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Certificate of Higher Education Open

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years United Kingdom

If you’re keen to try university study but want to keep your options open, this flexible certificate is the ideal starting point. You can mix and match any subjects you like – following your enthusiasms, stretching yourself with a new subject, or focusing on something useful for your career (or all three!)... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education Open If you’re keen to try university study but want to keep your options open, this flexible certificate is the ideal starting point. You can mix and match any subjects you like – following your enthusiasms, stretching yourself with a new subject, or focusing on something useful for your career (or all three!). Key features of the course Design a study profile to suit your particular needs and interests Mix and match modules as you like, or combine one main subject with a few modules from other areas Gain essential study skills and a good grounding in your chosen subjects Build your confidence, get ready for new challenges and enhance your employability. Educational aims The Open CertHE is a unique programme that allows you to mould your studies to suit your changing needs or circumstances. Choosing from a wide range of rewarding and enjoyable modules you can steer your studies to focus on, or combine, personal interests and career needs. The programme aims to provide you with: the flexibility to study modules in one or more subjects the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and capabilities through Level 1 university study an appreciation of the development of knowledge and its application in your chosen subjects the skills to learn independently, organise information and communicate effectively, whether for academic study, employment, or your own pleasure and satisfaction. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 7 years Career relevance The flexibility of our Open qualifications makes them relevant to a wide range of careers and industries – many of which do not require qualifications to be subject-specific. This Certificate can help you to develop in your existing employment, or be the first step towards a whole new career. Its flexibility particularly suits people with multi-faceted work roles; and anyone needing to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in their current job or future career path. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years United Kingdom

Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? This certificate is the ideal way to start. It offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology; chemistry; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; physics; and astronomy and planetary science. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and have taken the first step on the way to an honours degree... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? This certificate is the ideal way to start. It offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You’ll explore biology; chemistry; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; physics; and astronomy and planetary science. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and have taken the first step on the way to an honours degree. Key features of the course Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace Includes practical activities that you can do near where you live, or online in your own home Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This is an introductory science qualification which aims to provide you with: a lifelong interest in science through modules that are accessible to people of all educational backgrounds an understanding of the roles of different scientific subjects the development of a range of basic scientific and practical skills an opportunity to enhance your personal development, in particular your confidence to move to Level 2 study. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Scientists are in demand in the jobs market, particularly if they also have good interpersonal skills and some workplace experience. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to many roles in the financial, business and public sectors – and employers in all fields put a high value on anyone who can deal competently with a large amount of complex information and turn it to good use. The ability to select and analyse relevant data and to present conclusions concisely and logically is essential in most lines of work, as is the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

This certificate is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of work with children, young people and families; and if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer. It will introduce you to key issues relating to the welfare of children and young people, including how health and social care services and practices are organised... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families This certificate is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of work with children, young people and families; and if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer. It will introduce you to key issues relating to the welfare of children and young people, including how health and social care services and practices are organised. Key features of the course Investigates key issues and debates about childhood, child development, child psychology and children’s rights Helps you apply your knowledge and understanding to your own life or work environment Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This certificate provides a stimulating supportive learning experience about the health and social care of children and young people. In addition to being a qualification in its own right it will be good preparation if you wish to pursue a degree. The certificate’s aims are to: contribute to the development of good practice in health and social care with children, young people and families enhance your knowledge and understanding of health and social care in different contexts, particularly in relation to children and young people enhance your knowledge of children, young people and their development drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives support you to reflect upon and apply knowledge from case studies, research findings and theory supply the knowledge base for progression onto higher qualifications provide a learning framework that will equip you with the study skills necessary to succeed at degree level study. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 years Time limit – 4 years Career relevance This qualification is applicable to work in a wide variety of health and social care settings, and has been developed in response to feedback from employers and prospective students. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

