You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the worlds leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning.
Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether youre at home, at work or on the move.As an OU student youll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues.
Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
<div><p>This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:</p><ul><li>Knowledge and understanding</li><li>Cognitive skills</li><li>Practical and professional skills</li><li>Key skills</li></ul><p>The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment ? which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.</p></div>
The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers and other opportunities – from controlling processes to interfacing with customers and suppliers. This work-based qualification will build on the skills you already have to provide you with a broad-based foundation in computing and IT. Whether you want to be a confident user and manager of information technologies, to grasp the opportunities that such technologies offer, or to develop software solutions, there’s a study pathway that will suit you. The Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice is about acquiring skills, and learning how to deploy these skills at work. You must be in work (either paid or voluntary) to complete the two compulsory work-based modules. It’s this vocational focus that distinguishes the foundation degree from our Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT.
<div><p>This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and learning how to deploy them at work. Whether you want to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new opportunities or develop software solutions, there's a study route for you. The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them and you'll open up a variety of careers and opportunities.</p><p><em>This programme of study is also offered as the; Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice (W15), which might be of particular interest to students living and working in Scotland.</em></p></div>