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Computing and IT Practice

The Open University UK

48 months
3168 GBP/year
3168 GBP/year
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This Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice diploma at The Open University UK is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a study route for you.

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The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers. 

Key features of the Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice diploma at The Open University UK

  • Work-based and developed in partnership with employers
  • Builds on the computing and IT skills you already have
  • Enables you to choose from focuses and modules to meet your particular needs and interests
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study, for example our Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Career relevance

Finance, government, business, commerce, public services such as health and education, and the voluntary sector are all critically dependent on computing and IT systems. This foundation degree is an ideal starting point for a career in any of these sectors, focusing on information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields, or to enhance your existing career.

Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area.

Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to computing and information technology
  • Career development and employability
  • Discovering mathematics
  • Essential mathematics
  • Technologies in practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

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240 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To successfully complete the two compulsory work-based modules for this qualification, whatever your chosen career, you must:

  • be engaged in full-time or part-time employment – either paid or voluntary
  • have permission to carry out work-based learning tasks in your work setting
  • confirm that the work you submit is based on your practice in that setting.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3168 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12672 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.
  • National

    3168 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12672 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.


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