NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (QCF)
Equivalent to year 1 of a 3 year UK honours degree
Level 4 Diploma in Computing (QCF) (L4DC) makes up the first year of the NCC Education degree journey. The qualification is equivalent to the first year of an IT degree in the UK university system.
You will be given the opportunity to develop essential thinking and study skills, not only within the computing domain, but also within the context of business through a balance of academic and vocational subjects. The qualification will allow you to understand and enter the computing profession with the necessary knowledge expected within the industry and the ability to apply the skills to a range of IT-related functions.
On successful completion of the qualification you will be able to embark on NCC Education's Level 5 Diploma in Computing (QCF) (L5DC), which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor's degree, transfer to a university or pursue a career in the IT industry.
NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 4 Diploma in Computing (QCF) in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/0406/X.
For entry onto the NCC Education L4DC qualification you must have at least one of the following:
If you're a potential student whose first language is not English, you will need to obtain a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively, take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement Test, which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.
You must study the following eight core units:
Assessments for all units are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. All units are assessed by both examination and assignments.
On successful completion of NCC Education's Level 4 Diploma in Computing (QCF) you will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of computing systems. You will also be competent in the development, testing and maintenance of software and database systems which will allow you to implement effective strategies for research and lifelong learning.
The qualification allows students entry to either the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing (QCF), (which is equivalent to the second year of a UK Bachelor's degree), or the second year of many UK university degree courses, or enables you to pursue a career in the IT industry.
Progression routes can be found on our Progression Routes page.