Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this postgraduate certificate, but you must be suitably prepared for study at postgraduate level. You will typically have studied to degree level, or have had equivalent practical experience in the computing industry, or in work related to computing. The individual module descriptions will tell you more about the expected requirements for study. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details. To gain the postgraduate certificate you need to complete two 30-credit modules. These are studied over six months. You can study modules in any order although we recommend that you begin with a module from the first list of options which is related to your area of interest or experience, so that you can build on your strengths while getting used supported learning at postgraduate level. Students are often surprised by the demands of study at postgraduate level and underestimate the amount of study time they need. If you intend proceeding to either our Postgraduate Diploma (E81) or MSc in Computing (F66) and wish to consider a specialist pathway, then you should ensure that the modules you choose for this certificate are appropriate for that specialism. Time limit – your study of this certificate must be completed within two years, but we expect that most students will complete it more quickly than this.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Computing is an intensive programme of study designed for graduates and professionals with appropriate industrial experience. It will develop your knowledge and skills in computing, support a professional approach to the application of those skills, and demonstrate your capability for advanced-level study. A wide choice of modules enables you to meet your immediate career needs or extend your understanding of this broad subject.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303