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Information Technology Degree Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Globally recognised online alternative to Year 1 and Year 2 of university
  • Get on the pathway to obtaining a BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies degree 
  • In partnership with Qualifi, making degree learning accessible to all
  • Complete Year 3 at the prestigious University of Derby
  • Flexible online study rather than on-campus lectures
  • Get on the fast track to your university qualification
  • Guaranteed admissions letter for final year at university
  • Avoid rising loan repayment fees
  • Save on expensive living costs associated with on-campus study

Achieving a degree in IT or a relevant subject can propel you towards a range of careers within the ever-evolving digital industry, such as cyber security, data science and more. With our pathway, which consists of the first and second years of a degree, removing in-person lectures and restrictive timetables, you have the option to complete Year 1 and Year 2 in as little as 9 months.

About Your Pathway

This undergraduate degree pathway in Information Technology is made up of 240 credits and is designed as an online alternative to completing Year 1 and Year 2 at university. Studying with us will fast-track you to the final year of an associated bachelor’s degree, which can be completed online at our partnered university.

This has been made possible through our partnership with Qualifi, a leading 21st-century Awarding Organisation, which is recognised by Ofqual. Qualifi is driven by providing a more flexible and cost-effective route for learners to achieve degree-level qualifications by offering progression routes with universities.

The course is delivered online, through an engaging array of online learning materials. So, you will find your education both interesting and rewarding. As a self-paced online course, you can also work towards your qualification without pressure, around your existing commitments.

What Will You Learn?

Year 1 will give you a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills, preparing you for diverse roles in the IT industry, such as programming, website design, or PC maintenance. Upon completion, you will possess a profound understanding of IT principles, applicable across various business environments.

Moving on to Year 2, you will cultivate skills relevant to careers in .NET programming, system administration, and network security. Additionally, you will delve into the realm of entrepreneurship within the technological landscape, gaining insights into what it takes to initiate your own venture upon certification.

University Progression

Upon successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 with us, you will be guaranteed an admissions letter to complete Year 3 of your undergraduate degree at the University of Derby, which was named Higher Education Institution of the Year in 2020.

For example, you could study:

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up)

Want a complete online degree experience? Year 3 can also be studied online at home with the University of Derby. This will cost you just £5,000*, which is paid separately to the university.

*On-campus options are available for Year 3, but prices vary.

Study for a Degree Without the Expensive Fees

If you want to get a head-start on your degree without having to commit to loan fees, then our Information Technology Degree Pathway is for you, as it covers Year 1 and Year 2. This programme is ideal for those of you who can’t commit to full-time study on a university campus, and you’d rather not pay nearly £30,000 in tuition fees! This programme offers a convenient home-based alternative to the initial two years of university study.

With the flexibility of online learning, you can bypass the constraints of fixed classes and timetables, enabling you to progress rapidly through the course materials. This newfound freedom empowers learners to reach their final year of university faster compared to traditional campus-based study.

A More Affordable Alternative

The latest change in student finance rules will see university graduates doubling their student loan repayments. This is in addition to repaying their student loans when they earn an annual salary of £25,000, instead of the £27,660 it was before.

With inflation and interest rates rising in the UK due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, university graduates are affected. For the 2022/23 academic year, there was a risk of student loan interest rates reaching 12%, further hitting the pockets of students.

Due to the current economic uncertainty, a university graduate could end up with an average of £42,900 of student loan debt, with tuition fees costing an average of £9,250 per year.

According to YouGov, 37% of people feel that current tuition fees are unfair, so it’s no surprise that many are looking for alternative options. Here at learndirect, we can offer you an affordable alternative pathway that covers the first and second year of a degree for a fraction of the cost of the traditional route.

Please note, once you complete our degree pathway, you will need to pay the top-up fee of £5,000 to your select university to study the third year of your course online. You can opt to complete your third year on campus, but prices vary.

Avoid Rise in Daily Living Costs

Our online degree pathway also helps you skip the other associated costs of a full-time university. By completing Year 1 and Year 2 online at home, there will be no student housing costs or travel expenses. You will also have the flexibility to integrate studying into your lifestyle without rearranging your existing commitments. So, if you’re currently working, you won’t have to give that up to get your degree.

Guaranteed University Admissions Letter

Not only do we fast-track your progress to the final year of an IT degree or a related subject at university, but we also provide you with an admissions letter. This letter fulfils the entry requirements for your final year at university, so you will have a smooth transition upon completion of our Information Technology Degree Pathway.

