Degree offers professional certification

IT professionals are being offered a combined university/supplier course that they can complete while they are in full-time work.

IT professionals are being offered a combined university/supplier course that they can complete while they are in full-time work.

The two-year foundation degree combines an academic qualification from Thames Valley University with Hewlett-Packard's certified professional qualification.

Andy Smith, the university's head of computing, said, "The degree is trying to cater for the vocational needs of students through the HP accreditation and it offers progression to an honours degree as well."

The qualification is aimed at junior IT professionals who want to gain both a supplier accreditation and a university qualification while continuing in full-time employment.

The course is based at the university's Slough campus, and students have to attend the university only once a week for lessons lasting from 2pm to 8pm. The course costs £950 a year, and HP said it would pay the fees for 10 of the students.

The course, called the foundation degree in computer systems management, teaches students how to manage business IT systems. Subjects covered include application development, database management and website development. Modules are taught by both the university and HP.

Students are expected to submit work-based projects as part of their studies.

If they get their qualification at the end of two years, the students may opt to study for a further year for a BSc honours in information systems.

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