ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Computing is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification.

This qualification provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies in computing. It is equivalent in size and level to the second year of a degree programme in computing.

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass or Fail.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • 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
  • learners may also have relevant work experience


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 10 mandatory units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Cyber SecurityLearners will develop an understanding of the importance of cyber security to organisations. They will understand industry standards of cyber security and be able to recommend improvements in security to a client’s network.12Yes
Database Design and DevelopmentLearners will extend their understanding of database design and development. They will research database management systems and will design and implement a complex database.12Yes
Web Based DevelopmentLearners will develop an understanding of web based development They will research different technologies that can be used to create dynamic and interactive websites and they will use this research to develop their own website.12Yes
Network DesignLearners will learn IT network design fundamentals and will design a network for a client in accordance with a design brief.12Yes
Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in ITLearners will develop understanding of ethical, legal, regulatory issues and professional responsibilities relating to working in IT.12Yes
Strategic Management Information SystemsLearners will develop an understanding of the importance of integrating organisational strategy with information systems and the tools and techniques that can be used to analyse strategy. They will analyse business processes and recommend improvements.12Yes
Innovative Technologies in ComputingLearners will develop an understanding of innovative developments in technology and their impact on the computer industry.12Yes
Computing Research MethodsLearners will develop an understanding of different computer based research methods. They will plan their own research and carry out a research project based on an area of interest to them within computer science.12Yes
Managing a Computing ProjectLearners will find out about different project management tools and techniques that can be used when managing a computing project. They will use tools and techniques to plan, implement and review their own computing project.12Yes
Software Development MethodologiesLearners will learn about using software development methodologies to develop an information system.12Yes