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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Computing and IT Practice (W15)

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Course summary

This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning to use them at work. If you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s a route for you. This qualification provides a broad-based foundation in computing and IT. It includes a work-based element and builds on your existing skills. The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with computing and IT systems and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities. Key features of the course

  • Includes work-based learning and is developed in partnership with employers.
  • Develop the computing and IT skills you already have.
  • Choose options that meet your particular needs and interests.
  • Build a solid foundation for further study – e.g. our Top-up BSc (Hons) Computing and IT Practice (Q68).


This diploma of higher education has two stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with two introductory 30-credit modules, followed by a 30-credit work-based learning module. You’ll finish Stage 1 with another 30-credit module in computing and IT or mathematics. In Stage 2, you’ll study 90 credits in a specific area of computing and IT plus a 30-credit complementary module.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

To successfully complete the two compulsory work-based modules for this qualification, whatever your chosen career, you must: be engaged in full-time or part-time employment – either paid or voluntary have permission to carry out work-based learning tasks in your work setting confirm that the work you submit is based on your practice in that setting.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13848 Whole course
International £13848 Whole course
England £13848 Whole course
Channel Islands £13848 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4416 Whole course
Scotland £4512 Whole course
Wales £5248 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £13296 Whole course

Additional fee information

The fee information provided is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about The Open University's fee policy, visit our website.
Computing and IT Practice (W15) at Open University - UCAS