Computing and Information Technology University Advanced Diploma



Course code: OLUAD Level: 6

This online Advanced Diploma gives you the opportunity to study the three core areas of computing and information technology which are highly sought by employers in the computing industry:

Networking and security

Advanced database development

Advanced web development

Study a University Advanced Diploma in under one year part time

You can top up your existing skills and qualifications by studying our University Advanced Diploma in Computing and Information Technology within 12 months by completing three core 20 credit modules.

This course is ideal for career progression and continuing professional development (CPD) or as a platform to continue your study to a full degree with ourComputing and Information Technology BSc (Hons) top up.

It is suited to those who have an HND or Foundation degree in computing, have an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, or a BCS Diploma in IT. There is also an access route if you have an HNC with 3 years relevant work experience.

If you decide you would like to continue with the BSc top up degree, you can then tailor your study by selecting optional modules in key areas such as Information Security, Business, Leadership and Management, Understanding Mobile Technology Development, Project Management and Implementation to complement your chosen career path and suit your personal interests.

For the University Advanced Diploma in Computing and Information Technology you will need to complete the three core 20 credit modules below.


– Advanced Database Development



This module covers the design and deployment of relational databases in multi-user and web-based environments.  It also explores alternative technologies that are available in the database arena along with scripting languages utilised. The key issues of database security, legal and ethical issues and the incorporation of non-traditional data structures are also introduced.

On completion of the module, you will be able to model, design and implement a relational database with a web-based interface for a specific given case study. You will be able to review and critically evaluate database technologies.



Core:Core module

– Advanced Web Development



This module explores the issues, technologies, practices, and infrastructure involved in creating large-scale, multi-function websites. These typically include a combination of e-commerce, communication, social networking, content management etc.

A particular focus is on using critical thinking to evaluate web development issues and applying rational methods to selecting web technologies when presented with a variety of choices.

On completion of the module, you will be able to review and critically evaluate available web-based application implementation options. You will also be able to interpret web-based application development issues; identify and justify the design decisions involved in implementing full featured, multi-function websites.



Core:Core module


– Network Management and Security



This module aims to provide you with an in-depth awareness of the issues involved in the management of large scale computer networks. The importance of risk management is stressed as well as the implications of security compromise and infringement. You are introduced to current areas of research and interest in computer security e.g. cyber based warfare and terrorism.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to justify the need for network management, consider the main network management functions and be able to discuss the benefits and limitations of each. You will also be able to interpret current research and development in the field of network management security; and critically review the requirements for the design of a network system.



Core:Core module

You need to have one of the following:

– HND or Foundation degree in a computing subject from a UK university (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC)

– Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (2010 QCF)

– British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) – including completion of the professional project

– HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years relevant work experience in a computing role*

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you’ve already studied. This means we can make sure your HND or Foundation degree is compatible with this course.

*If you are entering with an HNC you will need to first study and obtain at least 40% in a level 5 Research Methods module.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

– IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0)

– TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)

– Pearson Test of Academic English: 58

– Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass

– London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses

– International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C

– International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.

Specialist online university
University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) specialises in delivering higher education and its objective is to empower students to achieve their full potential through a first class educational experience supported by information, advice and guidance.

University experience enriched with support
UDOL recognises that studying online and at a distance comes with its own challenges and that it’s a very different experience to traditional campus based study. The university´s support services have been designed to ensure that you can make the most of your time at the UDOL; with a wide range of support and information readily accessible.

Student support services include:

– Academic Team and Online Tutor
– Online Learner Advisor
– Student Wellbeing
– IT Service Centre
– eLibrary and Resource Centre
– Study Skills Advisory Scheme
– Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment Tool
– Careers and Employment Service

Read more below:

Academic Team and Online Tutor
UDOL has a large team of highly qualified academics from around the world, who are experts in their field. They are research active and many of them have a wealth of experience in industry as well as in academia, bringing great value to the programmes. The team also has a high level of expertise in online learning, using best practice techniques combined with online teaching methods to ensure your studies are rich and stimulating.

