Level 5 Online Diploma in Computing


This qualification 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.


The ATHE level 5 Online Diploma in Computing is for those who want to  pursue a senior role in information systems management, programming, web development or software engineering.  This qualification will open the doorway to a wealth of career opportunities in the IT industry.

Building on the Level 4 Diploma in Computing, the Level 5 Diploma in Computing includes core areas such as programming, but also higher level subjects such as Strategic Management Information Systems, Computing Research Methods, and Managing a Computing Project. The qualification was designed to support progression to the third year of a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science.

Course Overview:

The Online  Level 5 Diploma in Computing provides much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards in computing and information technology and is also recognised by a variety of UK universities for progression to bachelors degrees in computer science and other related disciplines.

Course Structure

The Undergraduate Level 5  Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit course which is designed to fast track you to the second  year of an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or information technolog, which can be be completed either on campus or by distance learning.

You will also need to complete all Level 5 modules and assignments, which is equivalent to the second year of a University Degree.   Each unit consists of 40 hours of guided learning activities and exercises.  You will need to complete all Level 4 units (120 credits) which include the following 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 analyze 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.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be aged 18 or over to take this qualification. There are no formal requirements for specific prior qualifications or levels of attainment but if you have recently been in education or training you will normally be expected to have either 2 or more GCE A levels and 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above, another level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects. Alternatively, if you have completed the level 4 Diploma in Computing you may progress onto this course.


You will be required to complete an assessment for each unit, which will be graded either a pass, merit or distinction.  You will need to ensure that you meet all of the assessment criteria for each unit in order to pass.  For each assessment you will be required to demonstrate that you have undertaken the necessary amount of research and reading, presenting your work using a high level of written English.

Resources and Support

Once you have registered for the programme you will receive login details required to access the wealth of resources and support that is included in this qualification packages.  The support that you will receive includes:

  • Interactive e-learning resources via our student portal.  On the portal are lessons for each unit/module as part of the qualification.  Lessons include videos, lectures, podcasts, interactive components, all designed by experienced lecturers and teachers.
  • Online student discussion forums – provides an opportunity for you to interact and discuss with other learners on your course
  • E-workbooks
  • E-management books and resources
  • Webinars
  • Video library

Additional Support

There may be times when you feel that you may require additional support, this is available throughout your courses as and when you need it. Support can be through, one to one tutoring, via telephone or online,  or access to online webinars.

University Progression Pathways

After successful completion of this course, you may progress onto completing a first degree at many UK universities.  You will be fast-tracked to the 3rd year of a first degree programme.  Some examples of your progression pathway are:

Entry Requirements

  • These qualifications are designed for learners from aged 19 and above.
  • A certificate/ diploma in management studies or business management.
  • An equivalent professional qualification from a recognised institution.
  • Mature students with a minimum of two years relevant work experience may be considered.
  • If English is not your native language then we need IELTS 4.5 or Equivalent


On successful completion of a Level 5 qualification in Computing, there are a number of progression opportunities.  Learners may progress to employment in a computing and/or technology role at an appropriate level or the final year of a degree programme, UK University pathways include:

University of Lincoln

  • BSC(Hons) Computer Science (Network Technology Top-Up
  • £3,500.00
  • BSC (Hons) Computer Science (Information Systems) Top-Up
  • £3,500

Southampton Solent University

  • BSc(Hons) Information Technology for Business – 9 months
  • £9,000.00


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