ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies (Networking)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Computing Technologies is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to support learners planning to further their studies and careers in the field of computing technologies.

The qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject experts, colleges, higher education institutions and businesses to ensure the qualification meets their needs.

The different pathways allow learners to study a more general (non-specified) programme or specialise in particular fields of study as listed below. All pathways have the same credit value. 

Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
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 21 and above.


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

• a first degree in Computing and/or Information Technology or related subjects

• other equivalent international qualifications.


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 taking the Networking Pathway take the seven mandatory units as set out below.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Managing Innovation and Change in ComputingThis unit aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding in order to manage innovation and change in computing environments. Learners will explore that change is constant and the importance of understanding and applying a process for managing change within an organisation. There will be a focus on innovation and changes that are common across the computing industry.20Yes
Systems Development and User Experience (UX)This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the development of systems and how this is achieved using a range of systems development life cycle models (SDLC). Learners will focus on how to establish the user and technical requirements of the system and the considerations to make when developing a user interface.20Yes
Implementing and Managing Cyber SecurityThis unit aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding of securing computing systems and how to implement and manage cyber security in an enterprise environment. The unit will focus on the core principles to consider in order to secure systems appropriately. Learners will develop the knowledge and skills relating to security, detection, information and attack management in order to protect an organisation in the event of a cyber security attack.20Yes
Business Intelligence SystemsThis unit aims to help learners develop an understanding of business intelligence systems and the benefits of using such systems from an organisational point of view. Learners will focus on the key areas within business intelligence systems and develop an understanding of why business intelligence plays a fundamental role in organisational strategic planning.20Yes
Independent ProjectThis unit aims to provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an independent project. In the unit learners can utilise the knowledge and understanding gained in previous units and from other areas of learning and experience to independently manage and complete a practical project. Learners will showcase the skills learned and their understanding of technologies whilst following formal project management techniques.20Yes
Networking and Infrastructure DevelopmentThis unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of networks used within computing environments and the importance of ensuring a network is designed appropriately, is scalable and fit for purpose. Learners will also learn the considerations that must be made when designing an infrastructure environment including the hardware, software and communication elements within the structure.10Yes
Internet of Things (IoT)This unit aims to provide learners with core knowledge and understanding of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The unit also explores how IoT is used today to increase productivity and efficiency across personal and business life, identifying its use in the future. Learners will explore the underlying technologies that make functionary possible.10Yes