BCS HEQ Level 4 Certificate in IT Systems Bundle with Official Examination


Encompassing 3 core modules, the Level 4 Certificate in IT explores the fundamentals of computer and network technology, processor architecture, operating and information systems, software development, and networks.

Candidates will gain a solid foundation upon which they will be able to build a career pathway into information technology. Career opportunities include entry-level positions in the rapidly growing fields of computer science and software development.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, candidates will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to progress on to a broad range of further development areas such as Big Data management, software engineering and web application development. Candidates will be prepared to progress onto the BCS Level 5 Diploma in IT, with the ability to customise their learning pathways based on their areas of special interest.


Information Systems Core Module

The Information Systems module is one of three core modules that forms part of the Level 4 Certificate in IT – the first stage within the BCS three-stage Higher Education Qualification programme.

Candidates will develop fundamental knowledge and understanding relating to data management, systems analysis and design, explore information flow within organisations, and consider the impact of emerging trends in information technology.

Qualification Suitability and Overview

There are no specific entrance requirements for the Certificate in IT. Candidates can study for this certificate by attending a training course provided by a BCS accredited Training Provider or through self-study, although it is strongly recommended that all candidates register with an approved centre. Studying with an approved centre will deliver significant benefits.

Candidates are required to become a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to sit and be awarded the qualifications. Candidates may apply for a four-year student membership that will support them throughout their studies.

The Level 4 Certificate is suitable for candidates new to the profession who are keen to develop industry relevant skills and knowledge, as well as professionals wishing to gain a formal IT qualification. Candidates taking this module may be interested in career opportunities such as network administration, systems analysis, computer programming, or consultancy.

Upon completion of this module, candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the management and support of computer systems in an organisation
  • Show an understanding of the flow of information within organisations
  • Understand the differing types and processing of information
  • Propose practical solutions to given analytical problems
  • Demonstrate the effective use of a chosen methodology through requirements analysis and fact-finding techniques
  • Display an awareness of systems development tools and techniques
  • Become conversant with system design issues
  • Develop awareness of the basic ideas behind using a computer to store and manipulate data
  • Display knowledge of data analysis and modelling techniques
  • Discuss various database management architectures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of Human Computer Interaction and the use of multimedia and hypermedia
  • Suggest suitable testing strategies and implementation techniques
  • Understand the need for quality assurance/security in computer systems development and operation

Also, as an added bonus – We’ve included an additional 10 courses covering both Python and JavaScript programming languages!

  • Bonus course 1 – JavaScript Best Practices
  • Bonus Course 2 – JavaScript Debugging Course
  • Bonus Course 3 – JavaScript Unit Testing
  • Bonus Course 4 – Python Web Programming
  • Bonus Course 5 – Learn Python Django From Scratch
  • Bonus Course 6 – Python Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals
  • Bonus Course 7 – Python Programming For Beginners
  • Bonus Course 8 – Data Analyst with Python and Pandas
  • Bonus Course 9 – Data Visualization with Python and Matplotlib
  • Bonus Course 10 – Python Game Development – Create a Flappy Bird Clone

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Course Modules

1. Data management

  • 1.1 Explain the nature of information.
  • 1.2 Describe simple statistical measures.
  • 1.3 Explain requirements analysis.
  • 1.4 Describe database design issues.
  • 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of multimedia and hypermedia.

2. Systems analysis and design

  • 2.1 Explain the systems development life-cycle.
  • 2.2 Describe prototyping and system development tools.
  • 2.3 Explain structured systems analysis and design.
  • 2.4 Analyse human computer interaction design.

3. Organisations

  • 3.1 Explain the flow of information in an organisation.
  • 3.2 Describe personnel and social considerations.
  • 3.3 Describe quality assurance aspects.
  • 3.4 Explain the advances in technology and the impact of emerging trends in IS.

About Examination

Examination Format

This module is assessed through completion of an invigilated written exam.

Type: Two questions from Section A and five questions from Section B
Duration: Two hours
Supervised: Yes
Open Book: No (no materials can be taken into the examination room)
Passmark: 10/25 (40%)
Delivery: Paper format only

Adjustments and/or additional time can be requested in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy
for candidates with a disability or other special considerations.

Question Weighting

Section A and Section B each carry equal marks. Candidates are advised to spend about one hour on
Section A (30 minutes per question) and one hour on Section B (12 minutes per question).

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