If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Networking Diploma offered by Online Business School is definitely a course you should consider.
The Level 4 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first year of a University Degree and the Level 5 modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a University Degree.
Our online Level 4 Diploma in Information Technology and level 5 Diploma in IT and Networking is a 240-credit qualification, it includes 10 modules and 6 written assignments at Level 4 and 6 modules and written assignments at Level 5. The course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become a network and infrastructure professional within the IT sector. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services, including Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma course.
The fee for enrolling onto the level 4 and level 5 courses together is £2600. Alternatively, students can enrol onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for £1900 each.
Students can make payment using one of the following methods:
Credit or debit card
Interest-free monthly instalments
What is included in the cost of my course?
All course material, including online modules and written assignments
Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Zoom sessions
Dedicated student support
Access to an online social learning forum
Assignment marking and feedback
FREE TOTUM card
Free CV writing help on completion of the course.
If you decide to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree through an accredited UK university, the costs are as follows. Please note, the below costs are for distance learning/online only. You have the option of finishing on campus; costs will vary depending on which university you wish to complete your final year.
University of Derby
Top up Final Year in Computing and Information Technology BSc (Hons) – £4400
Southampton Solent University
BSc (Hons) Information Technology for Business, fee £9,000, duration 9 months
BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (final year)
BSc (Hons) Information Technology & Business Information Systems (top-up)
NOTE: UK/EU students may be eligible for student loans for the top-up portion of their studies.
Am I eligible for This progamme?
To enrol onto the Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education. Before enrolling on to the Level 5 course, you must complete the Level 4 or equivalent.
Level 4 module listing
Introduction to computing
This module will explore the functions of computing systems and the basics of design, configuration and routine maintenance.
Introduction to programming
This module examines the basis of OOS and how programming fits into the broader aspects of the usage of applications.
Introduction to databases
This module will enable understanding of database design and development and enable students to develop and design a database and explore solutions to meet the client brief. Learners will learn how to design a database.
This module is concerned with the analysis of IT and computing needs to develop requirement specifications and develop and test prototypes.
Systems analysis and design
This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to organisation needs in respect of business processes and the transformation of information.
E- Commerce applications
This module explores the role of e-commerce in the modern world and in particular the identification of aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements.
This module will develop students understanding of principles and models of human-computer interaction and evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.
IT and society
This module examines the impact of technology on society and explores trends and changes created. It will examine management issues and potential conflicts in terms of security and data management.
Information systems project management
This module explores elements of project management key to the successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.
Management information systems
This module focuses on understanding the concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.
Level 5 module listing
This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a new techno business. It includes understanding the characteristics of entrepreneurs, planning, marketing and finance.
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of network security issues in a networked environment and the process of preventing and detection common security incidents
This unit aims to provide learners with the basic concepts and principles of ASP.NET programming using C#. This will enable learners to understand how to create dynamic web pages using server-side programming techniques
This unit aims to provide the knowledge needed to administer a system in Linux and Windows. Topics covered include user and group management; file system management; task automation; shell scripting; Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers; mail servers; domain name servers; files and printers sharing; basic utilities and tools; application management; registry; local and group policies; backup policies; restore policies and performance tuning.
Network Routing and Switching
This unit aims to deliver the knowledge needed to carry out switching and the knowledge and skills needed to carry out routing – how to set up and configure a router and switches to interconnect a multi-area network. The unit covers computer networks routing and switching including Router Information Protocol (RIP); Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).
Network Design and Administration
This unit aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable learners to design a network, i.e., how to scale and connect different networks to form an effective inter-connecting network. It covers hierarchical network design; gathering network requirements; identifying network performance issues.
On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 2,000-3,000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the ‘Tutor’ section of the learning platform.
The assignment unit titles for the level 4 course are:
Information technology and IT ethics
Mathematics and statistics for IT
PC maintenance and operating systems
Computer graphics editing and database concepts
Logical IT networking
The assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:
Network Routing and Switching
Network Design and Administration