NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 4 Diploma in Computing (RQF) in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/0406/X.
For entry onto the NCC Education L4DC qualification students must have at least one of the following:
- NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF) (L3IFDHES) or Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF) (L3DC) qualification.
- An international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education L3IFDHES or L3DC qualification. This must be agreed with NCC Education in advance.
- Mature students need to demonstrate over two years’ relevant work experience and also hold O’ level/GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.
If a potential student whose first language is not English, they will need to obtain a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively, take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement Test, which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.
Students must study the following eight core units:
- Skills for Computing – provides the essential skills for a computing student (including study, presentation, report-writing and data handling skills). Not only will this unit prepare for successful outcomes in studies, but it will also provide skills that can be applied in the workplace.
- Computer Networks – networking and communication skills are vitally important in today’s connected world. In this unit students will develop a good understanding of basic theory, and also develop useful practical skills.
- Computer Systems – supports the development of practical skills in the configuration, maintenance, fault-finding and trouble-shooting of modern computer systems and develops knowledge of computer architecture.
- Designing and Developing a Website – develops practical skills in website design by providing a detailed understanding of mark-up languages, style sheets, design techniques and testing.
- Databases – provides thorough training in practical techniques of the design and development of database systems together with developing a sound understanding of the underpinning theory.
- Designing and Developing Object-Oriented Computer Programs – provides a thorough introduction to computer programming using Java.
- Software Development Techniques – addresses the wider issues of software development together with a language-independent survey of useful data structures and algorithms.
- Office Solutions Development – develops practical skills in the automation of common office applications to support a variety of tasks.
Assessments for all units are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. All units are assessed by both examination and assignments.
Past papers and sample assessments:
Skills for Computing
Designing and Developing a Website
Designing and Developing Object-Oriented Computer Programs
Software Development Techniques
Office Solutions Development
The qualification allows students entry to either the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing (RQF), (which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor’s degree), or the second year of many UK university degree courses, or enables you to pursue a career in the IT industry.
Progression routes can be found on our University Progression page.