If you work in health and social care, use services yourself, or would like to study to find out more about how we support adults in our care system, this certificate is for you. It provides an authoritative overview of the current context of health and social care for adults and older people, using real-life case studies to explore a wide range of fascinating issues and debates... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care If you work in health and social care, use services yourself, or would like to study to find out more about how we support adults in our care system, this certificate is for you. It provides an authoritative overview of the current context of health and social care for adults and older people, using real-life case studies to explore a wide range of fascinating issues and debates. Key features of the course Deepens your knowledge and understanding of health and social care Develops practical and employability skills Builds a solid foundation for further study Educational aims This certificate offers a thorough and well-supported grounding in the health and social care of older adults and is an ideal starting point if you are working towards a degree. The certificate’s aims are to: contribute to improved practice in health and social care of adults and older adults enhance knowledge and understanding of health and social care across a wide range of settings and situations encourage constructive reflection on care relationships encourage constructive contributions to debates about care policy for adults and older adults supply the knowledge base for progression to recognised qualifications in health and social care provide a learning framework that will equip you with the study skills necessary to succeed at degree-level study. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Associate Lecturers support you throughout your study and are recruited both for their skills in supported open learning and knowledge of the field. Through the use of written and audio/visual case studies, you will use analytic models to evaluate and discuss how practice can be improved. Assignments will provide opportunities to demonstrate the use of statistics and other evidence, and to draw on a range of sources in constructing an argument. There will be a range of assessments that will include the assessment of information literacy skills. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical tools with which to understand and analyse the provision of health and social care, and to evaluate care services and current practice. You will be introduced concepts such as ‘risk and vulnerability’ and will demonstrate your ability to apply your understanding through online discussion and written assessment. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 4 years Career impact This certificate was developed in consultation with employers in health and social care to ensure that it develops the key skills and knowledge base needed to work in the sector. It also draws on the latest research and the experience of practising professionals. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years United Kingdom

Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they’re under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they’re under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them. Key features of the course Develops the knowledge and skills needed to understand and interpret local and global environmental problems Equips you to contribute positively to debates in this field Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This qualification aims to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of how the environmental impacts of technology in human activity systems can be shaped and managed in innovative ways. It also aims to help you to develop broad study and interdisciplinary skills, and to understand different disciplinary approaches to improve environmental management through ethical actions at individual, organisational and societal levels. More specifically, the qualification aims to develop your: knowledge and understanding of the scientific, technical and socio-economic factors involved in the environmental impacts of complex human activity systems knowledge and understanding of the impacts of energy use, waste management and environmental pollution and some of the technologies associated with them skills in the use of tools, methods and technologies that can be used to better seek appropriate information, to enhance design tasks and to improve the ‘managing’ practices that will contribute to environmental improvements in complex human activity systems skills of analysis, evaluation and communication, utilising digital technologies to improve learning and performance. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Teaching and learning is through a combination of both print and online resources, involving various activities, audiovisual and software tools. These resources are both bespoke and externally sourced. Assessment is through a mix of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), examinations and end-of-module assessments (EMAs). Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 years Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Directly relevant careers for those with environmental expertise include pollution control, waste management and recycling, water quality and resources, energy management, planning and sustainability, environmental management and consultancy, ecology and nature conservation, and environmental education. Professionals with qualifications in this subject area can find employment across a wide range of public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates are found working in: environmental management environmental policy environmental consultancy environmental education local, national and international governmental agencies nature conservation information systems civil or diplomatic service overseas development journalism research. Entry requirements There are no formal requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject

