The Stars College Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology aims to create 'business-ready' professionals by providing a robust foundation in IT, fostering adaptability, and preparing learners for diverse career opportunities in both private and public sectors. Successful completion opens doors to further study or employment.
To enroll in the Stars College Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology, learners must have a relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 4 Diploma or its equivalent, be at least 18 years old at the start of the course, and meet English language requirements. Learners from non-majority English-speaking countries must provide evidence of English language competency, with detailed information available on the English Language Expectations page.
Stars College qualifications at RQF Level 5 encapsulate practical knowledge, skills, capabilities, and competences. In academic terms, they are assessed as equivalent to Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HND), and the second year of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree.
The Stars College Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology comprises six mandatory units, accumulating to a total of 120 credits. The qualification involves 1200 hours of Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for successful completion.
The Stars College Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology includes six mandatory units, each carrying 20 credits: Software Engineering, Database Systems, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design, Management Information Systems, Network Information Systems, and IT Project Management. The completion of all units results in a total of 120 credits for the qualification.
The Stars College Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology is structured for one academic year of full-time study, with flexibility for part-time and distance learning. Approved centers exclusively deliver the qualification, employing face-to-face methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, as well as distance and online learning.
This qualification involves internal assessment by the center and external verification by Stars College. It is criterion-referenced, relying on achieving specified learning outcomes. Learners must provide evidence for a 'pass,' meeting assessment criteria, with the Assessor making the judgment. An audit trail demonstrating how the overall achievement judgment was reached is required from the Assessor.
The Level 5 Diploma in Information Technology is designed for career progression and professional recognition. Upon successful completion, learners can pursue various academic progressions, including the Stars College Level 6 Diploma in Information Technology. For further details, visit the University Progressions page on the website.
Success in our English-taught qualifications requires learners to possess a sufficient level of English language skills. Applicants must demonstrate English language comprehension equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 to be eligible for enrollment in our programs.
Centers delivering our qualifications must ensure that non-native English-speaking learners, who have not completed their final two years of schooling in English, demonstrate English capability at specified levels. This includes achieving Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2, a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 51, or an IELTS score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing. The center is responsible for determining the necessary evidence to prove individual learner proficiency.
Successful completion of our qualification meets the standard academic entry requirements of the university. However, individual assessment and other specific entry criteria may still apply. Each university has confirmed progression arrangements, and as our qualifications are approved and regulated by Ofqual, learners have the eligibility to progress to top-up degrees, master’s programs, or MBA courses at various universities in the UK and overseas with advanced standing.
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