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Accreditation: a guide

Co-ordinating Lecturer: Dr Mike Evans 029 2087 4212, evans@cardiff.ac.uk

Accreditation: a guide

Most of our courses now offer nationally recognised credits which can be used towards a Diploma of Higher Education (120 credits), a Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits) or a Certificate of Continuing Education (60 credits). Credits are recognition by Cardiff University that you have successfully completed a course of study.  Credits will be offered at either Level 4, which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree scheme, or at Level 5, which is equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree scheme.  To obtain credits you need to have attended a credit-bearing course regularly and to have completed the necessary assessments satisfactorily.  Assessment takes many different forms and may include assignments and class tests.  The assessment is appropriate to the course and to adult students.  Our tutors are very experienced and support is available throughout the course.

You can register to take an accredited course and decide as the course goes along whether you wish to be assessed.  There is no obligation to complete the assessment.  However, undertaking work during the course will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of a subject.

Diploma of Higher Education (120 credits)

Students wishing to enrol for the Diploma in Higher Education should check that they satisfy the entry requirements for this course of study.  To qualify for the Diploma in Higher Education, you must gain a total of 120 credits in specified blocks of 60 credits at Level 5.  There are four blocks of modules currently offered in Computer Studies and these are given below.  You must obtain 60 credits from each of two blocks of modules.  The total of 120 credits must be obtained within 10 years.

Level 5 Modules for C and Shell Programming Credits
C Programming I 20
C Programming II 10
C++ Programming 20
Windows Powershell Programming 20
Shell Programming I 20
Shell Programming II 10
Level 5 Modules for Java Programming Credits
Java I 20
Java II 20
Java III 20
Level 5 Modules for the Web Credits
PHP Scripting for the Web 20
Using mySQL with PHP for the Web 20
Web Development with Javascript and AJAX 20
Level 5 computer and network security Credits
Data Security and Networking 20
Computer Forensics Investigation and Response 20
Network Forensics 20

Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

To qualify for the Certificate of Higher Education, you must gain a total of 120 credits within 10 years.  The Certificate of Higher Education may include any combination of level 4 and level 5 courses.  A variety of courses must be covered but they can be related.  They cannot, however, be a repeat of previous course.  If you are unsure about the content of a course, the course tutor or Co-ordinating Lecturer will be pleased to advise you.

Certificate of Continuing Education (60 credits)

These are 60 credit Certificates awarded by the Centre for credits gained in a particular subject.  They allow students to study a subject in some depth and are awarded after the student has successfully completed the specified courses attached to the Certificate.  The relevant courses to the Computer Studies Certificate are listed in this programme.  You should note that not every course that counts towards a Certificate of Continuing Education is offered every year.  The 60 credits of the Certificate of Continuing Education can also count towards the eventual award of Certificate of Higher Education and may help you to qualify for entry on to a degree course.  I am sure that you will find subjects of interest to you in our Computer Studies programme.

Course Title Level Credits
C Programming I 5 20
C Programming II 5 10
C++ Programming 5 20
Windows PowerShell Programming 5 20
Shell Programming I 5 20
Shell Programming II 5 10
Java I 5 20
Java II 5 20
Java III 5 20
PHP Scripting for the Web 5 20
Using mySQL with PHP for the Web 5 20
Web Development with Javascript and AJAX 5 20
Introduction to Visual Basic 5 20
Computer Forensics Investigation and Response 5 20
Data Security and Networking 5 20
Network Forensics 5 20
Network Forensics 4 20
Python Programming 4 10
Web Development using HTML and CSS 4 20
Web Design and Technologies 4 20

If you want further guidance, you can contact your course tutor or Dr Mike Evans, Co-ordinating Lecturer on 029 2087 4212.