The University of Wolverhampton

PGCertPostgraduate Certificate Information Technology

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal for students with a background in science or engineering, but with no previous significant study of Computing or Information Technology. The course aims to expand your knowledge, in the area of networking, database technology and technologies in the field of Information Technology, with a balance of theory and advanced practical skills. It will promote a professional attitude in students wishing to enter employment in the field of information technology and enhance the career prospects of all its students.

What happens on the course?

You will study modules such as Data Management, Internet Communications Technology and Modern Computer Science.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is ideal for students whose undergraduate degree is not either Computer Science, Engineering or a closely allied subject. The first block of teaching rapidly imparts the fundamental material for an Information Technology post graduate certificate.

Career path

Graduates can find employment within the Information Technology industry as analysts/programmers, business systems analysts, database programmers, database administrators and senior software support technicians.

You could also go on to do further research, or teach in either further or higher education.

Graduates from the PGCert can progress to the MSc programme if they achieve a satisfactory performance.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Display a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of advanced Information Technology topics; integrate and apply knowledge and skills to complex problems;
  • Demonstrate expertise and professional awareness of both current and emerging technologies within the field of Information Technology;
  • Critically evaluate the role of communications, architecture, networks and the internet in modern computer systems;
  • Make informed decisions on the use of appropriate database techniques and tools and apply these to develop database solutions to non-trivial problems;

Entry requirements

A pass at degree level.

Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance and may be invited for interview.

Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb technical concepts and detail, possibly by way of their previous industrial or commercial experience.

Minimum English competency is the standard Postgraduate entry: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £1,967 - *
Part time £1,967

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £1,915 - *
Part time £1,915

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2015/6. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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