ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing

The ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing is a 120 credit size qualification.  It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing. It is equivalent to the first year of a degree programme in Computing.

Who this qualification is for?
Learners who are seeking to progress to higher education to take a Bachelor’s degree course in computing. Learners could also progress directly to employment.

What does the qualification progress to?
Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing which provides entry to the third year of a Bachelor’s Degree  at a university such as one of our university partners, Southampton Solent University. For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

What does this qualification cover?
Learners will take 120 mandatory credits.


Title Level Credit GLH
IT and Society 4 12 48
Computer Systems and Software 4 12 48
Computer Programming 4 12 48
Relational Database Systems 4 12 48
Software Engineering 4 12 48
Systems Analysis and Design 4 12 48
E-commerce Applications 4 12 48
Human Computer Interaction 4 12 48
Information Systems Theory and Practice 4 12 48
Management Information Systems 4 12 48

Entry Requirements

  • These qualifications are designed for learners from aged 19 and above.
  • A certificate/ diploma in  management studies or business management
  • An equivalent professional qualification from a recognised institution.
  • IELTS 4.5 or Equivalent
  • Mature students with a minimum of two years relevant work experience may be considered.

Course Material
Course material, including presentations, handouts, assignment briefs and e-books are made available to enrolled learners. In addition to this, the learners also get the course handbook and tutorial via emails to support the learning. We can provide printed books for a few units and these can be ordered by the learners at the start of the course at an additional cost. The books are from BPP Media or other publications and are discounted for enrolled learners. They are available for some units only.

Online learning

The learner sets the pace for learning and the courses are offered across an academic year basis. Although our tutors encourage the learners to make progress monthly, but this approach is flexible.

Fees- £1500*
* The fees is per academic year and includes awarding body registration and assessment fees. There are no other hidden costs

Key Facts

Awarding Body : Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE)
Course Duration : 3-12 months
Method of study : Full Time
Qualification Level :  4


We do everything we can to ensure that information on our website is correct, however details may change and we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. For more detailed information about the course visit ATHE official website on