The Open University
Online Part time 3 - 7 years United Kingdom

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you had to buy your books, music and feature films from a high street shop. How did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? This course provides the answers – and the chance to study business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics alongside... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you had to buy your books, music and feature films from a high street shop. How did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? This course provides the answers – and the chance to study business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics alongside. Key features of the course Explores the profound technological, economic, political and ethical change driven by digital advancement A choice of additional subjects to suit your career aspirations and interests Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims The aim of this certificate is to equip you with the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to underpin a career in the computing and IT sector. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental technologies, techniques and trends of modern digital technology and introduce you to some of the issues involved in their application. You will gain some practical experience in the use of a modern programming environment and ubiquitous computing devices. Depending on which options you choose you will also gain valuable transferable skills and be prepared for further study in not only computing and IT but also a complementary subject. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 3 years Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area. Computing and IT professionals are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations alike. Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider contexts in addition to technical ability. This certificate will enhance your employability in your current area of work, and open the way for careers in sectors including retail, finance and commerce, leisure and gaming, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, government, health, education, and the voluntary sector. Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data, in roles such as: programming systems management database administration software engineering systems analysis systems design Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

Do you work with young people (aged 13 to 19) in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, schools or faith-based organisations? Are you thinking about volunteering for such a role, or considering a career in youth work? This certificate is an excellent place to start. It develops the essential skills expected of professional workers in this field; explores issues like the purposes, ethics and values of youth work; and prepares you... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Do you work with young people (aged 13 to 19) in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, schools or faith-based organisations? Are you thinking about volunteering for such a role, or considering a career in youth work? This certificate is an excellent place to start. It develops the essential skills expected of professional workers in this field; explores issues like the purposes, ethics and values of youth work; and prepares you for further study. Key features of the course Develops the understanding and skills needed to work effectively with young people Includes work-based learning so you can apply your learning to practice Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This certificate aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work face to face with young people in a range of informal education settings, including voluntary and community based organisations. It introduces a range of theory related to practice with young people, and includes work-based learning where you will develop small scale projects with young people that demonstrate their ability to form relationships with young people, work with young people in groups, and work with young people and communities. Teaching, learning and assessment methods The teaching material is offered through distance learning modules and includes module texts, audiovisual material and directed reading. Knowledge and understanding are principally developed through these teaching materials and in-text questions, tasks and activities. Summative assessment, which contributes to your overall result, is by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and by end-of-module assessments (EMAs). Tutors support development through online and telephone support, letters, tutorials and written feedback on assignments. Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument and critically analyse module issues. The Personal Development Plan in the work-based module will allow you to demonstrate independent thinking skills, your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for practice as they apply to young people in a work-based context. They will also give you an opportunity to show evidence of reflective practice. Key skills are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria of assignments require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of formats. Learning skills focusing on information literacy, setting priorities and targets, and self-assessment are a feature of the Personal Development Plan, the general approach to key skills and the work-based learning components. Professional skills are developed as part of an increased awareness and understanding of good practice and through understanding and undertaking a reflective practice approach. The assessment of practice skills is via module work, participation in the day school (or equivalent) and assessed observed practice. This includes developing an appropriate approach to recording development in relation to work-based practice. You will also develop a Personal Development Plan throughout the qualification. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 4 years Career relevance This certificate of higher education is recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 4. It is also recognised as a Youth Support Worker qualification by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and as a pre-professional qualification in Scotland by the Standards Council for Community Learning and Development (CLD). Youth workers engage with young people in a wide range of roles and settings, including in youth services, in voluntary and community organisations, in schools and colleges, and in youth participation projects. Although completion of this certificate will not give you access to graduate level jobs, it may help you decide whether you like this particular area of work and study. It may also help you to gain a job below graduate level and acquire the necessary experience to progress to further professional training. Entry requirements To study this qualification you will need to be working with young people when you begin the second module as it involves work-based learning. You will need to: be working with young people in an informal education setting such as a youth club, scout group, or voluntary organisation, or working in a school or college in an informal education role for a minimum of five hours a week (135 practice hours in total). You may be in paid employment or working as a volunteer have the permission of your employer to study, and identify work-based learning support from appropriately qualified individuals in your organisation confirm that you have recent experience of working in an informal education setting or role. A suitable level of prior experience might be six months of one session (two/three hours) per week during the last three years obtain the necessary clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), or have passed a Disclosure Scotland, Access NI or Garda (ROI) check. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. It is your responsibility, and that of your employer, to ensure you meet these requirements at the point of entry to the qualification. You and your employer will be asked to confirm these requirements when you register for the work-based learning module. If your circumstances change at any point during study of this qualification, you will need to keep us updated. To study this certificate you must also be living in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland or have a British Forces Post Office (BFPO) address outside the UK. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7  United Kingdom