Modules

Year 1 contains 4 core units and 5 elective units:

Core Units

Unit 1: Information Technology and IT Ethics

Unit 2: Mathematics and Statistics for IT

Unit 3: PC Maintenance and Operating Systems

Unit 4: Computer Graphics Editing and Database Concepts

Elective Units

Unit 1: Logical IT Networking

Unit 2: Physical IT Networking

Unit 3: Web Programming

Unit 4: Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Unit 5: Programming Concepts and Java for Android Programming

Year 2 contains 4 core units and 6 elective units:

Core Units

Unit 1: Technopreneurship

Unit 2: Network Security

Unit 3: C#.NET Programming

Unit 4: System Administration

Elective Units

Unit 1: Network Routing and Switching

Unit 2: Network Design and Administration

Unit 3: Content Management Systems

Unit 4: Web Design

Unit 5: Business to Business (B2B) E-commerce

Unit 6: Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce

Learning Outcomes

By completing Year 1 and Year 2, you will:

  • Be able to understand and apply the principles of IT in a range of business environments
  • Be able to understand and apply the principles in a specific environment
  • Improve your employability as you explore the relationship between management theories and their practical application in the IT world
  • Be able to analyse problem-solving techniques specific to business and industry
  • Be able to select, collate, review and analyse information from a wide range of sources
  • Be able to effectively use verbal and communication skills
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be able to manage your own personal development and growth

Entry Requirements

To enrol on this course, you will need to have a good understanding of English.

Minimum Age Restriction

18

Average Completion Timeframe

While you have 24 months to complete this course, the online nature of study enables most learners to finish much sooner.

Assessment Requirements

There are no exams included in this study programme, instead, you will complete several written assignments.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

There are no exams included in this degree pathway, instead you will complete several assignments that we have designed and built with Qualifi and our university partners.

These assignments consist of a range of different tasks that can be completed from home and then submitted online through your learning platform. These include:

  • Written essays
  • Academic reports
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Extended essays on a related subject of your choosing

You will have support from a tutor throughout and will also receive additional guidance in terms of researching, planning, and drafting your work.

Qualifi

Qualifi logo

Upon successful completion of this online course, you will have achieved two globally recognised Qualifi qualifications:

  • Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Information Technology – Qualification Number: 603/4781/8
  • Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology – Qualification Number: 603/4791/0

Qualifi is a leading 21st-century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe. They identified a growing demand for consistent and credible academic qualifications and awards as the economy became more competitive and global in nature – especially in many fast-paced industry sectors.

Qualifi works with a growing number of sector skills councils, professional associations and employers to identify mission-critical learning requirements and assess outcomes of programmes to achieve consistent and recognised professional and academic standards.

Once you have successfully achieved this online Information Technology Degree Pathway, you can progress to the final year of an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, or a related subject, at an array of UK universities.  

This includes:

University of Derby – BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up)  – Please note, this is delivered online.

After finishing a degree programme at an accredited UK university, you will be qualified to pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.

The primary areas of employment include:

  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Technician
  • Cloud Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Engineer

For more insight on what your degree could lead to, click here.

  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 29th September
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 29th September

Information Technology Degree Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Globally recognised online alternative to Year 1 and Year 2 of university
  • Get on the pathway to obtaining a BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies degree 
  • In partnership with Qualifi, making degree learning accessible to all
  • Complete Year 3 at the prestigious University of Derby
  • Flexible online study rather than on-campus lectures
  • Get on the fast track to your university qualification
  • Guaranteed admissions letter for final year at university
  • Avoid rising loan repayment fees
  • Save on expensive living costs associated with on-campus study

Achieving a degree in IT or a relevant subject can propel you towards a range of careers within the ever-evolving digital industry, such as cyber security, data science and more. With our pathway, which consists of the first and second years of a degree, removing in-person lectures and restrictive timetables, you have the option to complete Year 1 and Year 2 in as little as 9 months.

About Your Pathway

This undergraduate degree pathway in Information Technology is made up of 240 credits and is designed as an online alternative to completing Year 1 and Year 2 at university. Studying with us will fast-track you to the final year of an associated bachelor’s degree, which can be completed online at our partnered university.

This has been made possible through our partnership with Qualifi, a leading 21st-century Awarding Organisation, which is recognised by Ofqual. Qualifi is driven by providing a more flexible and cost-effective route for learners to achieve degree-level qualifications by offering progression routes with universities.

The course is delivered online, through an engaging array of online learning materials. So, you will find your education both interesting and rewarding. As a self-paced online course, you can also work towards your qualification without pressure, around your existing commitments.

What Will You Learn?

Year 1 will give you a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills, preparing you for diverse roles in the IT industry, such as programming, website design, or PC maintenance. Upon completion, you will possess a profound understanding of IT principles, applicable across various business environments.

Moving on to Year 2, you will cultivate skills relevant to careers in .NET programming, system administration, and network security. Additionally, you will delve into the realm of entrepreneurship within the technological landscape, gaining insights into what it takes to initiate your own venture upon certification.

University Progression

Upon successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 with us, you will be guaranteed an admissions letter to complete Year 3 of your undergraduate degree at the University of Derby, which was named Higher Education Institution of the Year in 2020.

For example, you could study:

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up)

Want a complete online degree experience? Year 3 can also be studied online at home with the University of Derby. This will cost you just £5,000*, which is paid separately to the university.

*On-campus options are available for Year 3, but prices vary.

Study for a Degree Without the Expensive Fees

If you want to get a head-start on your degree without having to commit to loan fees, then our Information Technology Degree Pathway is for you, as it covers Year 1 and Year 2. This programme is ideal for those of you who can’t commit to full-time study on a university campus, and you’d rather not pay nearly £30,000 in tuition fees! This programme offers a convenient home-based alternative to the initial two years of university study.

