ADVANCED DIPLOMA | SQA

Gain full understanding of computing tools, techniques and practices across a wide range of application areas.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support and AAS College provide learners with a progression route into employment. This SQA Advanced Diploma covers a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge in using and supporting computer systems. It will give learners vocational and technical computing skills that will enable them to work in an IT-related role.

The course covers all the fundamental aspects of technical support, including in-depth knowledge of operating systems, networks, hardware, and software development — as well as professionalism, ethics and team working in computing.

Aims:

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support award has a range of aims relating to academic and vocational progression. The principal aim of the award is to prepare the candidates for employment in IT technical support. The general aims of this award are to:

  1. Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating.
  2. Develop employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry.
  3. Enable progression within the SCQF.
  4. Develop study and research skills.
  5. Develop learning and transferable skills (including Core Skills).
  6. Provide academic stimulus.
  7. Support candidates’ continuing professional development.
  8. Update the contents of the award to reflect current professional practices and technologies.
  9. Update the contents of the award to incorporate best practice in assessment, including a reduction in time spent on assessment and maximizing the use of e-assessment.
  10. Maximize flexibility (while maintaining coherence) in qualification design to permit centers to customize the award to their local needs.
  11. Reduce the academic level of the award (in terms of SCQF levels).
  12. Produce Units that are able to embrace external changes without regular updates.
 
More specific aims of the award are:
  1. Produce Units that are compatible with a wide range of vendors.
  2. Prepare learners for employment in an IT or Computing post at technician or professional level in a technical support role.
  3. Equip learners with a range of specialist technical support skills and knowledge in the use and support of computer systems.
  4. Prepare learners for progression to further study on HE Computing courses.
  5. Develop in learners an awareness of professional IT issues such as legal and ethical considerations.

 

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Duration:
2 years

Educational form:
Taught

Education Variants:
Fulltime

Language:
English

Start Date:
14th June 2021 & 27th September 2021

British Degree:
SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support

COURSE STRUCTURE
Programme at a glance

SQA Advanced Diplomas are made up of 240 SCQF credit points, at SCQF level 8, and usually take two years to complete

YEAR 1

  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems
  • Team Working in Computing
  • SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Graded Unit 1 (Exam)
  • Client Operating Systems
  • Computer Networks: Building Local Area Networks
  • Mathematics for Computing 1
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computing: Introduction to Project Management
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users: Hardware
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users: Software
 
YEAR 2
  • Software Development: Programming Foundations
  • Security Concepts
  • Network Server Operating Systems
  • Network Technology and Data Communications
  • Providing Technical Support to Users
  • Open Source Operating Systems: Introduction to Command Line Administration
  • Open Source Operating Systems: Basic Server Administration
  • Managing a Web Server
  • SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support Graded Unit 2 (Project)
Learning activities

Lectures, Tutorials, Study packs, Problem-based scenarios, Case studies, Group/team work, Online materials, IT based teaching materials, Projects, Quizzes, Research and presentation, of findings to fellow students, Role play, Short-response questions, multiple choice questions, Create questions for other students (with answers), etc.

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are able to move into a wide variety of areas within the Computing/IT industry. The SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support is designed to lead to employment as:

  • IT Support or operations technician
  • Computer installation and maintenance engineer
  • IT user support technicians
  • Network Support administrator
  • IT and Telecoms engineer/IT and Telecoms technician
DIPLOMA TO DEGREE - A Pathway to University and Further Study

SQA Advanced Qualifications do not just qualify for career development they can also enable advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world.

Learners can study in their own country before progressing onto universities in their own country, region or abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into third year. This option can be a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international Higher Education Institution.

We make this journey as smooth as possible through our Diploma to Degree programme. SQA has collaborated and set up articulation agreements with a number of highly regarded international institutions in countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand covering various progression models including online delivery.

These institutions recognise the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry and provide students with a quality learning experience.

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Accepting applications for 2021 Fall and Summer terms.

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply direct to the AAS College. We accept applications throughout the year, but advise you to apply early. We would like to receive application forms before 30th of August.

 

All candidates are required to submit the following documents:

1. A Fully Completed Application

AAS Application Form completed

A scanned copy of your passport

 

2. English language certificate

Certified Photocopy of English Language qualification(s).

Undergraduate applicants must have a fluent command of the English language which can be proven via the following examinations:

TOEFL: paper based 550 / computer based 213 / Internet based 79-80 or

IELTS: 6,0 or other equivalent qualifications.

Candidates who have not acquired an English language qualification at the time of the submission of their application form are required to submit it at least one month before the commencement of the course.

 

3. Diploma of previous education

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or six IB Subject Certificates, or A Levels obtained locally.

Certified Photocopy of the Diploma of Secondary Education (High School Diploma), along with the final year’s academic transcript.

Candidates who have not yet graduated from high school at the time of application, should submit the available academic transcripts from their current year of study, as well as a full transcript from the previous year of study.

If the High School Diploma is produced in another language it should be translated and verified in English.

 

4. Interview

Submit your documents via email to: admissions@aas.gr

Our response:

A member of our staff will contact you in 48 hours.

AAS offer to you

Deciding to start study is an exciting time but the process to actually get there can seem daunting. That’s where we can help. Here’s what you need to be finding out about now.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sending you lots of important information, so if any of your contact details change, we need to know as soon as possible. Please let us know if you change your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Passport number.
 

At AAS we pride ourselves on the tailored support we offer to all our students and we want your application and enrolment to go as smoothly as possible. If you have any problems at all, we are here to help.

You will receive an unconditional offer: An Admission Letter by college’s Admissions Office, or a conditional offer: that means that before the commencing of your course you have to submit some documents, or a rejection letter: that means that you don’t cover the requirements of the interested course.

 

Visa Process

The following documents to be submitted by all non-EU students to the Greek Embassy or Consulate Office closer to you:

  • Application form for a visa for a long stay in Greece, fully filled in and signed by the applicant
  • One recent passport-size photograph in colour
  • Passport that should be of a validity exceeding by three months the ending date of the visa length, include at least two blank pages and have been issued within the previous ten years
  • Police Clearance Certificate (Criminal record)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Travel insurance
  • Admission letter by AAS
  • A confirmation document by AAS that you are a college’s student
  • Document by the Ministry of Education that the AAS College holds a valid license and is registered in the relevant records
  • English language Certificate
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and AAS tuition fees in Greece
  • Visa fee
 

 

You should also have in mind the following:

  • Original documents and passports submitted must be accompanied along with a copy.
  • All documents submitted must be in English or Greek
  • You may be asked for additional documents and will be called to a personal interview at the Embassy or Consulate Office (the requirements of Greek Embassies or Consulate Offices aren’t the same from country to country)
  • The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused
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