ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing

The ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing allows its learners the opportunity to obtain entry into a Bachelor’s Degree in the second year. The Level 4 Diploma will support your career objectives in fields such as programming, software engineering, network management and E-commerce. The programme is designed to cover topics in-depth on computer systems and software, systems analysis and design and management information systems. Learners will be gaining a firm foundation that will have an immensely positive impact on the professional climate in the computing industry.

Learners who lack traditional entry qualification will find this Level 4 ATHE Diploma the perfect foundational course to exempt from units completed and receive direct entry to a relevant degree programme of their choice. This is an Ofqual regulated qualification that is recognised in the UK and will let you continue your pathway to higher education in a shorter time period. The course will cover all mandatory units extensively and give you a sound understanding of the fundamentals of computing.


The qualification will make you a marketable and highly sought candidate in the industry, giving you a significant advantage over your peers. It is the most flexible and effective path to achieve a top-up qualification and gain entry into the second year of a degree programme. You can enhance your career opportunities and educational profile with this certification. The Level 4 qualification provides a progression pathway to the Level 5 Diploma in Computing which supports entry into the third year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computing

Entry /Eligibility requirements:

  • Age


Entry profile

A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
Other related level 3 subjects
An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
Other equivalent international qualifications

ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing

The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides learners with the core knowledge, understanding and relevant skills that support learners planning to further their studies in computing or learners looking to move directly into the workforce. It is equivalent to the second year of a degree programme in computing and learners may progress into employment in the sector or into the final year of a bachelor’s degree.

Key Features

1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
Graded ‘Achieved’ or ‘Not achieved’
Designed with support from universities
Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning

Entry Criteria

  • Age


Entry profile

Prior study in computing or related subjects at level 4 or above
A level 4 qualification, for example an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing
Other equivalent international qualifications