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Digital Skills (CertHE)

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Our CertHE programmes have been specifically designed to give you a range of skills sought by employers when considering applications to higher and degree apprenticeships.

During your studies, you will gain the specialist and transferable skills to enable you to identify and solve real-world information technology problems and to confidently apply knowledge in a dynamic workplace environment.

The programme team will work with you to develop your practical, verbal and written skills - while allowing you to demonstrate to potential employers that you can plan and work effectively, independently and with other people, to deliver on your objectives… the skills employers want!

  • The course will be delivered through a mix of online delivery, face-to-face theory and practical sessions.
  • This will be delivered over three days per week in a blended learning format with an additional period of workplace learning.
  • Theory and practical sessions will be at UWTSD’s new Waterfront campus in Swansea.

The programme team will work with students and industrial partners to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience within a real industrial environment or within the university.

We are currently inviting applications for September 2022.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS (code: SKD6). Part-time applicants, or applicants who wish to start in February, should apply through the University. 

We are interested in people who demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals with varying levels of prior experience or qualifications.

Applicants will meet with one of our friendly academic supervisors so we can assess their suitability for the course while finding out more about them and their goals.

We are currently inviting applications for September 2022.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education and will have a number of progression opportunities available, including:

  • Full-time HNC/D
  • Degree courses
  • Application to a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship placements (if suitable employment can be established).  

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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Reasons to study this course

  1. Develop the skills that employers really want in their recruits.
  2. Enhance your chance of gaining a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship placement — separate yourself from the competition!
  3. Delivery consists of lots of practical sessions where you will develop hands-on skills as well as knowing the theory.
  4. Study with a university that has a strong track record in delivering Higher and Degree Apprenticeship provision.
  5. Let UWTSD (and its extensive network of industrial contacts) support you in your development.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course will be delivered through a mix of online delivery, face-to-face theory and practical sessions. This will be delivered over three days per week in a blended learning format. Theory and practical sessions will be at UWTSD’s new Waterfront campus in Swansea.

The programme team will work with students and industrial partners to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience within a real industrial environment or within the university.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE)

  • Applied Analytics (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Cyber Security Essentials (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Digital Technologies (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Skills Development in the Workplace (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Software and Apps for Business (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Technical Skills Development (20 credits; compulsory).
Assessment

The module assessments comprise coursework, portfolios and in-class lab-based exercises in order to closely resemble the way in which you will use knowledge and skills in the workplace.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

We are interested in people who demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals with varying levels of prior experience or qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Employability skills are embedded within each of the modules of the programmes. Communication, work-place etiquette, creative problem solving, team working and practical skills are developed further throughout the programme. 

After successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education Programmes, students may choose to stay at the University and progress onto various BEng, BSc, HND or HNC programmes.

The progression opportunities are detailed below: 

CertHE – Digital Skills

On successful completion of the CertHE, there will be options to progress onto a full-time (Hons) degree in areas such as:   

  • Computing (Software Engineering)  
  • Computing (Cloud Software Development) 

Individuals who are successful in gaining suitable employment will have the opportunity to apply for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship. 

Additional Costs

There are expected to be no additional costs for this course.

Professional Accreditations

These programmes are standalone programmes but also feed into a number of CEng and IEng accredited degree programmes.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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

Accommodation

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