Course Overview

Our innovative course combines the study of systems support with networking, and therefore aims to provide you not only with a core set of technical skills, but the knowledge of technology to best utilise them. We also aim to prepare you for the competitive computing industry by training you in a range of vendors, which is increasingly sought after in the sector.

In your final year, you will have the freedom to specialise in a preferred area of study, which your Final Year Project will be based around. We also place particular emphasis on employment in the field, and your accumulative body of work will be brought together to form a portfolio to showcase to potential employers.

Course Structure

At Level 4, you will learn the principles that form a comprehensive knowledge of the development and support of networked computer system, through a combination of practical work and the theory that underpins it. The mix of concept, theory and practice lays a foundation for you to independently consider and develop computer networks and support systems, later in the course and in employment.

At Level 5, you will begin to focus on planning, developing and implementing solutions; you will use problem solving skills, as well as demonstrate where existing theories have been provided as solutions. Through group work, you will also build on your project management, organisational and time-management skills that are vital for level 6 and employment.

Level 6 develops existing skills to an advanced level, and culminates in an individual final project which will showcase your technical skills and professional execution. You will also be involved in researching and planning for future employment or further education.

Modules Covered

Level 4 modules will include:

  • Operating Systems, Hardware and Maintenance
  • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security
  • Introduction to Systems Support
  • Networking Architecture, Standards and Addressing Schemes
  • Supporting Operating Systems
  • Emerging Technologies

Level 5 modules will include:

  • Configuring and Maintaining Routing Environments
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Helpdesk Management
  • Enterprise Routing and Switching
  • Systems Security
  • Project Management for IT

Level 6 modules will include:

  • Designing and Supporting Enterprise Networks
  • Server Configuration and Administration
  • Advanced Network Design and Testing
  • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates
  • Final Year Project

Learning Methods

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

Teaching Methods

Concepts and theories that are presented through lectures are then explored and developed during tutor led tutorials and student led seminars. Case studies and interactive Workshops are also implemented to aid learning, and there is a strong focus on Personal Development Planning, which aims to prepare you for employment and consider ethical, social and legal issues which can face the computer professional.

An annual literacy and numeracy test is also given, so that you can be offered learner specific support if needed.


Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focussing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

Additional Costs

There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies – but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

Entry Requirements

72 UCAS tariff points with GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent.

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Applications are welcomed and encouraged from those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level.

Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
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Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification