Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing

The Higher Level Apprenticeship allows you to gain certification while working for a local company, requiring attendance at college one day per week.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10189

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

You will complete a Foundation Degree in Computing along with work related qualifications over a three-year period.  The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.  


Year 1:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Personal Qualities in the IT Industry
  • Introduction to Databases with SQL

Year 2:

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Network Technology
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Mobile Application Development

Year 3:

  • User Centered Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Work-based learning (40 credits)

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University sports centre and access to physical and online library materials.  To find out more visit UU Associate Student.

Contact Hours

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 7 hours per week per semester. 

Student workload usually includes 2 to 5 assessments (which may contain a combination of coursework, class tests, practical assessments and/or examination) per module. 

Entry Requirements


  • GCSE English GCSE English Language Grade C or above
  • GCSE Maths GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or University-approved equivalent)
  • 2 Additional GCSEs In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSEs at Grade C or above are required


A minimum of 64 UCAS points:

  • A Levels OR
  • Level 3 Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+% International requirements

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • Level B2 IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III or other University-approved equivalent qualifications


Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Students are assessed using a range of different methods.  These include examinations, coursework, project based learning, presentations, practical assessments and class tests. This is dependent on the requirements of each module of study.  Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?
This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the ICT industry or progression to related degree programmes. On successful completion of this course you may progress to the BSc (Hons) Computer Science at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you can apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or apply to go straight into employment. 

How will it make me more employable?

The course provides the opportunity to undertake employment within the computing industry whilst completing the Foundation Degree in Computing.  This will enable you to gain industry experience at the same time as completing your academic qualification.

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the computing industry.  The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.  Throughout the course industry standard software and equipment is utilised with a focus on the core industrial skills required for the computing industry.

Additional Costs
 There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • To have employment within the IT sector
  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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Student Testimonial

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Charlotte Neil
Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing
I am really enjoying how hands-on the IT apprenticeship is. I feel I am learning at a faster pace outside of the classroom, and also enjoying working with professionals whilst learning at the same time.
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This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

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