E-commerce and IT Level 4 and 5

Expand your skills and knowledge of e-commerce and how it is used within today's modern business operations
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E-commerce and IT Level 4 and 5 online course

The rise of online shopping online and the growing prevalence of online stores has resulted in retailers having to adapt and embrace the world of e-commerce. The growth of online stores has also resulted in the need for skills in optimising and promoting sites to increase visitor numbers and ultimately increase revenues.

This combined Level 4 and 5 Diploma in e-commerce and IT brings these two sides of online retail together and facilitates opportunities for further study at university. Delivered by Oxbridge in partnership with OBS, this course is ideal for aspiring IT professionals or if you aim to progress your skills for a career in e-commerce.

You will be eligible for ELCAS funding to aid you in your studies, along with access to various resources through your own online portal. While you’ll be able to study from any location, at any time, you’ll still benefit from one-to-one support from your own personal tutor, who will give you further guidance in the form of one-to-one video sessions.

In addition, you’ll receive a Totum student discount card, enabling you to save money on various products while you learn.

The combined Level 4 and 5 diploma follows the Qualifi 603/4781/8 and 603/4794/6 syllabuses for IT and e-commerce, both of which are recognised by Ofqual. These are designed to equip you with the important skills for a career in this evolving industry.

What you will learn

  1. Level 4, Unit 1: Computer systems and software

    You’ll begin your course by developing your understanding if how hardware and software integrate together.

  2. Level 4, Unit 2: Computer programming

    You’ll become familiar with the various tools and techniques used in the designing, implementation, and testing of individual programs. You’ll also learn how these follow the system life cycle.

  3. Level 4, Unit 3: Relational database systems

    Take your understanding of database systems further and learn how to conduct data analysis and modelling.

  4. Level 4, Unit 4: Software engineering

    Gain an understanding of the need for software engineering and the methods and techniques used in this key practice.

  5. Level 4, Unit 5: Systems analysis and design

    This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to the needs of the organisation’s processes and how information is conveyed.

  6. Level 4, Unit 6: E-commerce applications

    Learn the importance of e-commerce in today’s business world and identify aims and objectives associated with the implementation of this technology business-wide. You’ll also understand how these are developed from defining requirements.

  7. Level 4, Unit 7: Human computer interaction

    Understand and develop your knowledge of the principles and models of human-computer interaction. You’ll learn how to evaluate existing HCI design and its principles. From here, you’ll plan your own prototype multimedia user interface.

  8. Level 4, Unit 8: IT and society

    Examine the impact of technology on society and the trends that this creates. You’ll examine management issues and conflicts that may arise, factoring in principles of security and data management.

  9. Level 4, Unit 9: Information systems theory and practice

    Explore elements of project management and how these are applied in the successful implementation of specific IT projects.

  10. Level 4, Unit 10: Management information systems

    In this final Level 4 module, you’ll understand the concepts if information systems and how they support business requirements in terms of processing information and data.

  11. Level 5, Unit 1: Technopreneurship

    This first module introduces you to the characteristics of entrepreneurs and the skills they need to establish a new technology business. You’ll also cover topics such as planning, marketing, and finance.

  12. Level 5, Unit 2: Network security

    This module enables you to build your knowledge of network security issues and the processes involved in the detection and prevention of common security incidents.

  13. Level 5, Unit 3: C#.NET Programming

    You’ll be introduced to the concepts and principles of ASP.NET programming using C#. From here, you’ll be confident in creating dynamic web pages in using various programming techniques.

  14. Level 5, Unit 4: System Administration

    You’ll gain the knowledge you need for system administration, covering aspects including Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers, backup policies, application management, and other utilities and tools available to programmers.

  15. Level 5, Unit 5: Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce

    Here, you’ll develop your understanding of the concepts and techniques of mobile e-commerce, ticketing, and marketing. You’ll also be introduced to artificial intelligence in image recognition and social commerce.

  16. Level 5, Unit 6: Business to Business (B2B) E-commerce

    Building on the previous module, you’ll understand the elements associated with B2B e-commerce, including key business processes such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), online transaction processing, inventory management systems and supply chain management.

Awarding Body

Qualifi is a leading 21st century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe serving the needs of learners and employers in the UK and worldwide every year.

You’ll learn from Qualifi 603/4781/8 and 603/4794/6 course syllabuses recognised by Ofqual. These syllabuses have been selected for their suitability to online learning.

This online course also carries up to 240 UCAS credits, which are used as part of university applications.

Course Outcome

This combined Level 4 and 5 combined diploma in e-commerce and IT is the equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study. You can then progress to complete your degree at one of the UK’s top universities. With technological advancements, a career in computing is becoming more appealing to learners of all ages, resulting in more students choosing computing at A-level.

How is this course assessed or examined?

This course is made up of a total of 16 modules; 10 are covered at Level 4 with the remaining six at Level 5. You’ll be assessed based on six written assignments at Level 5, approximately 2 000 – 3 000 words each.

The Level 4 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first year of a university degree and the Level 5 modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a university degree. Completing this course gives you the opportunity to top up your course with the final year at a UK university.

Completing this course provides opportunities to pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.

Entry requirements

To enrol on the Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a full secondary education. Before enrolling in level 5, you must complete level 4.