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International University Transfer Programme in Computing

(One Plus Two Model)

Gateway Graduate School (GGS) offers the NCC Education’s Level 4 Diploma in Computing as a qualification equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme in Computing and Information Technology related fields. The NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing is also available as an accelerated programme for students completing their Advanced Level studies at Gateway Colleges and other schools in Sri Lanka. The programme comprises 120 Credits. It is developed as per the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) of UK and is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in England. As such, it is internationally recognised as equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme in subjects pertaining to Computing and Information Technology.

Upon the successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing, students will have the option of progressing onto a number of universities in Australia, UK and Ireland with whom NCC Education has direct progression agreements to pursue their degree year two studies (http://www.nccedu.com/become-a-student/university-progression/). Alternatively, after the successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing, students can pursue and complete their full degree studies under two years in Sri Lanka to earn a BSc (Hons) Computing degree from Teesside University.* This option will enable our students to earn a reputed international degree, which is designed to incorporate industry-relevant and futuristic technological and design skills, at affordable fees in Sri Lanka.


Duration of The Programme and Intakes

The standard duration to earn the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing is one year. However, it can also be offered as an accelerated programme under a period of nine (9) months to cohorts of students.
There will be two intakes every year: January and September

The Units (Modules) Offered

The units (modules) offered in the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing provide a comprehensive framework of knowledge, understanding and skills in both traditional and contemporary subjects related to Computing and Information Technology:

1: Skills for Computing
15 Credits
This unit helps students to develop a range of skills required to support the study of Computing from a long-term perspective; in particular, it enables students to develop skills pertaining to communication, thinking, problem-solving as well as handling and presenting data. It will also give an opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning in the field of Computing.
2: Computer Networks
15 Credits
Students will gain a broad understanding of the underpinning protocols, principles and measures of computer network systems and technologies; they will also develop practical skills in terms of configuring, designing and installing computer networks.
3: Computer Systems
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to develop a fundamental understanding of the functioning of computer systems; they will also be able to achieve the practical skills of designing, building, configuring and maintaining computer systems.
4: Designing and Developing a Website
15 Credits
This unit facilitates the learning of the key principles and concepts for designing and developing websites; it also enables students to gain a suite of practical skills relevant to the actual designing of a website for business purposes.
5: Databases
15 Credits
This unit enables students to learn the fundamentals and concepts associated with database systems and the relational model; in addition, they will achieve the practical skills required for designing and developing a database.
6: Designing and Developing Object-Oriented Computer Programs
15 Credits
This unit provides students an opportunity to develop clear knowledge and understanding in regard to the concepts and principles behind designing object-oriented computer programs; they will also gain practical skills required for implementing, testing and maintaining object-oriented computer programs.
8: Software Development Techniques
15 Credits
This unit facilitates the development of a range of key techniques related to the development of computer software; these include software development cycles, programming language constructs, common algorithms, test strategies, and software modularisation.
8: Office Solutions Development
15 Credits
Through this unit students will develop an understanding of how application software can support business processes; they will also achieve practical skills in relation to designing and implementing office solutions with the intention of improving business processes, particularly from the perspective of the end users.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of one Advanced Level subject plus a minimum of grades C for the subjects of Mathematics and English at OLs/IGCSEs.
  • OR
  • The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School

Academic Progression Opportunities

Below is the sample list of universities to which you can progress upon successful completion of your NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing studies with Gateway Graduate School:

Universities & Programmes
Conditions
1. Deakin University

An innovative university based out of Melbourne, Australia.

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
Successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing with an overall average of 50%.
2. Letterkenny Institute of Technology

A dynamic and rapidly growing higher education institution in Ireland offering cutting edge degree programmes in Computing.

  • BSc in Computing – Computer Security and Digital Forensics
  • BSc in Computing – Computer Games Development
  • BSc in Computing – Computing, Mobile and Cloud Technologies
  • BSc in Computing – Applied Computing
Successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing.
3. Bangor University

An internationally reputed British university, established in the 19th century.

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems
Successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing with an overall average of 50%.
4. Middlesex University London

An outward looking British university based out of London.

  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
Successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing.
5. Teesside University*

Students complete their BSc (Hons) Computing degree with GGS in Sri Lanka in two years’ time after the

  • BSc (Hons) Computing
Successful completion of the NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing.

Please note: In addition to the academic conditions, students may be required by the above universities to produce evidence of their English language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

The NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing is an accredited qualification on its own. It has been developed as per the National Occupational Standards (NOS) of the UK and as such has a very strong vocational emphasis in terms of its learning outcomes. Students who successfully complete the programme can use it to enhance their professional portfolio and ensure that they present it as an additional qualification to their potential employers in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. We can support you to undertake a short internship with one of the leading companies in Sri Lanka as an extension of your NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing studies. This provision will support you in developing your employment prospects when you go abroad for further studies.

It must be noted that internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.

Recognition

The NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK. As such, it will enable those who have successfully completed the qualification to transfer to various universities across the world with exemptions equivalent to the first year’s degree studies.

* Subject to final approval by Teesside University