level 4 qualification, for example, an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Job Opportunities

Employment in computing/technology Firm at an appropriate level

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Course Content

Learners must complete all 10 mandatory units.

Cyber Security
Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of cybersecurity to organizations. They will understand industry standards of cybersecurity 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 organizational strategy with information systems and the tools and techniques that can be used to analyze strategy. They will analyze 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.

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