Online Learner Advisors
Once enrolled onto your course, you will be assigned a dedicated Online Learner Advisor with extensive knowledge of your programme, who will be your main point of contact throughout your course.
To help you succeed in reaching your academic goals, your Online Learner Advisor will maintain regular communication with you, offering advice and guidance for any non-academic issues such as pace of study, fees and funding, authorised breaks from study, dealing with exceptional circumstances, and much more.

Student Wellbeing
Achieving success in your studies is affected as much by your wellbeing as it is by your academic ability. If you are happy and confident within yourself and your environment, then you will be far more able to achieve the success that you deserve.
The Student Wellbeing services offer support for anything that may impact on you, your academic performance or your experience as a student, from budgeting and anxiety to managing serious problems. The counsellors are especially trained in supporting students online, no matter the issue.
For students with disabilities, learning difficulties or long-term or mental health conditions, specialist support is also available. The student wellbeing team will assess your requirements and put Support Plans in place containing reasonable adjustments to the way you are taught or assessed.

IT Service Centre
The IT Service Centre is able to provide assistance if you are experiencing technical difficulties. They are available 24 hours a day so no matter your time zone, IT support is just a call away.

eLibrary and Resource Centre
The University’s library is accessible to online and distance learners. Investment has been made to make sure that your reading lists are in electronic format and that there is a wide range of online databases, digital texts and ejournals available to you.
As a UK based University of Derby student, you can also access other libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme, which enables materials to be borrowed from higher-education libraries across the country. Many universities, HE colleges and national libraries throughout the UK and Ireland participate in the scheme making their resources widely available.
The library runs a comprehensive schedule of Support Sessions covering a wide range of topics. These live, one hourly webinars cover topics such as study skills, using the virtual library enquiry desk and dealing with assessment anxiety.

Study Skills Advisory Scheme
Developing your study skills is an integral part of studying. It is particularly important if you are returning to study after a long break and lack confidence in this area.
There is a wide range of resources including guides, audio-visual tutorials and live webinars covering:

– Writing essays and reports
– Writing a dissertation or Independent Studies
– Citing and referencing
– Reading and note taking
– Research skills
– Time management and coping with pressure
– Reflection and personal development planning
– And much more…

Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment tool
To ensure you have the skills needed for online and academic study, our unique study skills diagnostic tool gives you the opportunity, at any point of your studies, to identify the skills that you are strong at and those which you may need additional help with. The tool will direct you to information and assisted support according to your needs.

Careers and Employment Service
Whether you’re just starting your career or are on a well-established pathway, the Careers and Employment Service has lots to offers. Live webinars, career coaching, CV tailoring and online resources are just some of the services that are freely available to help you develop your employability skills and to plan your next career move. The Careers and Employment service is equipped to help you explore what you will need to do to enhance your career and support you in applying for roles.
As an Alumnus of the University, you will have access to the Careers and Employment Centre for up to 3 years after graduation. You can access the service online, over Skype/ Hangout, on the phone, through e-mail or in person at our Derby campus.

Find out more about the careers and employment centre

– Step 1- Start your online application.

It’s free to apply and you have 28 days to complete your application so don’t worry if you don’t have everything to hand right now.

– Step 2 – Submit your online application.

Provide as much detail as you can and we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

Please, attach the following documents to your online application:

– Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence

– Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher

– Copies of certificates or letter of testimony for previous qualifications

Don’t worry if you can’t attach your documents right away.  Simply write your name and unique application id onto them, email, fax or post them to us after you’ve submitted your completed application.

– Step 3 – Wait for a response.

Our Online Learning Advisors will review your application and contact you within 1 working week. If your application is successful, we will make you an ‘unconditional’ offer. If we still need some additional information from you (eg evidence of your qualifications and experience including certificates and references) we may make you a conditional offer. If your application is unsuccessful on this occasion, we will email you to let you know.

– Step 4 – Time to enrol

We’ll ask you to enrol onto your course about 4 – 6 weeks before the start of term.  For example, if you apply to start your course in September enrolment will open approximately mid-August.

– Step 5 – … and pay

Contact us for more details about payments and notes for sponsors.

– Need Help?

If you have any questions during your application, don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Online Learning Advisors for assistance.

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