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Level 4 Diploma in Computing

NCC Education     RQF Level 4     Full-Time, 1 Year

Programme Details: 

Award  Level 4 Diploma in Computing 
Award Level  RQF Level 4 
Awarding Body  NCC Education 
Language of Study  English 
Fees  £6,000 per academic year 
Start Date  September 2024 
Study Mode  Full-Time, 1 Year  
Study Mode  Teaching is face-to-face combined with online learning resources available via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Moodle. Classes are usually held on one of our modern and well-equipped campuses at Limehouse. 
Progression  Upon completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Computing, students can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Computing 

Programme Overview:  

NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop essential thinking and study skills, not only within the computing domain but also within the context of business through a balance of academic and vocational subjects. This qualification allows them to understand and enter the computing profession with the necessary industry knowledge and the ability to apply their skills to a range of IT-related functions. 

Upon successful completion of the qualification, students will be able to embark on NCC Education’s Level 5 Diploma in Computing (L5DC), which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor’s degree, transfer to a university, or pursue a career in the IT industry. 

Programme Structure: 

NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (RQF) comprises 120 credits, all at RQF Level 4. The total qualification time is 1,200 hours. 

Level 4 Units:  

Unit Number  Title  Credits 
Unit 1  Algorithms and Mathematical Concepts for Computing (Core)  15
Unit 2 Computer Networks (Core)  15
Unit 3 Computer Systems (Core)  15
Unit 4 Databases (Core)  15
Unit 5 Front End Web Development (Core)  15
Unit 6 Object-Oriented System Analysis and Design (Specialist)  15
Unit 7 Software Engineering (Specialist)  15
Unit 8 Designing and Developing Object-Oriented Computer Programmes (Specialist)  15

Entry Requirements: 

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following: 

  • Holders of the NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES). 

  • Holders of the NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC) (RQF). 

  • Holders of any local or international qualification deemed to be a similar level to either 

  • L3DC or L3IFDHES. This is to be agreed in advance with NCC Education. 

  • Holders of one ‘A’ level or equivalent or an appropriate School Leaver’s certificate deemed to be of a similar level passed and approved by NCC Education. 

  • Mature students, able to demonstrate over two years’ relevant work experience and have an ‘O’ Level/GCSE/iGCSE English and Maths or equivalent. 

Our Recognition of Prior Learning policy means that students’ previous learning and experience can be considered, and they may be awarded certain qualifications or units of a qualification based on that learning or experience.  

English Language Requirements:  

  • Applicants applying for all our qualifications, which are taught and assessed entirely in English, need English language skills. 

  • Non-native English speakers who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English should demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to: 

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 

  • PTE Academic 51, or 

  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5) 

  • We assess the level of English as part of the selection process using a written statement and an interview. 

Other Requirements: 

Candidates must have basic ICT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and Email literacy). 

Application and Selection Process:  

The application process allows the admissions team to select applicants meeting the above entry qualifications and demonstrate English Language competency. The admissions team will consider applications on a case-by-case basis. 

Stage 1: Submission of the Application Form:  

The applicant should submit an online application form, fill in all the fields, and upload the required documents. The registrar will invite the applicant for an informal interview and a discussion of the rest of the admissions process within one day. 

Stage 2: Submission of the Written Statement: 

Applicants will proceed to the full Interview only after submitting a written 500+/-10% word statement meeting the following basic requirements: 

  • Applicants should submit their written statements no more than one working day after the initial interview. Ideally, the formal interview will follow the submission of the statement subject to time constraints. 

  • The statement must be in the applicant's own words. 

  • All statements must be typed using Microsoft Word and must not contain any pictures or any comments copied from other sources. 

Please contact us for full details of the requirements and guidelines for preparing the statement.  

Stage 3: Interview Stage: 

Academic staff will mark the statements on the day or within one working day of their submission. 

Stage 4: Offers of Places: 

Prospective students who succeed at the Interview receive conditional offers of places no more than 24 hours after the Interview and should confirm their acceptance within seven days 

Applicants will be informed of any significant changes to the course that occur during the application process. 

The admissions team will inform all successful applicants about the times and arrangements for enrolment, registration and induction. 

Stage 5: Enrolment and Induction:  

Once tuition fees are approved/paid, student enrolment onto the course and induction occur before students begin their studies.