Course


Computing and Information Systems (CertHE)

Our Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

It is ideal if you are ready to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter.

By studying this course, you will:

  • develop a solid theoretical basis together with in-depth practical skills;
  • earn a qualification that emphasises understanding as well as using software, placing you as a leader and innovator;
  • develop skills in various aspects of programming, including systems development, database management, and artificial intelligence.

Course Duration: 1-4 years
Application Deadline: 1 October

Description

Course Overview

Our Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

It is ideal if you are ready to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter.

Career Opportunities:

Once you have successfully completed the course in Computing and Information Systems, you’ll gain a wide appreciation of the subject. You’ll learn to adapt and evolve to keep ahead in the fast-changing world of computing.

Here are some examples of the kind of roles that will be open to you:

  • Systems analyst: With strong expertise in technology and information systems, you’ll be able to analyse system requirements and design IT systems for changing business needs.
  • Security consultant: You’ll be skilled in computer networking and have a deep understanding of cryptography and data security. You will be able to improve and protect corporate systems.
  • Networking engineer: You will have a high level of understanding of networking infrastructure and be able to design, implement and support the networks vital to corporate activity.
  • Technical architect: As a fluent programmer, you will be able to grasp new techniques quickly and incorporate them into your designs for powerful information systems.

The programme also provides a route to a variety of higher degrees that can further differentiate you in today’s competitive employment market, or provide the basis for a career in research.

Entry Requirement:

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the CertHE Computing and Information Systems:

  • Age 17+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Three GCSEs (Grade A*-C / 9-4) plus Mathematics (Grade A*-B / 9-5), or equivalent. (You may be able to attend pre-sessional classes to top up your mathematics.)
  • Have admission to a teaching institution which is approved to support the programme.

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

Fees:

 

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2018-2019 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year 2018-2019
Application fee (non-refundable) £92
Registration fee £848
Examination fee (full course or project) £348
Examination fee (half course) £174
Continuing registration fee £415
Indicative Cost: CertHE Computing and Information Systems £2330

You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year);
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre);
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

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