Accreditation: a guide
Co-ordinating Lecturer: Dr Mike Evans 029 2087 4212, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Foundation Certificate (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|
|Windows Powershell Programming||20|
|Shell Programming I||20|
|Shell Programming II||10|
|Level 5 Modules for Java Programming||Credits|
|Level 5 Modules for the Web||Credits|
|PHP Scripting for the Web||20|
|Using mySQL with PHP for the Web||20|
|Level 5 computer and network security||Credits|
|Data Security and Networking||20|
|Computer Forensics Investigation and Response||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.
Foundation Certificate (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 Foundation Certificate is offered every year. The 60 credits of the Foundation Certificate 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.
|C Programming I||5||20|
|C Programming II||5||10|
|Windows PowerShell Programming||5||20|
|Shell Programming I||5||20|
|Shell Programming II||5||10|
|PHP Scripting for the Web||5||20|
|Using mySQL with PHP for the Web||5||20|
|Introduction to Visual Basic||5||20|
|Computer Forensics Investigation and Response||5||20|
|Data Security and Networking||5||20|
|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.