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IT and E-commerce (1st and 2nd year of University (Level 4 & 5) 240 Credit
1st and 2nd year of University (level 4 & 5)
With the number of people shopping online on the rise, and the number of online stores ever increasing, it’s becoming more and more important for retailers and e-commerce stores to know how to optimise and promote their websites to increase site visitors and revenues.
The technical skills and knowledge delivered through the successful achievement of the qualification are required and recognised internationally.
The rationale for the qualification is that it provides a career path for learners who wish to develop a broad base of knowledge and skills that will enable them to work in a variety of roles in the IT industry, notably in .NET programming, system administration and network security. Learners will also learn about entrepreneurship in a techno environment. The qualification is flexible in that it offers elective choices of networking, web design or e-commerce – the latter being much in demand in modern business.
The Level 4 & 5 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first and second year of a University Degree.
The online Level 4 Diploma in IT and Computing and the Level 5 Diploma in IT and e-commerce are a 240-credit qualification, it includes 10 modules and written assignments at Level 4 and 6 modules and written assignments at Level 5. The course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services, including Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma course.
Core Units level 4
- Management information systems
- IT and society
- Computer systems and software
- Computer programming
- Relational database systems
- Software engineering
- Systems analysis and design
- E-commerce applications
- Human computer interactions
- Information systems theory
More information about the level 4 units can be found here https://athe.co.uk/level-4-computing/
Core Units level 5
- Network Security
- C#.NET Programming
- System Administration
- Business to Business (B2B) E-commerce
- Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce
More information about the level 5 units can be found here https://qualifi.net/qualifi-level-5-diploma-in-it-e-commerce/
- Age: 18 +
- A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above.
- other related level 3 subjects.
- an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency.
- other equivalent international qualifications.
- For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification: • IELTs 5.5 or Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
- Students must complete and pass all level 4 modules before progressing to level 5.
- Learners may also have relevant work experience. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications
Mode of Study
Blended Learning (for students who are in the UK)
Online learning (International students who are abroad)
Fulltime: If you are studying full time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 9 months duration.
Part time: if you are studying part time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 2 years from the date of enrolment.
Fast track full time: if you are studying full time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 6 months
Online: if you are studying online and studying at your own pace you can complete in 3/4 years’ time.
Exam and Assessment
- There are no written Exams, only written assignments it must be submitted after completing each module.
- Overall Grading Type: Pass/Merit/Distinction
- 240 credit overall
After successfully passing all core units of level 4&5, you will receive level 4 IT and computing Diploma from ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education) & level 5 Ecommerce Diploma from Qualifi awarding bodies.
Learners completing any of the related QUALIFI Level 5 Diplomas in IT can progress to:
- QUALIFI Level 6 Diplomas or Athe level 6 diplomas or
- Final year of undergraduate study in Information Technology, Computer Science or related; or • directly into employment in an associated profession.
Modules contents overview
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.
Management Information Systems
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.
IT and Society
Learners will understand ethical, legal and regulatory issues relating to IT. They will also understand the impact of IT on 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.
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 Systems
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 Systems Theory and Practice
Learners will understand the benefits of using information systems to plan a project. They will use an information system to plan and implement an information systems project.
Systems 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.
Learners will learn about different eCommerce models and applications and how they can be used to develop eCommerce in a small business. They will research the stages involved in setting up eCommerce and they will use eCommerce applications to meet a client brief.
Learners will gain an understanding of the need for software engineering and the different methods and techniques.
This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a new techno business. It includes understanding the characteristics of entrepreneurs, planning, marketing and finance.
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of network security issues in a networked
environment and the process of preventing and detection common security incidents
This unit aims to provide learners with the basic concepts and principles of ASP.NET programming using C#. This will enable learners to understand how to create dynamic web pages using server side programming techniques
This unit aims to provide the knowledge needed to administer a system in Linux and Windows. Topics covered include user and group management; file system management; task automation; shell scripting; Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers; mail servers; domain name servers; files and printers sharing; basic utilities and tools; application management; registry; local and group policies; backup policies; restore policies and performance tuning
Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of business to consumer e-commerce. This includes the concepts and techniques used in mobile e-commerce and ticketing, the psychology of marketing, artificial intelligence (AI) in image recognition and social commerce.
Business to Business (B2B) E-commerce
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of Business to business (B2B) e-commerce. This includes Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), online transaction processing, inventory management systems and supply chain management.