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Computing Skills for the Workplace (CertHE)

You could develop your skills, improve your self-confidence and restart your career in Computing.

This Certificate of Higher Education course is designed to give you the tools to apply and transfer your skills into the workplace. It will give you the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions; work independently and with other people; and plan things out before you start and complete the things that you’ve started. All the skills employers look for.

This programme is only available to Home applicants.


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below.

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Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course?

  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Develop the key skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.

What you will learn

Module Topics
  • Analysing and Solving Problems
    • Evaluate a problem and formulate requirements and constraints.
    • Analyse a problem and produce a logical solution
  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
    • Determine the essential characteristics and concepts behind computer systems and components, number systems, data capacities and transfer speeds, in the context of typical PC hardware and networking environments.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of general Operating System concepts.
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts
    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and application of the fundamental concepts, technologies, and standards required for building and rendering web pages.
    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the underlying concepts of data and databases, and the methodology of database design. Apply appropriate systems investigation and analysis techniques to design and implement relational database solutions.
  • Learning in the Digital Era
    • Demonstrate the foundational skills required to be a resilient and healthy independent learner.
    • Practise the principles of learning agility
    • Use suitable technology to support and enhance their learning experience within the discipline area
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials
    • Develop fundamental understanding of network basics in terms of architecture, devices, application and protocols.
    • Demonstrate systematic understanding of security policies and measures to mitigate internal and external attacks and threats in a network.
  • Software Solutions for Business
    • Knowledge and skills to use software packages and applications to support day-to-day business operations.
    • Ability to create, present and communicate information in a structured and managed way at their workplace.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is only available to Home applicants.

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses must be made directly to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David using our online application form.

Entry onto the programme is by individual merit.

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. The applicants will have to pass an assessment with one of our academics in order to be accepted onto the programme.

Career Opportunities

This programme is specifically focused on employability, ensuring that students are able to use workplace experiences to inform their studies throughout each module.

Explicit outcomes include the creation of digital portfolios, through which students can demonstrate their understanding of key skills, theories and methodologies for use at interview and to secure career progression.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Further Information

Please contact birminghamadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk if you have any questions about the University or about this course in particular. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page helpful.