Level 4 Diploma in Computing

The Level 4 Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing.

The course is equivalent to the 1st year of a Bachelor’s degree and has been designed for individuals who are seeking to progress to higher education and enter the second year of a Bachelor’s degree course in computing.

Qualification Title Level 4 Diploma in Computing
Qualification number 601/4740/4
Certificate Awarding Body ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)
Size 120 credits (480 Guided Learning Hours)
Structure 10 core units totaling 120 credits
Entry Requirements

Age: 18+

The following qualifications will be considered:

  • Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 3 or above
  • GCE A Levels with passes in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above including Maths and English
  • Or a related level 3qualification
  • Or an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Each application will be reviewed on merit and applications which do not fall into the criteria listed above, may still be considered.

Modes of Study Classroom based learning, with classes available during weekends and evenings.
Assessment Assignment for each unit
Overall Grading Type Achieved/Not Achieved
Fees For details on current fees please contact the College. Flexible payment methods are available.

Human Computer Interaction

Learners will develop understanding of principles and models of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). They will evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype user interface. They will formulate design documentation to plan an interface for a product. Learners will implement the plan to create a prototype. Learners will review and amend the prototype based on user feedback.

Managment Information System

Learners will investigate different management information systems and evaluate the common features. They will analyse an existing information system in use by an organisation. They will review records, observe performance and understand the legal and organisational requirements that apply to an information system. They will use their findings to recommend improvements to a management information system and they will present their findings to a client.

Computer and Programming

Learners will understand ethical, legal and regulatory issues relating to IT. They will also understand the impact of IT on society.

IT and Society

Learners will use different tools and techniques to design, implement and test programs, following the system life cycle. They will use an appropriate programming language and learn about the principles of good programming to enable them to create computer programs.

Software Engineering

Leaners will gain an understanding of the need for Software Engineering and the different methods and techniques.

Computer Systems and Software

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the integration of hardware and software components. Learners will explore how hardware serves specific computer processing functions and investigate the use of various software applications.

Relational Database System

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of database systems and data analysis and modelling. They will understand how normalisation and functional dependency theory is used to design a relational database and how the client-server model is used.

Information System Theory and Practice

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of database systems and data analysis and modelling. They will understand how normalisation and functional dependency theory is used to design a relational database and how the client-server model is used.

System Analysis and Design

Learners will be able to understand the systems development life cycle and the role of systems methodologies within the life cycle. Learners will be introduced to different fact finding and problem solving techniques and they will use these to analyse an existing system. They will recommend improvements and plan to implement these improvements for a client.

E-Commerce Application

Learners will learn about different e-commerce models and applications and how they can be used to develop e- commerce in a small business. They will research the stages involved in setting up e-commerce and they will use e-commerce applications to meet a client brief.

Individuals can progress from this qualification into employment in the sector or onto the second year of a Bachelor degree in Computing at various universities. Alternatively continue onto a level 5 qualification from various awarding bodies including the Level 5 Diploma in Computing at Western International College.