Diploma in Computing

Prepare for direct entry to Year 3 of an undergraduate degree in a range of computing-related subjects at GCU.

Course features

  • A specialist programme helping you to develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree.
  • Our class sizes are smaller than you’ll typically experience at university – so you'll have more time with your teachers.
  • You will have university-style lessons for subject-based modules, to help you adapt to the studying in the UK.
  • Guidance with your university application, ensuring you choose the best degree for you.
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Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 16 years old by 01 September of that calendar year. For the June intake, students must be 16 years old before registering with the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year.

Academic requirements:

A recognised International Foundation, the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree programme or A-level equivalent in a suitable range of subjects. Please note: A-level entry is not suitable for entry to Computing programmes. Entry, based on A-levels, may be possible for some Engineering programmes but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements additional information:

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for standard or extended courses. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

For integrated programmes, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications. For more information on accepted qualifications, please see: www.intostudy.com/selt-alternatives

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at GCU you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £5,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
1 October 2019 19 June 2020 3 Terms
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*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 9 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 10-15 hours
  • Average total per week: 21-25 hours

Classes are held Monday to Friday between 9.00am-5.00pm, excluding bank holidays.


Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
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GCU is the first Scottish university to offer the Tech Industry Gold Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree. It was developed by top graduate employers to give you the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

You’ll study modules from across computing and business for careers in key areas:

  • business analysis
  • business strategy and planning
  • systems analysis
  • IT consultancy
  • IT project management

Employers are involved throughout the programme – taking part in guest lectures, career mentoring and networking events – and it also offers the opportunity of an industrial-based placement.

The programme was designed in consultation with major employers, including BT, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, IBM, the Ministry of Justice and the NHS.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2019/20 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of:

  • written assignments
  • reports
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • presentations
  • problem solving exercises

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 16 years old by 01 September of that calendar year. For the June intake, students must be 16 years old before registering with the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 01 September of the preceding calendar year.

Academic requirements:

A recognised International Foundation, the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree programme or A-level equivalent in a suitable range of subjects. Please note: A-level entry is not suitable for entry to Computing programmes. Entry, based on A-levels, may be possible for some Engineering programmes but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements additional information:

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for standard or extended courses. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

For integrated programmes, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications. For more information on accepted qualifications, please see: www.intostudy.com/selt-alternatives

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at GCU you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £5,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
1 October 2019 19 June 2020 3 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 9 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 10-15 hours
  • Average total per week: 21-25 hours

Classes are held Monday to Friday between 9.00am-5.00pm, excluding bank holidays.

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO Students at a desk being directed by a teacher

GCU is the first Scottish university to offer the Tech Industry Gold Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree. It was developed by top graduate employers to give you the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

You’ll study modules from across computing and business for careers in key areas:

  • business analysis
  • business strategy and planning
  • systems analysis
  • IT consultancy
  • IT project management

Employers are involved throughout the programme – taking part in guest lectures, career mentoring and networking events – and it also offers the opportunity of an industrial-based placement.

The programme was designed in consultation with major employers, including BT, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, IBM, the Ministry of Justice and the NHS.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2019/20 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of:

  • written assignments
  • reports
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • presentations
  • problem solving exercises
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