Diploma in IT & Networking

Course overview 

If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Networking Diploma offered by Online Business School is definitely a course you should consider.

The Level 4 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first year of a University Degree and the Level 5 modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a University Degree.

Our online Level 4 Diploma in IT and Computing and level 5 Diploma in IT and Networking is a 240-credit qualification, it includes 10 modules and written assignments at Level 4 and 6 modules and written assignments at Level 5.

The Course is designedto equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become a network and infrastructure professional within the IT sector. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services, including Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma course.

Examples of University Progression
1. Southampton Solent University
2. University of Derby
3. University of Lincoln
4. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
5. Middlesex University.

Course Details

Course name: Diploma in IT & Networking

Level: 4 & 5

Credits: 240

Modules: 10 x level 4 6 x level 5

Assignments: 10 at level 4 6 at level 5

Price: LKR 240,000 + GBP 250 (Accreditation Fee)

University Progression

If you decide to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree through an accredited UK university, the costs are as follows

University of Derby
‍Top up Final Year inComputing and Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Southampton Solent University
‍BSc (Hons) InformationTechnology for Business, duration 9 months

University of Lincoln
‍BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Information Systems) Top-Up
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Network Technology) Top-Up

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
‍BSc (Hons) BusinessComputing and Information Systems top-up degree

Middlesex University
‍BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (finalyear)
BSc (Hons) Information Technology & Business Information Systems (top-up)

NOTE: UK/EU students may be eligible for student loans for the top-up portion of their studies.
Visit www.slc.co.uk for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible for this program?

To enrol onto the Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education.
Before enrolling to the Level 5 course, you must complete the Level 4 or an equivalent.

Level 4 module listing

Computer systems and software

This module will develop learners’ understanding of the integration of hardware and software components.

Computer programming

Learners will use different tools and techniques to design, implement and test programs, followingthe system life cycle.

Relational database systems

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of database systems and data analysis and modelling.

Software engineering

Learners will gain an understanding of the need for Software Engineering and the different methods and techniques.

Systems analysis and design

This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to organisation needs in respect of business processes and transformation of information.

E-Commerce applications

This module explores the role of e-commerce in the modern world and in particular the identification of aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements.

Human computer interaction

This module will develop students’ understanding of principles and models of human computer interaction and evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.

IT and society

This module examines the impact of technology on society and explores trends and changes created. It will examine management issues and potential conflicts in terms of security and data management.

Information systems project management

This module explores elements of project management key to successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.

Management information systems

This module focuses on understanding concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.

 Level 5 module listing


This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a new techno-business. It includes understanding the characteristics of entrepreneurs, planning, marketing and finance.

Network security

This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of network security issues in a networked environment and the process of preventing and detection common security incidents

C# .NET Programming

This unit aims to provide learners with the basic concepts and principles of ASP .NET programming using C#. This will enable learners to understand how to create dynamic web pages using server side programming techniques

System Administration

This unit aims to provide the knowledge needed to administer a system in Linux and Windows. Topics covered include user and group management; file system management; task automation; shell scripting; Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers; mail servers; domain name servers; files and printers sharing; basic utilities and tools; application management; registry; local and group policies; back-up policies; restore policies and performance tuning

Network Routing and Switching

This unit aims to deliver the knowledge needed to carry out switching and the knowledge and skills needed to carry out routing–how to set up and configure a router and switches to interconnect a multi area network. The unit covers computer networks routing and switching including Router Information Protocol (RIP);Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).

Network Design and Administration

This unit aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable learners to design a network, i.e.how to scale and connect different networks to form an effective interconnecting network. It covers hierarchical network design; gathering network requirements; identifying network performance issues.

Written assignments

On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The Assignments are approximately 5,000-8,000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the ‘Tutor’ section of the learning platform.

The assignment unit titles for the level 4 course are:

  1. Management information systems
  2. IT and society
  3. Computer systems and software
  4. Computer programming.
  5. Relational database systems
  6. Software engineering
  7. Systems analysis and design
  8. E-commerce applications
  9. Human Computer interactions
  10. Information systems theory

More information about the level 4 units can be found here https://athe.co.uk/level-4-computing/

The assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:

  1. Technopreneurship
  2. Network Security
  3. C# .NET Programming
  4. System Administration
  5. Network Routing and Switching
  6. Network Design and Administration

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