Mr Gavin Sui
4 and 5
240 credits combined
Degree Awarding Institution
Mode of Delivery
£1250 for each level or
Accredited – Ofqual regulated
If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Computing Diploma offered by LCMT is 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 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma course is a 240-credit course, it includes 10 modules and written assignments at each level. The course is de-signed to equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services described below includ-ing Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma course.
Learning Resources for Students
Support for LCMT students is available every step of the way, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Social Learning Forum is free to use for all students, and can be accessed from all over the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The forum has been developed to encourage creation of self-managed learning groups and to encourage individuals to lead areas of learning. Tutors may interact socially with students to enhance learning through the social forum.
Students will be able to share their ideas and solutions, and any resources they have uncovered that can assist their fellow students. Individuals can request assistance from their peers on specific issues and act as the catalyst for discussions and analysis. It is important that students participate and draw lessons from fellow students around the world to enhance their online learning experience.
Each module has its own forum with topics covering many areas. Students will also control topics in the general areas through a secure network, with all posts closely monitored by OBS administrators.
The Social Learning will also include Open Webinars. These webinars will be in areas of general interest or demand for grouped learning, providing interaction between students and teachers.
Tuition Fees Includes
- All course material, including online modules and written assignments
- Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 interactive sessions
- Dedicated student support
- Access to an online social learning forum
- Assignment marking and feedback
- FREE NUS Extra card worth £19.90
- FREE laptop
- Free CV writing help on completion of the course.
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 Modules
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 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 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 transformation of information.
E- Commerce applications
This module explores the role of e-commerce in the modern world and the identification of aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements.
Human computer interaction
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 successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.
Management information systems
This module focuses on understanding concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.
Level 5 Modules
Innovative technologies in computing
This module looks at innovative trends and disruptive advances taking place and examines the new generation of skills and knowledge that will be required to work successfully in the sector.
Computing research methods
This module will explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in this field and the qualitative and quantitative approaches required including use of literature and design of research proposals.
Software development methodologies
This module looks at the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modelling approaches.
Computing project planning
Creating and managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT software, this module focuses on how being a project manager in the 80’s differs to be a project manager in today’s world.
Strategic management information systems
This module is concerned with developing an understanding of the strategic role of MIS within the organisation and how it impacts on the broader objectives and strategy of the business.
Ethical, legal and professional issues in IT
This module explores current issues in the IT sector and how these may impact on areas of security, confidentiality, privacy and the law.
Network design and management
This module explores the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.
Web based development
This module will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualisation and explore its commercial and potential impact.
This module will enable an understanding of the importance of digital security to business, to understand industry standards of digital security and be able to recommend improvements in security.
This module focuses on understanding database design and development includes advanced languages to analyse and query database data. Students will research database management and critically test and evaluate databases.
The ATHE Level 4/5 IT and Computing course is made up of 10 modules and 10 written assignments at each level. On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 5,000-8,000 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:
- Management information systems
- IT and society
- Computer systems and software
- Computer programming
- Relational database systems
- Software engineering
- Systems analysis and design
- E-commerce applications
- Human computer interactions
- Information systems theory
The assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:
- Ethical, legal and regulatory issues and professional responsibilities in IT
- Network design
- Web based development
- Database design and development
- Relational database systems
- Innovative technologies in computing
- Computer research methods
- Managing a computing project
- Software development methodologies
- Strategic management information systems
Whilst studying this course students will develop their skills in programming, systems analysis and design, software development. Upon successful completion of the course, students can pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.
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
Southampton Solent University
BSc (Hons) Information Technology for Business, fee £9,000, duration 9 months
University of Lincoln
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Information Systems) Top-Up
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Network Technology) Top-Up
University of Portsmouth
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems top-up degree – £2900