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Introduction to Computing and Information Technology, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Introduction to Computing and Information Technology programme offered by The Open University UK introduces you to key concepts in computing and information technology (IT), such as digital technologies, programming and networking.


The Introduction to Computing and Information Technology programme offered by The Open University UK will equip you with a comprehensive toolbox of relevant knowledge, understanding and skills and introduce you to issues encountered in computing and IT, including the profound social and ethical challenges posed by these technologies.

You will also develop your key skills including communication, numeracy and digital and information literacy (DIL).

You’ll have a tutor who’ll help you with the study material, and mark and provide feedback on your work. Your tutor is your first point of contact for any queries on the module and you can ask them for advice and guidance. Your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. 

We may also offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students. In addition, there will be online tutorials and other collaborative activities which will take place in your tutor group’s online forum. Throughout your study you can use this forum to keep in touch with your tutor and with other members of your tutor group.

Vocational relevance

This module has particular vocational relevance for those wishing to develop a career in the computing and IT industry – providing many opportunities to demonstrate relevant technical knowledge and practical IT skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 5 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

This module is presented in three blocks:

  • The digital world – the digital technologies that pervade our home, work and social lives;
  • Creating solutions ­– programming skills for creating solutions to simple problems;
  • Connecting people, places and things – the computer networks that allow us to interact with others.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You’ll need to be able to use a word-processor; save and locate files; follow instructions for basic computing tasks; access websites; and download and install software. No previous programming experience is required, but you will need to have an interest in using a computer for problem solving and a desire to learn how to create programs.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
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