Level 5 Diploma in Computing (L5DC)

NCC Education is accredited to award the Level 5 Diploma in Computing (RQF) by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/3055/0.

For entry onto the NCC Education L5DC qualification students must have at least one of the following:

  • NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (RQF) (L4DC).


  • A local or international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education L4DC qualification. This must be agreed with NCC Education in advance.

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:

  • Professional Issues in IT – highlights the professional issues that impact on the development, deployment, maintenance and use of computer systems. This unit will equip students with the knowledge surrounding social, ethical and legal issues applicable to the IT field and also a working understanding of software quality.
  • Network Security and Cryptography – provides students with the underlying theory and practical skills required to secure networks and to send data safely and securely over network communications.
  • Information Systems Analysis – equips students with a range of tools to analyse the function and requirements of information systems, as well as the skills to compare systems analysis models, and to examine them in the wider context of the Internet and the social, economic and political climate of an organisation.
  • Dynamic Websites – builds on existing knowledge of both databases and web design in order to build dynamic websites and also equips students with a range of skills to present content on the World Wide Web.
  • Analysis, Design and Implementation – provides in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in the use of object-orientated techniques for the development of software. The unit also develops experttise in object-oriented analysis, design and coding, and the testing of systems.
  • Database Design and Development – develops skills in the design and development of databases and database management systems, as well as investigating enterprise applications of databases.
  • Agile Development – explores the processes, people, practices and principles of agile development systems. The unit fully prepares students for the future trends in software development and reinforces understanding of the information systems development process.
  • Computing Project – gives the opportunity to utilise the skills needed to develop a computing artefact to solve a problem, which involves research, analysis, design, coding, testing and project management knowledge and expertise.

The qualification allows entry onto NCC Education’s final year top-up qualifications in Computing (further entry requirements may apply), or to a third 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.