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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing

The Higher Level Apprenticeship allows you to gain certification while working for a local company, requiring attendance at college one day per week.

Available Sessions

We have 3 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-19:30
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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-19:30
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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing (Subject to Approval)
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-19:30
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During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Structure
You will complete a Foundation Degree in Computing along with work related qualifications over a three-year period.  The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.



Students are required to undertake mandatory modules equating to 180 credits. 

Mandatory modules include:

  • Introduction to Programming 1 (10 Credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Effective Learning in Computing (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Databases with SQL (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Programming 2 (10 credits)
  • Network Technology (20 credits)
  • Computational Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in an ICT Context (10 credits)
  • Object-oriented Programming (20 credits)
  • Work-based learning (40 credits)

Students must also undertake a further 60 credits' worth of optional modules (listed below). Currently the optional modules are structured into two distinct pathways; however, it may be possible to study modules from both paths depending on timetable constraints.

Optional modules will be a choice of:

Pathway 1 – Programming

  • Programming in .NET (20 credits)
  • Software testing Methods (10 credits)
  • Web Application Development (10 credits)
  • Games Development (10 credits)
  • Mobile Application Development (10 credits)

Pathway 2- Infrastructure Support

  • Wide Area Networking (20 credits)
  • Internet Server Management (20 credits)
  • Networking Infrastructure (10 credits)
  • Network Security (10 credits).

*Optional modules are subject to minimal student number requirements and therefore module availability may vary. 

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University sports centre and access to physical and online library materials.  To find out more visit UU Associate Student.

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

7 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further 3 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of the industry.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above.  This must include a minimum of Grade C in GCSE Maths, or Merit in Mathematics for IT Practitioners unit on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or University-approved equivalent)
  • A minimum of Grade C in GCSE English or approved equivalent.


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A Levels 
  • National Awards AND
  • Be employed in a suitable IT/ Computing company either as a new employee or as an existing employee in a new job role 

    International Requirements:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0, or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
    • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III, or other University-approved equivalent qualifications 

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)  

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


    • Successful completion of the admissions process


    • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

    Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and course-specific requirements.  Each applicant is entitled to the appropriate information, advice and counselling to assess their entrance level and vocational choice.  All applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course

    How will I be assessed and given feedback?
    Students are assessed using a range of different methods.  These include examinations, coursework, project based learning, presentations, practical assessments and class tests. This is dependent on the requirements of each module of study.  Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.
    Where will it take me?

    This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the ICT industry or progression to related degree programmes.

    On successful completion of this course you may progress to the BSc Hons Computing Systems at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you can apply to other colleges/universities to complete your undergraduate degree or apply for employment. 

    How will it make me more employable?

    The course provides the opportunity to undertake employment within the computing industry whilst completing the Foundation Degree in Computing.  This will enable you to gain industry experience at the same time as completing your academic qualification.

    You will learn transferable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply for relevant jobs within the computing industry.  The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.  Throughout the course industry standard software and equipment is utilised with a focus on the core industrial skills required for the computing industry.

    Additional Costs
    There are no additional associated costs with this Programme
    Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.
    Terms & Conditions

    Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

    While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

    In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

    Students are required to:

    • To have employment within the IT sector
    • Comply with College Policies and procedures
    • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted
    • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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