With the flexibility of online learning, you can bypass the constraints of fixed classes and timetables, enabling you to progress rapidly through the course materials. This newfound freedom empowers learners to reach their final year of university faster compared to traditional campus-based study.

A More Affordable Alternative

The latest change in student finance rules will see university graduates doubling their student loan repayments. This is in addition to repaying their student loans when they earn an annual salary of £25,000, instead of the £27,660 it was before.

With inflation and interest rates rising in the UK due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, university graduates are affected. For the 2022/23 academic year, there was a risk of student loan interest rates reaching 12%, further hitting the pockets of students.

Due to the current economic uncertainty, a university graduate could end up with an average of £42,900 of student loan debt, with tuition fees costing an average of £9,250 per year.

According to YouGov, 37% of people feel that current tuition fees are unfair, so it’s no surprise that many are looking for alternative options. Here at learndirect, we can offer you an affordable alternative pathway that covers the first and second year of a degree for a fraction of the cost of the traditional route.

Please note, once you complete our degree pathway, you will need to pay the top-up fee of £5,000 to your select university to study the third year of your course online. You can opt to complete your third year on campus, but prices vary.

Avoid Rise in Daily Living Costs

Our online degree pathway also helps you skip the other associated costs of a full-time university. By completing Year 1 and Year 2 online at home, there will be no student housing costs or travel expenses. You will also have the flexibility to integrate studying into your lifestyle without rearranging your existing commitments. So, if you’re currently working, you won’t have to give that up to get your degree.

Guaranteed University Admissions Letter

Not only do we fast-track your progress to the final year of an IT degree or a related subject at university, but we also provide you with an admissions letter. This letter fulfils the entry requirements for your final year at university, so you will have a smooth transition upon completion of our Information Technology Degree Pathway.

Modules

Year 1 contains 4 core units and 5 elective units:

Core Units

Unit 1: Information Technology and IT Ethics

Unit 2: Mathematics and Statistics for IT

Unit 3: PC Maintenance and Operating Systems

Unit 4: Computer Graphics Editing and Database Concepts

Elective Units

Unit 1: Logical IT Networking

Unit 2: Physical IT Networking

Unit 3: Web Programming

Unit 4: Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Unit 5: Programming Concepts and Java for Android Programming

Year 2 contains 4 core units and 6 elective units:

Core Units

Unit 1: Technopreneurship

Unit 2: Network Security

Unit 3: C#.NET Programming

Unit 4: System Administration

Elective Units

Unit 1: Network Routing and Switching

Unit 2: Network Design and Administration

Unit 3: Content Management Systems

Unit 4: Web Design

Unit 5: Business to Business (B2B) E-commerce

Unit 6: Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce

Learning Outcomes

By completing Year 1 and Year 2, you will:

  • Be able to understand and apply the principles of IT in a range of business environments
  • Be able to understand and apply the principles in a specific environment
  • Improve your employability as you explore the relationship between management theories and their practical application in the IT world
  • Be able to analyse problem-solving techniques specific to business and industry
  • Be able to select, collate, review and analyse information from a wide range of sources
  • Be able to effectively use verbal and communication skills
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be able to manage your own personal development and growth

Entry Requirements

To enrol on this course, you will need to have a good understanding of English.

Minimum Age Restriction

18

Average Completion Timeframe

While you have 24 months to complete this course, the online nature of study enables most learners to finish much sooner.

Assessment Requirements

There are no exams included in this study programme, instead, you will complete several written assignments.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

There are no exams included in this degree pathway, instead you will complete several assignments that we have designed and built with Qualifi and our university partners.

These assignments consist of a range of different tasks that can be completed from home and then submitted online through your learning platform. These include:

  • Written essays
  • Academic reports
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Extended essays on a related subject of your choosing

You will have support from a tutor throughout and will also receive additional guidance in terms of researching, planning, and drafting your work.

Qualifications

Qualifi

Qualifi logo

Upon successful completion of this online course, you will have achieved two globally recognised Qualifi qualifications:

  • Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Information Technology – Qualification Number: 603/4781/8
  • Qualifi Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology – Qualification Number: 603/4791/0

Qualifi is a leading 21st-century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe. They identified a growing demand for consistent and credible academic qualifications and awards as the economy became more competitive and global in nature – especially in many fast-paced industry sectors.

Qualifi works with a growing number of sector skills councils, professional associations and employers to identify mission-critical learning requirements and assess outcomes of programmes to achieve consistent and recognised professional and academic standards.

FREE Digital Certificate

Once you have successfully achieved this online Information Technology Degree Pathway, you can progress to the final year of an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, or a related subject, at an array of UK universities.  

This includes:

University of Derby – BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up)  – Please note, this is delivered online.

After finishing a degree programme at an accredited UK university, you will be qualified to pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.

The primary areas of employment include:

  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Technician
  • Cloud Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Engineer

For more insight on what your degree could lead to, click here.

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