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.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10189
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Computing/Software Engineering/Networking

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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.  

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.


Year 1:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Personal Qualities in the IT Industry
  • Introduction to Databases with SQL

Year 2:

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Network Technology
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Mobile Application Development

Year 3:

  • User Centered Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Work-based learning (40 credits)

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

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 7 hours per week per semester. 

Student workload usually includes 2 to 5 assessments (which may contain a combination of coursework, class tests, practical assessments and/or examination) per module. 

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme.

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application.

You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.

Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

• GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


• GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


• 2 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points including:

• GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile CC


• [RQF] Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in with overall award profile MPP


• [RQF] Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma with overall award profile MM


• Access to HE Diploma (NI): 45% overall and 45% in level 2 Access Mathematics.


• An equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.


Successful completion of the Admissions Process.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.

International Students

English Language Requirements International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

• PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

  • Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test

For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk

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.

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) Computer Science at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you can apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or apply to go straight into employment. 

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 transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply to 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.

 There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.

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Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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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