COMPUTING QUALIFICATIONS

These computing qualifications cover a broad range of computing specialisms and were developed to provide a foundation of skills and knowledge for those working in a variety of roles such as Programming, Information Systems Management, Web Development, Software Engineering and more.

ATHE encourages centres to combine the study of ATHE qualifications with a work placement relevant to the unit the learners are studying. All assignments must still be assessed in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Delivering ATHE Qualifications Handbook.

Level 4 Diploma in Computing

The ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit size qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing. It is equivalent to the first year of a degree programme in Computing.

You can download the Level 4 Computing Information Sheet here.

Who this qualification is for?

Learners who are seeking to progress to higher education to take a Bachelor's degree course in computing. Learners could also progress directly to employment.

What does the qualification progress to?

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing which provides entry to the third year of a Bachelor's Degree at a university such as one of our university partners, Southampton Solent University. For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session.

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

What does this qualification cover?

Learners will take 120 mandatory credits. Please click below to view the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
IT and Society
4
12
48
Computer Systems and Software
4
12
48
Computer Programming
4
12
48
Relational Database Systems
4
12
48
Software Engineering
4
12
48
Systems Analysis and Design
4
12
48
E-commerce Applications
4
12
48
Human Computer Interaction
4
12
48
Information Systems Theory and Practice
4
12
48
Management Information Systems
4
12
48

Qualification specifications

Level 4

Level 5

Level 5 Diploma in Computing

The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit size qualification and is the equivalent level to the 2nd year of a degree.

You can download the Level 5 Computing Information Sheet here.

What does the qualification progress to?

Learners who complete this qualification can progression onto a variety of Bachelor's Degree Top-Up Programmes at a higher education institution including those where we have progression agreements. For more information, please visit our progression routes page

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session.

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

What does this qualification cover?

Learners must complete ten mandatory units totalling 120 credits. Please click below to view the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Cyber Security
5
12
48
Database Design and Development
5
12
48
Web Based Development
5
12
48
Network Design
5
12
48
Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
5
12
48
Strategic Management Information Systems
5
12
48
Innovative Technologies in Computing
5
12
48
Computing Research Methods
5
12
48
Managing a Computing Project
5
12
48
Software Development Methodologies
5
12
48

Qualification specifications

Level 4

Level 5

Title COURSE NAME CREDIT
YEAR-1: SEMESTER 1
H-101 Hardware 3
L-101 Logic 2
M-102 Mathematical Methods 3
YEAR-1: SEMESTER 2
CS-101 Programming II 3
CS-102 Laboratory 1 2
CS-105 Programming I 3
M-103 Discrete Mathematics 3
YEAR-2: SEMESTER 1
CS-201 Architecture 3
CS-202 Databases I 2
CS-203 Presentation Skills 3
YEAR-2: SEMESTER 2
M-202 Programming III 3
CS-210 Software Engineering Design 3
CS-211 Statistics 3
CS-212 Team Skills Development 3
YEAR-3: SEMESTER 1
CS-302 C++ Introduction 3
CS-303 Laboratory 2 3
CS-305 Software Engineering - Algorithms 3
CS-306 Operating Systems 3
YEAR-3: SEMESTER 2
CS-307 Computer Architecture 3
CS-308 Computational Techniques 3
CS-310 Software Engineering Practice 3
YEAR-4: SEMESTER 1
CS-401 Project Presentation Skills 3
CS-402 Management and Business for Computing Engineers 3
CS-403 Type Systems for Programming Languages 3
YEAR-4: SEMESTER 2
CS-410 Information and Codes 3
CS-411 Machine Learning 3
CS-412 Robotics 3

Total Credits : 78