CertHE Computing
Full time
1 year
Location
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds
Faculty of STEM

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Course Overview

Studying your CertHE Computing with Arden University means you’ll be gaining all the modern computing skills you need to succeed in your career. 

Freshly updated in 2021 with new syllabus content, this course will give you the skills that employers in the computing sector are looking for right now. The CertHE is a recognised qualification in its own right and provides an entry route to degree-level study. This is a great option if you feel ready to study a degree course but don’t have the necessary qualifications usually required, such as GCSEs or A levels.

Our CertHE Computing course lays a solid foundation in areas such as Databases, Programming, Web Authoring and Computer Systems, giving you the skills you need to start your career in Computing, or continue studying and become an expert in your chosen field. 

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Course details and modules

Our CertHE in computing has been designed to give you the expertise you need to start your career on the right footing. Your course modules are regularly updated by our computing faculty members, ensuring you gain the skills to meet the current and emerging needs of the sector.

Martin Scahill

The course gave me the confidence and skills to go for senior jobs that I wouldn’t have previously. I have been promoted several times since.

Martin Scahill
BSc (Hons) Business & Computing (Top-Up)

Modules

This is a 1-year course available through full-time blended learning, which gives you additional study support and is ideal if you’re still unsure about committing to a full 3-year degree course. Once you’ve completed your CertHe, you’ll be able to continue onto Level 5 (year two) of the degree course if you wish to do so. To find out more about the Cert HE, click here

  • Introduction to Academic Skills and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Computer Systems and Security
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Web Authoring
  • Productivity and Collaboration Tools for Learning and Work

How will you learn?

Extra support

You will receive the same excellent support provided to all Arden students including success coaches, academic skills tutors and workshops, our careers team, and much more. You will also receive an additional four hours of online academic knowledge and study skills sessions as part of your course.

If English is not your first language, we’ll also give you one and a half hours of weekly academic English support

Study options

Janka Krsteva

I have learned a lot from the course program and it has given me a good foundation for me to expand my knowledge. The module structure is designed according to my knowledge requirements of my personal IT goals.

Janka Krsteva
BSc Computing Online

Full time blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our full-time blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. In addition to our usual eight hours of face-to-face teaching per week, as a CertHE student, you’ll also have an extra two hours of online support for academic knowledge and study skills development as well as one and a half additional hours of English Language for those who require it. This is combined with around 20 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully, as well as to the excellent student support services which are available to all Arden students.

Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face-to-face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres. 

If you're a student from England who is enrolling on a full-time blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres), you can apply for a Maintenance Loan for living costs to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland you can find information on Maintenance Loan from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

CertHE Computing

We welcome anyone onto our CertHE course who can show us their determination to complete the qualification. You’ll just need to complete our one-week Introduction to Higher Education, which mirrors the timetabled hours of your programme. Once you’ve passed this, you’ll be able to start on your CertHE.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or equivalent
  • If English is not your first language we'll provide one and a half additional hours of subject-specific academic English support each week.
  • Alternatively evidence that you have previously studied in English at the appropriate level can be accepted.

We’ll give you all the support you need to succeed. Then, when you graduate from your CertHE course, you'll be able to progress on to the rest of the degree course if you decide it’s right for you.

To find out more about the CertHE, click here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Mohammed Rehman

Arden University’s industry aligned computing programmes are focused on your needs as a student and the skills required by employers. We provide you with one-to-one support and contextualised learning so that you fully understand the latest developments and concepts being put into practice in data analytics, cloud-based technologies, software development and databases. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
 

Mohammed Rehman
Head of School Computing 

Career prospects

The CertHE Computing will provide you with a solid foundation in modern computing and set the stage for starting your computing profession or continuing your studies.

You’ll also have the chance to progress on to Level 5 of our BSc (Hons) Computing.

What can I do after Arden University?

Your CertHE Computing with Arden University sets you up for any number of possible career paths after graduation, however, we expect that you’ll want to continue studying at Arden on our BSc (Hons) Computing degree.

If you decide you want to jump straight into the workplace, we have a dedicated careers and employability team that will support you during your studies to achieve your professional ambitions.

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Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

To help support your academic journey, Arden University pays for your student membership in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The IET is recognised globally as a hallmark of quality and professionalism and can help boost your prospects with tips, tools and techniques you’ll use for life. It is home to more than 154,000 engineering and technology professionals in 148 countries.

As a student member of the IET, you’ll have access to the student hub, which includes a digital library (IET’s research and intelligence resources), virtual library (thousands of online eBooks, eJournals, magazines, and reports), IET.tv, and valuable mentoring opportunities.