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The Postgraduate Certificate in Computing is an intensive programme of study designed for graduates and professionals with appropriate industrial experience. It will develop your knowledge and skills in computing, support a professional approach to the application of those skills, and demonstrate your capability for advanced-level study. A wide choice of modules enables you to meet your immediate career needs or extend your understanding of this broad subject.

Key features of the course
• A valuable qualification recognised by industry and frequently attracting students sponsored by their employers.
• Designed to support your continuing professional development.
• Provides evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme.

Entry requirements

You will need a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience. If you do not hold a bachelors degree, irrespective of your industrial experience, you will need to study a module from the Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (K22) to demonstrate your ability to study successfully at postgraduate level. On successful completion, you can link your study to this qualification at a later date.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Duration

1 - 2 years.

Most students complete this qualification over one year, which is the minimum time needed, completing 30 credits over two consecutive 6-month periods. The maximum time to complete is two years.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
The modules in the postgraduate computing programme are for professional computer specialists, engineers, technical managers and scientists who need to update their skills and knowledge in specific areas, and gain recognised qualifications to develop their careers.

The modules have been developed to combine theoretical and practical aspects of computing, to enable you to become an effective professional in the computing industry. In addition, they encourage you, through the provision of appropriate educational activities, to develop study and transferable skills applicable to your employment and your continuing professional development.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules
You can study the modules in any order, although we recommend that you begin with a module from List A that is related to your area of interest or experience.

If you intend to continue studying towards our Postgraduate Diploma in Computing (E81) or MSc in Computing (F66) and want to consider a specialist pathway, you should ensure that the modules you choose for this certificate are appropriate for that specialism.

To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

30 credits from List A:

List A: optional modules

Credits Next start
Data management (M816) 30 01 Nov 2017
Information security (M811) 30 01 Nov 2017
Project management (M815) 30 01 May 2017
Software development (M813) 30 01 May 2017

Plus

A further 30 credits from the list A or from List B:

List B: optional modules

Credits Next start
Advanced routing CCNP 1 (T824) 30 01 May 2017
Continuing professional development in practice (U810) 30 06 May 2017
Digital forensics (M812) 30 01 May 2017
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30 01 May 2017
Network security (T828) 30 01 Nov 2017
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Software engineering (M814) 30 01 Nov 2017
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30 01 May 2017
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T846

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

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On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Computing entitling you to use PG Cert Computing (Open) after your name.

You may continue your studies by adding a further 60 credits to your postgraduate certificate to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing (E81) then an additional 60 credits to gain an MSc in Computing (F66).

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