What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This certificate investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives you an in-depth knowledge of how the sector works. Focusing on the needs of participants or clients, you’ll explore training, nutrition, motivation, customer care and management principles – while increasing your current effectiveness and skills in these areas. As you study, you’ll always come back to what matters most: applying theory to... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This certificate investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives you an in-depth knowledge of how the sector works. Focusing on the needs of participants or clients, you’ll explore training, nutrition, motivation, customer care and management principles – while increasing your current effectiveness and skills in these areas. As you study, you’ll always come back to what matters most: applying theory to practice. Key features of the course Uses case studies and reflects on real and potential work situations Develops your understanding of your own work role Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims The certificate will enable you to: develop an understanding of organisational, management and regulatory contexts relevant to a range of settings in sport and fitness develop the skills to reflect on work-based experience, forming new understandings of how work teams and organisations operate develop an understanding of the contribution of scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice to human performance. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding of sport, fitness and health is developed through the main teaching materials and in-text questions, tasks and activities to support your learning. The main teaching material is offered through supported open learning modules with associated material, including module reading texts, audio-visual material and directed reading. Summative assessment is mainly by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), end-of-module reports and, in some cases, oral descriptions and explanations. Tutors support your development across all learning outcomes through online and face-to-face tutorials, written feedback on assignments and online/telephone support. Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument and to analyse module issues. Work-Based Learning Projects will offer you the opportunity to demonstrate independent thinking skills; to demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for working in sport, fitness and health; to show evidence of reflective practice; and to use appropriate methods of enquiry. Key skills are referenced to QCA National Standards and are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria for TMAs require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in writing and orally. The approach taken to key skills and work based learning is to place students’ experiences at the centre of their learning, and use reflective processes to interpret these workplace experiences. Reflection helps students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop an action plan to guide their future development. Professional skills are developed through module work, including evidence-based project work. This is part of an increased awareness and understanding of practice in planning, delivery and evaluation of work activities, including exercise and fitness sessions. Reflection on practice will be central to this approach. There may be some development of group working skills through the use of web-based tasks. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 7 years Career relevance If you’re aiming to access graduate level careers, this certificate is your first step on the way. After successfully completing the course, you’ll be able to build on your study to gain further professional qualifications – such as a foundation degree or full honours degree. Entry requirements You do not need experience of working in sport and fitness prior to starting your studies, but you’ll find the modules and assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on employment experience (paid or unpaid) in the sector during your study. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate in Working Together for Children

