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Open University Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry HLA DR-P

Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Portadown Campus


The part-time Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry forms the core of our Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programme, which provides a clear and achievable progression route enabling you to train to a high level whilst gaining a professional qualification.

Upon successful interview, you will be placed with a company for four days a week while attending the College one day a week.

Over a period of three years, you will work towards the achievement of a Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry. The HLA will also provide the opportunity to work on live projects within an IT company and hence gain work-based learning experience while developing the transferable skills essential to succeed in the industry.

This programme will meet your requirements for personal and intellectual development and will open up new career avenues within the IT sector or provide you with a pathway to continue your studies at university.

There are approximately 360 hours per year student contact time, including blended delivery, over a three year period. Students are required to attend the Southern Regional College Portadown Campus during term-time, one full day per week. The remaining 4 days will be based with an employer. There is an expectation of independent study.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive skillset across all computing disciplines.

Please note: This is exactly the same course as the part-time Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry - however the HLA element (1 day in College, 4 days in industry per week) ensures that no fees are applicable.



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications. 
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or approved equivalent. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at   
  • For entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company.  Each applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. In addition, where places remain available the College reserves the right to offer places to candidates with a profile less than 48 UCAS points.

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

Application Process

Stage 1. Complete both the application form and the additional information form. Attend a pre-enrolment information session where you will receive more information about your chosen course. You will be advised if you can progress to stage 2 if you meet, or have the potential to meet, the entrance criteria.

Stage 2. For applicants who receive a conditional offer from SRC, your additional information will be forwarded to a list of potential employers identified by SRC (alternatively, if you have an employer in mind, you can contact the College who will assess workplace suitability). You will progress to stage 3 if you meet the employer’s criteria for interview selection.

Stage 3. At this stage you will be interviewed by employers. If following the interview stage, you secure a conditional offer of employment under the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme you will progress to stage 4.

Stage 4. Applicants must present evidence to SRC on A-Level results day that relevant A-Level or equivalent qualifications have been achieved. Evidence of a conditional offer of employment must also be in place at this time from the participating employer. The College will then proceed to issue a FIRM offer onto the HLA Programme.

Please note that a FIRM offer is not a guarantee that the course will commence (see below point 2). 

Please note:
1.    Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to invite you for interview. SRC are not involved in the shortlisting or interview process. Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly, to make you an offer of employment.
2.    The HLA programme will run subject to sufficient enrolments. Although you may be in receipt of a FIRM letter of offer onto the course, the College reserves the right to only run a course if sufficient enrolments are in place.
3.    Attendance is strongly recommended by all Higher Level Apprenticeship applicants at the College’s available careers sessions. Invitations will be issued to advise you on the date, time and location.


  • Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals.
  • Introduction to Networking.
  • Database Design and Development for Cloud.
  • IoT Development.
  • Introduction to Virtualisation Technologies.
  • Mobile Development.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • Cyber Security.
  • Data Analytics.
  • AI Fundamentals.
  • Work Based Learning.  


3 Years


Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.


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On successful completion of this course  you may progress to the part-time Level 6 BSc (Hons) Degree in Computing for Industry offered by SRC (in collaboration with Open University.)

Students may also progress to other degree programmes but it is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


All full-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Kenneth Milligan

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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

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