Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

The Open University

Technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace.

This diploma gives you an excellent foundation for a wide variety of IT-related careers. Finance, government, business, commerce, public services and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

Key features of the course

  • A flexible diploma with a choice of routes through
  • Choose options from computer science, digital technologies, software development, web development, or networking
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this diploma of higher education is also equivalent to the first two-thirds of the BSc (Honours) Computing and IT (Q62).

Course details

This diploma of higher education has two stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with three 30-credit computing and IT modules and a 30-credit mathematics module.
  • In Stage 2, you’ll study 60 credits in a specific area of computing and IT and complete your diploma with another 60 credits selected from a broader range of modules.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification; however, you’ll need some basic knowledge of computing, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

In mathematics, your choice of introductory module will depend on your confidence and experience.

Skills for career development

If you work, or would like to work, in information technology, computing, communication technology or related fields, this course is for you. It’s particularly relevant for hardware, software, or systems-based contexts. You’ll gain a sound grasp of these technologies and develop your expertise in particular areas of interest, choosing from options such as software engineering communications, networks or web technologies. You’ll also experience working in a team to tackle a small development task; and gain valuable transferable skills in communication, time management, numeracy, and analysing and solving problems. You’ll be well prepared for further study should you decide to complete a full honours degree.

Career relevance

Finance, government, business, commerce, public services such as health and education, and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. This diploma course is an ideal starting point for a career in any of these sectors, focusing on information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields, or to enhance your existing career.

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.

Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 16, 2018
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