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions, relationships, health, play, participation, working with parents, early intervention and safeguarding. This certificate teaches all these subjects and more in the context of current law and social policy – and emphasises the need for different agencies and practitioners to work together... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate in Working Together for Children Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions, relationships, health, play, participation, working with parents, early intervention and safeguarding. This certificate teaches all these subjects and more in the context of current law and social policy – and emphasises the need for different agencies and practitioners to work together. Key features of the course Contributes to meeting professional and occupational standards in childcare, health, social care and educational children’s services Develops knowledge and skills highly relevant to all those working with children aged 0–12 Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims The module and therefore the qualification has five main aims: to support the development of a skilled, effective, integrated workforce for children’s services to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work within an integrated interdisciplinary workforce for children to develop a critical understanding of the ethical, social, legal, political and practice factors and frameworks as applied to work with children to understand inter-disciplinarity as it relates to work with and for children to develop the knowledge and skills required to improve children’s well-being and outcomes for children. Teaching, learning and assessment methods The study materials will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding in line with the learning outcomes. You will work from an online learning guide that will direct you to the three main module texts and the accompanying DVD, which will include extensive illustrative case study material. The learning guide will also include substantial activities designed to integrate your learning from all of the module resources. The module will have five assignments and an exam. The exam will be designed to encourage a synthesis of ideas and frameworks from the module and will test your grasp and application of key theories and concepts. Critical analysis of conditions and processes that lead to effective inter-agency work is a theme that runs throughout the study materials, especially the third book. Thinking points in the main module books and longer activities in the learning guide, will encourage you to apply module ideas and frameworks to case studies and to examples from your own experience. The case study material contained on the DVD will be a key resource in helping you to develop skills of critical analysis. All assignments will test your understanding of key module ideas and your ability to synthesise information and arguments. You will also be required to use module ideas and frameworks to analyse case study examples in each assignment. Activities, tutor group discussions and online forums will support you in developing skills in written, spoken and online communication. The learning guide will employ a ‘light touch’, encouraging you to use a variety of learning resources in an independent way, as is appropriate for third-level study. You will be asked to keep a reflective journal throughout the module, encouraging you to reflect on your own learning and apply theory to practice. Activities that encourage you to make use of online resources and critically reflect on information gathered in this way will occur at regular intervals throughout the module. The criteria guiding the marking of the assignments and the exam will address the need for coherence in structure and analysis in presenting a response to questions as set. Achieving a good mark will be dependent on demonstrating effective use of the range of module resources, including the DVD and online resources. The three co-published texts will ‘model’ ways of applying theory to practice and provide opportunities, through thinking points in the texts themselves and activities in the online learning guide, for you to do likewise. Specific chapters for each of the books will have a focus on practice issues, providing a thorough analysis of current trends and encouraging the development of critical and innovative practice, with issues of ethics and professional working given a high profile. Integrated use of the DVD material, with its biographical case studies, will encourage you to take account of children’s perspectives as relevant to multi-agency working. Each of the assignments will require you to apply theory to practice. The practical and professional skills listed in the learning outcomes will be tested throughout the assignments and the exam. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £2,632 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 9 months Time limit – 4 years Career relevance This certificate contributes to meeting professional and occupational standards in childcare, health, social care and educational children’s services. The skills and knowledge you’ll develop will contribute to you demonstrating that you are an independent practitioner who can identify current research and policy and apply them to practice with children. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate in Higher Education in Social Sciences

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years United Kingdom

What shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Why do people continue to smoke when they know the risks, and why do governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions... [+]

Certificate in Higher Education in Social Sciences What shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Why do people continue to smoke when they know the risks, and why do governments want to reorganise the NHS? Social scientists build theories and conduct research to understand why and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions. Key features of the course Draws on ideas from sociology, economics, social policy, psychology, geography, criminology, and politics Gives fascinating insight into everyday life in our communities, personal lives and workplaces Develops a range of employability skills Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This is a broad-based certificate that aims to provide you with an introduction to the social sciences and related subject areas. Your studies will: introduce you to the typical approaches of a broad range of social science subjects and related subject areas introduce you to sources of evidence in the social sciences and related subjects introduce you to various forms of data presentation and the interpretation of data enable you to write well-structured and well-argued essays enable you to describe some of the ways in which societies are ordered and governed give you the ability to reflect on feedback and use this to improve future performance provide you with skills relevant to work in many occupational areas and occupations give you an opportunity to enhance your personal development, in particular giving you confidence to move to OU level 2 study. The learning outcomes are described in four areas. Within these areas we emphasise achievable outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds, who have chosen a broad-based certificate in social sciences and who are learning at a distance. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. Career impact This course opens up employment opportunities across a whole range of occupations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. These include national and local government, health and social welfare, police, education, charitable organisations, public relations, media, planning and environmental management, the criminal justice system, market research, law, business and commerce. The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences is equivalent to the first year of a full-time degree. It’s a valuable qualification in its own right, but if you’d like to continue studying, you’ll have a sound foundation on which to build. For example, you could progress to the Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences (W40) and then to the BA (Hons) Combined Social Sciences (Q69), or another of our social sciences degrees. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 7 years United Kingdom

