Course Details

  • Cloud Computing is a specialisation of computer networking that is concerned with the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud services.

    Applicants to this programme would typically be technically minded, and they may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences. This programme is designed for students interested in computer networks but specialising in areas such as administration and the computer systems used in data centre that support cloud-based services.

    Applicants for this programme will be interested in computer networking and networked administration. Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and cloud-based services, including both the provision and consumption of those services.

    Large scale data is stored in data centres and with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while 'big data' requires a number of different application specific approaches for storage and analysis. Graduates will also be able to implement services to provide this data for manipulation and analysis by a variety of applications they will also be able to develop.

    The course is delivered over one year full-time year or two years part time.

    Negotiated Research (Dissertation), 60 Credits
    Network Administration, 30 Credits
    Cloud Computing, 30 Credits.

  • Before registering on this top-up degree, you will ideally have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Computer Network Management, Computer Network Engineering or Computer System Support (or equivalent approved study, such as a relevant Foundation Degree from another institution, or an HND together with vocational experience).

    Consideration will be made to the following students, subject to course relevance and vocational experience:

    • Students with Computing Foundation Degree or Computing HND
    • Students who have completed the first two years of a three-year Computing Degree at another institution
    • Students with a two-year diploma or other qualification from outside the UK.

  • Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects or examinations. Unit assessment is often by assignment, Practical or assignment and examination.

    The final mark for some units may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the unit. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation (poster presentation).

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Level 6 is the highest qualification currently available at The Manchester College.

    If you are interested in education you can complete educational qualifications that can lead to teaching opportunities.

    Alternatively, Masters study is available at our partner institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, in a number of areas.

    Employers value the Bachelors Degree, as it will enable students to gain credit for what they already know and are doing in the workplace and for vocational training undertaken in order to satisfy work-related needs. All these features improve the career prospects of the individuals both within their current employment and in the job market.

    Graduates of this curriculum are qualified to maintain servers, firewalls, and Routers, network security, access controls, firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, VPN, penetration testing, intrusion detection, encryption, biometrics, security consultancy, virus removal, server security, secure email.

    The kind of roles that the Bachelors Degree prepares students include: Network Engineers, Network administrator Network Consultant, Wireless Network Field Engineer, Network Support Technician, Linux Administrator, Supervisor Roles.

    • Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
    • With a year's experience, you can command up to £35,000
    After five years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.

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  • There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

     Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
     Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

    You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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