University course aims to bridge IT skills gap

Thames Valley University has opened enrolment for its foundation degree in computer systems management, developed in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard.

Thames Valley University has opened enrolment for its foundation degree in computer systems management, developed in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard.

The two-year part time course offers HP Certified Professional accreditation alongside the academic FdSc qualification and is designed to help fill the UK’s IT skills gap - particularly in  the areas of systems integration, systems testing, and systems installation and commissioning.

It aims to provide graduates with a generic core set of skills that will allow them to take up a wide range of IT roles. Modules tare designed to help students learn to analyse user needs and propose, implement and manage IT solutions in the context of the business.
 
The course costs £995 and requires attendance for one afternoon or evening a week. It also includes work-based learning. Successful graduates will be able to work as IT administrators and managers, and can choose to continue for a third year to gain a BSc degree.

Andy Smith, professor of computing and director of the university’s Institute for IT, said, “The use of HP technology and training will ensure that graduates have experience of cutting-edge present and future technology, but will also give them transferable skills that will enable them to work with any IT platform.”

Enrollment is open until 28 September.


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