This programme is a Higher Technical Qualification which is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and developed with employers. A Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) from UCP offers an alternative high-quality route for you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your career.
It is also accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS) and provides you with student membership while studying and on achievement of the qualification you will gain Associate Membership. You will be taught the course in a modular / block delivery mode so that you can immerse yourself in two areas of learning every 7 weeks, gaining knowledge and practical skills at an advanced pace.
The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to digital technologies and to a range of digital technology specialist functions. This develops and strengthens core skills, while preparing students to study specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.
The Level 5 units give students the opportunity to specialise in a digital-technology-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study. The units prepare students to move on to specific areas of digital technologies at Level 6 or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision making. Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of digital technology situations.
During Level 5, you will have the opportunity to gain industry experience through a placement forming part of a unit. This experience will allow you to work in a technical environment and build on your network of industry contacts. After studying a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies students will be able to progress onto the BSc Computer Science course at UCP.Employers involved in creating the standard: Estee Lauder, UBS, Risual Ltd, Network Rail, DMG Media
You must meet the following entry requirements:
5 GCSE grades C/4 or above, including English and Maths and 48 UCAS points, which should be from a related subject in one of the following:
Pearson BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals in Digital Technologies for England Specifications – Issue 2 – May 2023. Our Recognition of Prior Learning policy means that students’ previous learning and experience can be taken into account and they may be awarded certain qualifications or units of a qualification based on that learning or experience. Please see Section 9 for more information.
Each module is worth 15 credits.
Year one (Level 4)
Year two (Level 5)
Assessment includes written assignments, seminars, poster presentations, practical labs, reports, portfolios, case studies and presentations. Some elements may be assessed by formal examination. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement.
The programme is designed to enable you to progress to the third year (Level 6) of our Open University BSc(Hons) Computing Science degree.
Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in conservation and joined Stamford College to study Level 3 Animal Studies and then progressed to the HND Animal Management course at UCP.Nathan Scott, Former student
I couldn’t have picked a better degree to prepare me for the role! University Centre Peterborough provided me with support during the application process, plus, the class sizes were small, so I got plenty of one-to-one support.Bethany Reynolds, Former Student
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From the very beginning to the end of my degree I have learnt, experienced and gained so much knowledge, skill and passion for my subject.Emily Stack-Humphrey, Former student
After I presented my final year project at the UCP Computing Conference, which is attended by employers from the IT industry, I was invited to an interview at HIVE Learning who were impressed with my work. That has now led to me getting my dream job in London working on the development of learning technologies.Maciej Kazimierek, Former Student
University Centre Peterborough currently has 700+ students on over 30 different degree level programmes.
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