Mathematics is a fascinating subject and highly relevant to contemporary life. Its tools and techniques are essential for solving problems and making decisions – and for many exciting careers from IT to engineering. This certificate is ideal if you need some underpinning mathematics for other studies or at work; as a first step towards higher level qualification; or if you’re simply curious and want to take your interest a bit further... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Mathematics is a fascinating subject and highly relevant to contemporary life. Its tools and techniques are essential for solving problems and making decisions – and for many exciting careers from IT to engineering. This certificate is ideal if you need some underpinning mathematics for other studies or at work; as a first step towards higher level qualification; or if you’re simply curious and want to take your interest a bit further. Key features of the course Introduces pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics Builds your confidence working with abstract ideas; modelling real world problems and using mathematical software Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This certificate provides you with a foundation for study of mathematics, statistics and the mathematical sciences more generally. It aims to introduce you to: mathematical (including statistical) concepts, and pure and applied mathematical approaches mathematical software (and to give you some experience of its use) the basics of modelling real-world situations and problems mathematically an introduction to some topics in statistics and probability abstract mathematical reasoning at a basic level. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2-3 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Career areas directly related to mathematics include: banking bioinformatics insurance tax investments stockbroking/trading retail economics market research pensions quantitative analysis/risk analysis. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

If you’re a classroom or teaching assistant (or in an equivalent school support role) this certificate will extend your skills in the classroom, develop your professional knowledge and expertise and boost your career opportunities. It combines work-based learning with academic study to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support primary-aged children in their school learning... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools If you’re a classroom or teaching assistant (or in an equivalent school support role) this certificate will extend your skills in the classroom, develop your professional knowledge and expertise and boost your career opportunities. It combines work-based learning with academic study to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support primary-aged children in their school learning. Key features of the course Helps increase your effectiveness in your current role and prepare for new challenges Designed for classroom or teaching assistants, volunteers or equivalent Focuses on supporting primary age children (4 to 11 years, or up to 12 years in Scotland) Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This Certificate of Higher Education in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools will: develop and enhance the intellectual and practical skills required by those working as teaching assistants and classroom assistants in primary schools prepare you for further study, enquiry and practice where primary curricular, pedagogical and/or subject knowledge and skills are required Teaching, learning and assessment methods The teaching material is offered through supported open learning modules and includes study guides and readers, audio-visual material and directed reading. Knowledge and understanding are developed through these teaching materials and in-text and interactive online questions, tasks, activities and enquiries. Assessment, which contributes to your overall result, is by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and by end-of-module assessments (EMAs). Tutors support development through online and telephone support, letters, tutorials and written feedback on assignments. Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument and critically analyse module issues. The transition from more assignments that are tightly structured in the first module to less structured assignments in the second one will enable you to develop this ability as you progress through the qualification. The focus on planning and carrying out enquiries within the second module will allow you to demonstrate independent thinking skills, to demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for practice as they apply to children’s learning in a work-based context. They will also give an opportunity to show evidence of reflective practice. Key skills are promoted within study materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria of assignments require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of formats. Learning skills focusing on information literacy, setting priorities and targets, and self-assessment are featured throughout both modules and highlighted in study topics on professional development at the end of each module. Professional skills are developed as part of an increased awareness and understanding of good practice and through understanding and undertaking a reflective practice approach. The assessment of professional skills is by TMAs requiring you to apply relevant theory to aspects of your practice and by EMAs. In the second module the assessment of professional skills is supported by the required completion of a mentor comment form. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 2 years Full time – 1 year Time limit – 4 years Career relevance The Certificate of Higher Education in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools is designed for teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants and other kinds of classroom support staff. If you’re seeking higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) status – in England and Wales only – it will prepare you to gather the necessary practice-related evidence to apply for this status. Entry requirements To study this qualification you need to be working directly with children in a primary school for a minimum of five hours a week from the outset. This is essential in order to be able to complete the assignments. You may be in paid employment or working as a volunteer. For the work-based learning module, your school will be required to provide confirmation of the number of hours you work; verify your role in the school; and agree to provide appropriate support for your studies. Note: anyone working in a school needs to meet the ‘fit person’ criteria, which includes criminal record clearance for the country in which you’re working. It’s your responsibility and that of your employer to ensure you meet these requirements. If you’re working in a primary school in Western Europe, you’re eligible to study this certificate providing you meet the entry requirements outlined, and that you’re working in a school that follows a UK National Curriculum and uses English as the language of tuition. There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 2 - 7 years United Kingdom

