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Higher Professional Diploma in IT


This QCA-approved Higher Professional Diploma is designed for potential IT managers and gives them the opportunity to explore a range of topics, including how optimise the use of IT in finance, managing strategic information, using IT to solve marketing problems and how to use IT applications in product/service delivery. Assessment is by assignment. The qualification has been designed to be comparable to the first year of a degree course in level and scope and could the first part of a related foundation or honours degree programme.

Entry requirements

City & Guilds Higher Level Qualifications have been designed primarily for those

in work, or with access to work experience as the specifications are vocationally

relevant to the needs of the sector. In addition, given the high level of

understanding and skills required of the qualification, it is likely that in order for

prospective candidates to cope with the demands of the programme and

achieve their full potential, they will have acquired one of the following:

• City & Guilds 7261 Advanced Diploma

• Advanced GNVQ or GCE Advanced Level

• a level 3 vocational award

• a level of expertise commensurate with Level 3 in the National Qualifications

Framework which has been acquired through work experience and can be

demonstrated through the City & Guilds APL procedure and/or appropriate

certification. It is expected that individuals in this instance would have

previously operated at supervisory level in the work environment in order to

be able to progress to the Level 4 qualification and cope with the demands of

the course.

In addition, prospective candidates should demonstrate that they are sufficiently

mature, capable and motivated to meet the requirements of the programme and

should be able to provide evidence of a range of relevant practical skills.


Unit 1 Project management

Unit 2 Develop ICT for Information Management

Unit 3 Support organisational Information Management

Unit 4 Extract value from ICT investment

Unit 5 Applying ICT to manage strategic information

Unit 6 Appling ICT to optimise business operations


Unit 7 Applying ICT to manage financial information

Unit 8 Applying ICT to manage marketing information

Unit 9 Applying ICT to manage support services information

Unit 11 Provide ICT solutions for financial operations

Unit 12 Provide ICT solutions for marketing operations

Unit 13 Provide ICT solutions for support services operations

Unit 14 Evaluate ICT applications in marketing

Unit 15 Evaluate ICT applications in support services

Unit 16 Evaluate ICT applications in product/service delivery


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