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Virtually everything we do involves computers and ICTs – from booking tickets online and emailing friends, to paying by credit card and using household appliances.
At the heart of ICTs are computers – ranging from the small embedded processor in your mobile phone, to the personal computer you use at home or work, and the large servers that support ecommerce and the world-wide web. Most of us simply take these technologies for granted, yet understanding how they work is fascinating.
Whether you simply have an enquiring mind, or want to learn more about this fast growing field in order to change career direction or improve your prospects, the OU offers a wide choice of part-time computer courses and qualifications to meet your needs. These include short courses, certificates, diplomas and foundation degrees in computing, as well as honours degree programmes accredited by the British Computer Society. And the great advantage of OU study is you don’t need to take a career break or sacrifice earning a living while you qualify.
Where to start in Computing and ICT
Whether you want a qualification or not, we recommend you start your studies at Level 1. But choosing the right type of course at Level 1 is very important.
Start with our 60-credit key introductory Level 1 course if you're fairly confident about studying:
This is a popular first step in many of our qualifications. You'll learn how to study at university level, get a thorough grounding in your chosen area of study and, in addition, you'll become a confident distance learner.
Start with our Openings course if you are a new or less confident learner (and living in the UK):
It will offer you a gentler introduction to OU study and is an ideal preparation for the other Level 1 course above. With lots of support and no exams, it will build your confidence and study skills.
If you already know that you want a particular qualification – see the descriptions below for advice about where to start.
- Computing & IT and a second subject
With this flexible joint honours degree specialise in computing & IT and combine it with a second subject: business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics.
- Computing and IT
This flexible degree course offers a variety of pathways, giving you the opportunity to specialise in ICT, software development, solutions development, vendor certification or work-based learning.
- Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice
If you’ve already completed the Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (or its equivalent), this top-up will give you a full honours degree.
- Open degree
The BA/BSc Open Degree is a qualification that gives you a huge choice in terms of subjects and modules that you study to make up your degree.
- Computing and IT Practice
If you already work with computers, this qualification will develop skills directly relevant to your work, and give you the academic knowledge valued by employers.
Courses in Computing and ICT
See the list of all our individual courses in Computing and ICT.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Computing and ICT.
Friday, 5 August 2011
Computing and ICT | Undergraduate Courses, Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and Qualifications - Open University