If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, this Certificate is for you. You’ll start your studies with an introduction to key issues such as intercultural communication, language and identity, communication in the workplace and communication in a digital world – raising your general awareness of how language works. It introduces you to key... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Language Studies If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, this Certificate is for you. You’ll start your studies with an introduction to key issues such as intercultural communication, language and identity, communication in the workplace and communication in a digital world – raising your general awareness of how language works. It introduces you to key concepts in language learning and offers the choice of French, German, Italian and Spanish at beginners and intermediate levels, and Chinese (Mandarin) and Welsh (only in 2014) at beginners level, plus you can increase your knowledge and skills in using English for academic study. By the end of the course, you’ll have moved well beyond the basics in at least one of your chosen languages. Key features of the course Introduces you to the cultures of the languages chosen and develops your intercultural communicative competence Takes you to level B1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in one or two modern languages Develops a range of transferable skills such as working independently, scheduling tasks and managing time effectively Enhances your employability Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims This certificate offers a broad grounding in key concepts associated with languages and intercultural communication. You study a range of modern languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian (Chinese and Welsh can be studied at Beginners’ level) and you gain a sound knowledge of the basic concepts associated with language study. You can learn two foreign languages and you will also be able to develop your academic communication skills in English. On completing the qualification, you will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately in one or more foreign languages, at the level required by most employers (at least one language will be at level B1 of the CEFR). You will have learned to reflect on yourself and others in intercultural encounters and you will have learned how to take different approaches to solving cultural misunderstandings. You will also have gained and practiced many professional qualities needed for employment, including the skills for working successfully in a multicultural and international environment, the ability to work independently, and the ability to gather, process and present information. Your study experience will be equivalent to the first year of a full-time degree and will provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to study at OU level 2. This certificate provides a pathway to the BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30). Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 3 years Full time – 2 years Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Languages and intercultural skills are key assets in tourism, international business and administration, and the diplomatic service. They are also highly valued by employers in a wide range of other sectors, who place a premium on the ability to make contact and communicate with global trade partners and to understand overseas business environments – and who often acknowledge this with higher salaries. According to the National Centre for Languages, knowing foreign languages opens the doors to a wide range of economic, social and personal benefits. Being able to communicate effectively with our customers, colleagues and business partners is critical to competitiveness and social cohesion. The languages most in demand in UK industry are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin, though knowledge of any other language will also give you the edge. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

The Open University
Online Part time 1 - 4 years United Kingdom

If you work with young children and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be what you’re looking for. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of early years provision and enable you to reflect on your practice across a range of public, private, voluntary and independent settings – addressing your work in relation to young children and other adults (including colleagues, other professionals, parents and carers)... [+]

