Computing

ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies

The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies and careers in the field of computing technologies.

The qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject experts, colleges, higher education institutions and businesses to ensure the qualification meets their needs.

The different pathways allow learners to study a more general (non-specified) programme or specialise in particular fields of study as listed below. All pathways have the same credit value. 

At a glance:

  • 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
  • Graded Pass, Merit, Distinction
  • Designed with support from subject experts, training providers and universities
  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.
  • Five specialist pathways available

To view the Qualification Specification - click here.

Units and Pathways

Learners can choose from the following pathways and mandatory units to meet their personal and organisational needs:

This includes

  • ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies (Software Engineering) -120 credits (5 mandatory units, 2 pathway units)
  • ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies {Application Development) -120 credits (5 mandatory units, 2 pathway units)
  • ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies (Data Analytics) -120 credits (5 mandatory units, 2 pathway units)
  •  ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies (Networking) -120 credits (5 mandatory units, 2 pathway units)
  • ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies (Artificial Intelligence) -120 credits (5 mandatory units, 2 pathway units)

Units

Learners must complete all five mandatory units and two optional units. To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

Managing Innovation and Change in Computing

This unit aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding in order to manage innovation and change in computing environments. Learners will explore that change is constant and the importance of understanding and applying a process for managing change within an organisation. There will be a focus on innovation and changes that are common across the computing industry.

Systems Development and User Experience (UX)

This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the development of systems and how this is achieved using a range of systems development life cycle models (SDLC).

Implementing and Managing Cyber Security

This unit aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding of securing computing systems and how to implement and manage cyber security in an enterprise environment. The unit will focus on the core principles to consider in order to secure systems appropriately.

Business Intelligence Systems 

This unit aims to help learners develop an understanding of business intelligence systems and the benefits of using such systems from an organisational point of view.

Independent Project

This unit aims to provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an independent project. In the unit learners can utilise the knowledge and understanding gained in previous units and from other areas of learning and experience to independently manage and complete a practical project. 

Agile Transformation

This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and uses of agile development within business environments. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the fundamental process of agile development including the methodologies used.

Enterprise Resources Planning Systems (ERP Systems)

This unit provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems.  Learners will learn system principles, their use and the benefits they can bring to an organisation.

Mobile Application Development

This unit aims to provide learners with an advanced understanding of the processes involved with developing and launching a mobile application to meet user requirements

Data Analysis and Big Data
This unit aims to provide learners with an advanced understanding of the processes involved with developing and launching a mobile application to meet user requirements

Networking and Infrastructure Development
This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of networks used within computing environments and the importance of ensuring a network is designed appropriately, is scalable and fit for purpose.

Internet of Things (IoT)
This unit aims to provide learners with core knowledge and understanding of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The unit also explores how IoT is used today to increase productivity and efficiency across personal and business life, identifying its use in the future.

Artificial Intelligence
This unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to the features of artificial intelligence including the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence. This will include intelligence machines, artificial thinking and working like humans for example, speech recognition, problem-solving and learning.  

Computer-based Research Methods

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of different computer-based research methods.

Entry Criteria

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 21 and above and have already graduated in a computing and/or information technology qualification at Level 6. Alternatively learners may be working in the field of computing technologies, have participated in training and be experienced practitioners. This may provide sufficient evidence for individuals to embark on this level of study and meet the required standards.

Age: 21 + Entry profile:

  • a first degree in Computing and/or Information Technology or related subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications.

Progression

On successful completion of the ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies, there are a number of progression opportunities.

Learners may have the opportunity to progress to:

  • MSc top up in Computing or a related subject, or an MBA top-up
  • membership of professional associations
  • increased employment opportunities
  • career progression and promotion