Diploma in Information Technology

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

The Diploma in Information Technology is a comprehensive program designed to equip learners for success in the rapidly evolving IT field. It encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from the historical evolution of information systems to critical areas such as information security, ethics, and the challenges presented by the global market. This program integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Graduates are well-prepared for diverse IT roles, including information systems management, project leadership, information security, and digital forensics, making it a solid foundation for a dynamic and fulfilling career in the ever-changing technological landscape.

This Diploma spans a duration of three months and consists of two essential modules. The successful completion of both modules is required to attain this qualification.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the historical development of information systems, providing a strong foundation for success in the evolving IT field.
  2. Acquire in-depth knowledge of information security and ethical considerations, crucial for navigating professional challenges in IT.
  3. Address the global market challenges inherent to the IT field, demonstrating adaptability to changing technological landscapes.
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge practically, honing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to tackle real-world IT issues.
  5. Prepare for a diverse range of IT roles, including information systems management, project leadership, information security, and digital forensics.
  6. Establish a robust and dynamic career foundation in the ever-changing technological landscape through the successful completion of this program.

This module provides a comprehensive exploration of critical topics in information systems, skills needed to navigate global market challenges, teamwork, and project management in IT. It offers a well-rounded understanding of how information systems evolve, impact organizations, and the types used to shape business operations. Furthermore, it delves into the importance of skills required to address global market challenges, teamwork dynamics, and the significance of leadership in IT project planning and implementation.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss the evolution, impact and types as well as evaluate how information systems are used by an organization to shape its business operation.
  2. Understand the importance of skills needed to overcome global market challenges including supplier evaluation methods to determine IT procurement needs.
  3. Critically review the impact of teamwork and evaluate the importance of leadership for planning and implementation in an IT project.
  4. Develop a network diagram for implementation processes and discuss the importance of project management charters involved in setting up an IT project.

This module provides advanced insights into global information security and digital forensics. It involves critical assessment of security features, the importance of security management systems, and evaluation of organizational security practices. Learners also gain expertise in constructing forensic models, understanding digital forensics, and analyzing their impact on organizations. The module emphasizes critical analysis of information security risks and highlights the significance of risk management, while delving into ethical aspects, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of this essential field.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss the key features of information security in a global context, the need for information security management systems in an organization and assess an organization’s security practices.
  2. Critically discuss the skills required to build forensic models using information security and analyze the process of digital forensics and its potential impact on organizations.
  3. Critically assess the information security risks for a project and the need for risk management in an organization.
  4. Analyze the ethical behaviour policy regarding information security and digital forensics within an organization.

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    Career Prospects

    IT Support Specialist

    A diploma holder can start as an IT support specialist, providing technical assistance to end-users, troubleshooting issues, and maintaining computer systems.

    Network Technician

    Progressing to a network technician role involves managing and maintaining an organization's network infrastructure, including routers, switches, and security measures.

    Web Developer

    With further skills development, one can become a web developer, designing and creating websites and web applications.

    Database Administrator

    Database administrators manage and maintain an organization's database systems, ensuring data security and accessibility.

    Systems Analyst

    Progressing to a systems analyst role involves analyzing and improving an organization's computer systems, making them more efficient and effective.

    Software Developer

    Diploma holders can work on software development, coding, and programming, which may lead to becoming a software developer in specific areas such as mobile apps or gaming.

    IT Project Coordinator

    In this role, individuals coordinate IT projects, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget.

    Cybersecurity Analyst

    With a focus on cybersecurity, one can progress to a role as a cybersecurity analyst, protecting organizations from digital threats.

    Cloud Computing Specialist

    As cloud technology becomes increasingly important, specialization in cloud computing can lead to careers in managing and optimizing cloud infrastructure.

    It Manager

    After gaining sufficient experience, a diploma holder can move into an IT management role, overseeing IT departments and technology initiatives within an organization.

    Business Analyst

    A business analyst works on the intersection of IT and business, analyzing business processes and recommending technology solutions.

    IT Consultant

    Experienced professionals may opt for a career as an IT consultant, providing expertise to organizations seeking technology solutions.

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    About Scottish Qualifications Authority

    The Scottish Qualifications Authority – SQA, sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate, has two primary roles: accreditation and qualifications. It accredits credentials other than degrees and approves and guarantees quality to notify bodies that intend to admit individuals for such qualifications. The awarding body, on the other hand, refers to the development and implementation, validation, evaluation, qualifications, and to ensuring that they are up to date and also that certificates are issued to candidates. Under these functions, the SQA provides a variety of services for companies and training providers, from training courses and central approvals to personalized awards, credit scores, and licensing services.


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    Why you should do this Program

    Quick Entry to the Workforce

    Unlike a longer degree program, a diploma allows for a quicker entry into the workforce. It provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to secure entry-level positions in IT, helping individuals start their careers sooner.

    Academic Pathway

    A Diploma in Information Technology offers a quick path to the workforce, and it can also be a gateway to further academic progression, advanced standing, specialization, and prerequisite knowledge such as an Executive MBA in Information Technology Leadership.


    Diplomas are often more cost-effective than degree programs. They offer a valuable education at a lower cost, making it an attractive option for those looking to acquire practical IT skills without a substantial financial commitment.


    Westford Uni Online, with the reputation of Most Valued E-Learning Institute (awarded by Forbes) and SQA with its international reputation and expertise, collaborate and offer students enriching qualifications that hold credibility in job markets, around the world.


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