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice If you work with young children and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be what you’re looking for. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of early years provision and enable you to reflect on your practice across a range of public, private, voluntary and independent settings – addressing your work in relation to young children and other adults (including colleagues, other professionals, parents and carers). Key features of the course Combines professional practice with academic study Develops your understanding of the role and expertise of a senior practitioner Explores how children learn, and the impact your practice can have on their development Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims The Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice will: develop and extend your knowledge and professional skills in supporting children’s care, learning and development develop your knowledge and understanding of reflection and reflective practice enable you to develop critical understanding of links between theory and practice in early years education and care develop and extend your engagement with key issues in early years policy and practice develop your communication and ICT skills for study and supporting children’s learning and development enable you to develop your capacity to learn and to develop new skills and to provide a route for progression to further academic study or career enhancement Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding of early childhood education and care are developed through supported open learning modules. These include activities and materials such as module reading texts, audio-visual material, online discussion forums and directed reading. Summative assessment is by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA). Tutors support your development through online support, tutorials and written feedback on assignments. Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments and include the ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument relating to module issues. The assignments and work-based reflective investigations offer you the opportunity to demonstrate: independent thinking skills, different approaches to problem solving; opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of current and emerging significant theories underpinning principles for early years practice in a work-based context; and to show evidence of reflective and ethical practice. Key skills are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment including the ability to communicate effectively in writing and in online contexts. Learning skills are focused on planning, self-assessment, identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting priorities and targets and reviewing and reflecting. Teamwork is fostered through work-related activities and assignments. Professional and practice skills are developed through an increased understanding of good practice in supporting children’s learning and development through teaching materials and work-related reflective practice. Practice skills are assessed via assignments, presentation and discussion of documented evidence, and work-based projects. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £2,632 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 1 year Time limit – 4 years Career relevance In England, this Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice is considered full and relevant for the purposes of registration and regulation but see note below for additional GCSE requirements for students entering in September 2014 without a previously achieved Level 3 Early Years qualification. In Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) recognises the CertHE as an appropriate qualification for support workers and practitioners in day care of children services settings and in Wales for the Care Council for Wales (CCW) it is included as a required qualification for practitioners in full day care and crèche facilities. Discussions are ongoing about the recognition of the CertHE in Wales and Northern Ireland. This CertHE is also appropriate if you are working in a British Forces school or an early years setting in Europe which follows a UK or Republic of Ireland curriculum, and which uses English as the language of tuition. Note: from September 2014, entrants in England to the BA (Honours) Early Years without a previously achieved Level 3 Early Years qualification will additionally require GCSE passes at ‘C’ or above in English and Maths for their degree be considered a ‘full and relevant’ qualification and to be able to count in Level 3 ratios. 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Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT

The Open University
Online Part time 3 - 7 years United Kingdom

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you could only buy films, books and music on the high street. Where did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? In the twenty-first century, technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace... [+]

Top Online Course Studies in Education. Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband internet access at home was an unimaginable luxury. Twenty years ago you could only buy films, books and music on the high street. Where did the digital revolution begin? Where is it going? In the twenty-first century, technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace. Key features of the course An ideal starting point for a career in information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields Introduces the fast-changing world of computing and IT, and develops your mathematics skills Sample tasters in computing and IT, networking, Linux and robotics Builds a solid foundation for further study. Educational aims The aim of this certificate is to equip you with the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to underpin a career in the computing and IT sector. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental technologies, techniques and trends of modern digital technology and introduce you to some of the issues involved in their application. You will gain some practical experience in the use of a modern programming environment and ubiquitous computing devices. Depending on which options you choose you will also gain valuable transferable skills and be prepared for further study in not only computing and IT but also a range of complementary subjects. Fees We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are: Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront. If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632. Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study. The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees. NB: Prices are subject to change. How long does it take? Part time – 3 years Time limit – 7 years Career relevance Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area. Finance, government, business, commerce, public services such as health and education, and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. The Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT will enhance your employability whatever your current role, and is an ideal starting point for a career in information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields. Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part fo the registration process. Read more about this programme on the Open University website here [-]