Computing L5

    Computing - Diploma Level 5


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    Course Overview

    The ATHE Level 5 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. It is equivalent to the second year of a degree programme in computing and learners may progress into employment in the sector or into the final year of a bachelor’s degree. 


    On successful completion of this qualification, there are a number of progression opportunities.

    Students can progress to:

    • Learners who complete this qualification can progress onto a variety of bachelor degree top-up programmes at a university, including those where we have progression agreements.

    ATHE University Partners:

    ATHE has a number of University partners, who offer online or on the campus Bachelor and Master courses including:

    • Anglia Ruskin University
    • Southampton Solent University
    • University of Sunderland London Campus
    • Northampton University
    • Coventry University
    • Cardiff Metropolitan University
    • University of Bolton
    • University of Bedfordshire
    • Prince Edward Island University

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    Entry requirement

    This qualification is designed for students aged 19 and above.

    • Age: 19 +
    • Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 4 or above
    • A level 4 qualification, for example an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing
    • Other equivalent international qualifications


    List of documents required for registration:

    • Completed application form
    • Authenticated scans of your qualifications, certificates and complete transcripts for all years of studies
    • A copy of your passport
    • A copy of your CV/résumé
    • A scanned copy of a recent passport sized color photograph
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • Proof of address
    • Two references


    There is no external assessment (i.e. exams) attached to any unit. You will be required to submit a final written assignment for each module. 

    Overall Grading Type

    Graded ‘Achieved’ or ‘Not achieved’

    SFA Funding

    Eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.


    The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit qualification. Learners must complete all the mandatory units totalling 120 credits.

    Mandatory Units

    Cyber Security
    Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of cyber security to organisations. They will understand industry standards of cyber security and be able to recommend improvements in security to a client’s network.

    Web-Based Development
    Learners will develop an understanding of web-based development. They will research different technologies that can be used to create dynamic and interactive websites and they will use this research to develop their own website. They will investigate e-marketing and SEO techniques to promote websites and they will suggest appropriate techniques to solve a business problem. Learners will create a back end database to allow the database to interact with the website. They will critically review the web-based solution against client requirements.

    Innovative Technologies in Computing
    Learners will develop an understanding of innovative developments in technology and their impact on the computer industry.

    Software Development Methodologies
    Learners will learn about using software development methodologies to develop an information system.

    Network Design
    Learners will learn IT network design fundamentals and will design a network for a client in accordance with a design brief.

    Database Design and Development
    Learners will extend their understanding of database design and development. They will research database management systems and will design and implement a complex database.

    Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
    Learners will develop an understanding of ethical, legal and regulatory issues and professional responsibilities relating to working in IT.

    Strategic Management Information Systems
    Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of integrating organisational strategy with information systems and the tools and techniques that can be used to analyse strategy. They will analyse business processes and recommend improvements.

    Managing a Computing Project
    Learners will find out about different project management tools and techniques that can be used when managing a computing project. They will use tools and techniques to plan, implement and review their own computing project.

    Computing Research Methods
    Learners will develop an understanding of different computer-based research methods. They will plan their own research and carry out a research project based on an area of interest within computer science.


    Part 1: 6 months (15 hours per week, 3 hours per day - Flexible Daytime, Evenings or Weekends)
    Part 2: 6 months (15 hours per week, 3 hours per day - Flexible Daytime, Evenings or Weekends)

    How much will it cost? 

    Part 1: £3000

    Part 2: £3400

    Registration fees: £50 

    Examination fee per unit: ??

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