The Level 4 Diploma in Computing (with Business Management) (L4DC BM)) (previously the Level 4 Diploma in Business Information Technology (L4DBIT)) makes up the first year of the NCC Education degree journey. The qualification is equivalent to the first year of an IT degree in the UK university system.
Students will be given the opportunity to develop essential thinking and study skills in IT and business through a balance of academic and vocational subjects. They will be able to contribute to the development of computer systems and networks, databases and websites in a business context, whilst also developing an awareness of business needs. The qualification will allow them to understand and enter the IT and business profession with the necessary knowledge expected within the industry and the ability to apply the skills to a range of IT-related functions.
On successful completion of the qualification students will be able to embark on NCC Education’s Level 5 Diploma in Business Information Technology (L5DBIT), which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor’s degree, transfer to a university or pursue a career in the IT industry.
NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 4 Diploma in Business Information Technology in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/0624/9.
For entry into the L4DBIT / L4DC BM qualification, students must have at least one of the following:
- NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies
- NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Business
- NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing
- 1 GCE ‘A’ Level pass
If a potential student’s first language is not English, they must also reach the English Language requirements of either:
- IELTS min score of 5.5 or above
- GCE ‘O’ Level English C6
Mature applicants will also be considered for entry if they are able to demonstrate over two years of relevant work experience and have a GCE ‘O’ Level / IGCSE English and Maths or equivalent.
Students must study the following eight core units:
- Skills for Computing – This module provides essential skills required by computing students. The skills taught include study, presentation, report-writing and data handling skills. It will prepare students for successful outcomes in their studies and provide them with skills that can be applied in the workplace.
- Computer Networks – This module helps students to develop a good understanding of basic theory and useful practical skills of networking and communication that are vital in today’s connected world.
- Computer Systems – This module addresses 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 – This module provides students with the practical skills required in website design such as understanding of markup languages, style sheets, design techniques and testing.
- Databases – This module provides students with thorough training in practical techniques for the design and development of database systems and develops a sound understanding of the underpinning theory.
- eBusiness – This module gives students the opportunity to examine how organisations can use all aspects of eBusiness to create new products and services, reduce the cost of existing business processes and improve the efficiency of their operations using typical revenue models.
- Essentials of Management – This module covers the principles and functions of management, teaching students the key elements in planning and decision making and the significance of different controls required in an organisation.
- Understanding Business Organisations -This module provides an introduction to the objectives, roles, functions and various forms of business organisation as they adapt to a dynamic and changing environment and also considers information and technology in regards to efficiency and performance.
Assessments for all units are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. All units are assessed by assignments and/or examinations.
Past papers and sample assessments:
Skills for Computing
Designing and Developing a Website
Essentials of Management
Understanding Business Organisations
The qualification allows entry onto the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business Information Technology, which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor’s degree, or enables you to pursue a career in the IT and business industry.
Progression routes can be found on our University Progression page.
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