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Practical Computer Programming

Course Code: CSC4

Level: 1
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: OCNL
Qualification: Unit
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 10 weeks
When you'll study: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5.30pm - 8.45pm

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About the course

Want to find out how computers work? Learn how to programme? Maybe a bit of networking or find out about the world of cybersecurity? This course is the one for you! Three units will be studied across a range of disciplines. If you want a beginner’s guide to computing then this is the course for you.

This course is aimed at students who are aged 19+ who want to study IT. The qualification will provide you with an introduction to the IT sector enabling you to learn and be assessed in practical and relevant ways. You are not required to undertake external assessments to achieve this qualification and the expectation is that you will use the qualification as a stepping-stone to further study or even into employment. The qualification will enable you to acquire a range of transferable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers.

What you'll learn

You will study the following three units:

  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Introduction to Programming.
Entry requirements

You will need to have an interest in computing and successfully complete an initial assessment on the first day of the course.


There are no exams. You will be assessed by practical work and a blog.

What's next?

The expectation is that you will use the award as a stepping-stone further study or even into employment. Depending on the units chosen, this may open up opportunities to progress to higher-level qualifications at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: CSC4

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £300

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A  or   B
19 - 23 A  or   B(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   B

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.