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Computer Studies


What is computer studies?

Computer studies can refer to any course that deals with learning how to both use a computer for a particular purpose, and how to work with the physical components of a computer. HC College offers a variety of computer studies that range from introductory courses to the more advanced. We offer National Qualifications in End User NQF 3, Technical Support NQF 4, which incorporates the internationally recognised qualifications such as CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ in the curriculum, to the more advanced NQF Level 5 Systems Support and Systems Development Qualifications. There are many components and aspects of computers that you can study.

As modern technology grows and expands, so do the intricate workings of a computer. Computer studies is becoming the number one field to study. Fortunately, there are many different sub-fields within computer studies, which means that you are spoilt for choice. There is a vast variety of areas to specialise in within the computer field. Simply click on your preferred field of study below and expand your career opportunities. Remember if you need help, we are always just a click away, or alternatively contact us on 021 556 8464. For a Pearson VUE exam centre and Certiport exam centre, Students can click on the following link to find registered exam centres for CompTIA courses.

MICTSETA

MICT SETA

The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, known as the MICT SETA, is responsible for skills development in the Information Technology sector.

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COMPTIA

COMPTIA

Founded in 1982, CompTIA brought together the IT channel in order to create an open dialogue between IT vendors and partners. We were officially established as the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD).

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Computer Studies Courses

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National Certificate:
Information Technology:
End User Computing NQF Level 3
SAQA ID 61591 (130 CREDITS)

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The purpose of the qualification is to build the knowledge and skills required by learners in End User Computing. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently in the End User Computing environment in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment.

The qualification provides a framework for learners to develop skills that will enable them to become competent in End User Computing. It introduces theoretical concepts of End User Computing and requires the application thereof, to develop a range of skills that will enable learners to be better-informed workers in their chosen industry. It provides a balanced learning experience that lays the foundation for access to further education, lifelong learning and to productive employment.
NB: All examinations are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


The qualification is ideal for individuals in the following fields:

  • Personal Assistants / Receptionists
  • Office Administrators
  • Project Administrators.

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY


    This qualification and unit standards have been evaluated against, and are comparable to core knowledge and specialized knowledge elements found in the following International Qualifications Frameworks:

  • New Zealand NQF
  • Australian NQF
  • British NVQs

  • Furthermore input to the development of the qualification has been benchmarked against International sources, where the outcomes and assessment criteria, degree of difficulty and national learning time has been compared, as described below.
    For the core skills required, the following sources were referenced:
  • International certifications like Microsoft MOUS, IC3 and ECDL/ICDL
  • We also confirmed that the above certifications are used in many African and SADC countries as benchmark for End User Computing Skills in a business environment. Countries referred to include, but are not limited to: Mauritius, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

  • ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • A laptop or computer is required
  • RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING


    This qualification may be achieved through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be assessed to achieve credits in respect to any or all of the unit standards specified in this qualification may arrange to do so without having to attend further education and training. To achieve the qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification.

    COURSE DURATION


    Based on contact hours as determined by the accreditation body and based on HC College course progression structure and schedule:

  • Full Time - approximately 1 year
  • Part Time - approximately 1 and a half years
  • Supported Learning - approximately 1 and a half years
  • COURSE CONTENT


  • 1. Basic PC & IT Concepts
  • Microsoft Word 2010 – Level 1
  • Microsoft Word 2010 – Level 2
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 – Level 1
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 – Level 2
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2010
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Using a Web Browser
  • Communications
  • Mathematical Literacy

  • ASSESSMENTS


    Learners are required to submit Formative and Summative Assessments by the deadlines provided in the HC College course progression and structure schedule.
    NB: All examinations for Full Time, Part Time and Supported Learning Students are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CERTIFICATION


    Upon successful completion of all Formative and Summative Assessments and the Verification process of MICT SETA, you will be awarded the National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing NQF Level 3 (SAQA ID 61591) Qualification issued by the MICT SETA.

    COURSE FEE


    HC College has an all-inclusive course fee which includes study material and exam fees. Students have the option of paying the course fee in full upfront or opting for the 50% deposit payment plus instalment plan with 0% interest.

    FURTHER STUDIES


    After successful completion of the course, there are several career paths that the learner may specialize in or continue studying towards International Certification. Please contact HC College for further Information.


    Click here for a printable copy of this course outline.


    FET Certificate:
    Information Technology:
    Technical Support NQF Level 4
    SAQA ID 78964 (163 CREDITS)

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    As an IT Support Technician, you will assist users with setup, troubleshooting and problems they may have with their computers. You may provide two types of services, i.e. in person or remotely via a website, live support software or email. Specialization of support might have you helping customers with a specific brand to type of product or you may help users with any computer related problem. Problems may include hardware setup, loss of data, and non-working software among others.
    The purpose of the certificate in IT is to build a foundational entry into the field of Computer Sciences and Information Technology, specifically into the field of Technical Support, covering basic knowledge needed for further study in the field of Systems Support at Higher Education Levels. This course maps to the internationally recognized CompTIA A+/N+ qualifications, and will prepare you for your international CompTIA exams as well.
    NB: All examinations are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


  • Hardware and Infrastructure Support for Personal Computers
  • Hardware and Infrastructure Support for Office Products
  • Data Communications and Network Support

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY


    The concept of qualifications based on the unit standards is not unique to South Africa. This qualification and unit standards have evaluated against, and comparable to core knowledge and specialised knowledge elements found in the following International Qualifications Framework:

  • New Zealand NQF
  • Australian NQF
  • British NVQs

  • Furthermore input to the development of the qualification has been benchmarked against the following International sources, where the outcomes and assessment criteria, degree of difficulty and notional learning time has been compared:

  • City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma for IT Technicians
  • NCC Education’s International Certificate and Diploma in Computer Studies for IT Professionals
  • CompTIA’s A+ and N+ certification
  • Microsoft MCSE certification
  • E-Skills

  • The qualification combines the NQF principles and requirements, with internationally accepted Knowledge Areas required in a System Support Qualification.

    ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


  • National Certificate: Information Technology: End User NQF 3 SAQA ID (61591)
  • Grade 11 NQF Level 3 equivalent with Mathematics, English and a Second Language
  • Laptop or Computer is required

  • RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING


    This qualification may be achieved through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be assessed to achieve credits in respect of any or all of the unit standards specified in this qualification may arrange to do so without having to attend further education and training. To achieve the qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification.

    COURSE DURATION


    Based on contact hours as determined by the accreditation body and based on HC College course progression structure and schedule:

  • Full Time - approximately 1 year
  • Part Time - approximately 1 and a half years
  • Supported Learning - approximately 1 and a half years

  • COURSE CONTENT


  • Computer Technology Principles and Support
  • Data Communications & Networking Support
  • Communicate effectively in a Technical Support Environment
  • Mathematical Literacy

  • ASSESSMENTS


    Learners are required to submit Formative and Summative Assessments by the deadlines provided in the HC College course progression and structure schedule.
    NB: All exams for Full Time, Part Time and Supported Learning Students are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.


    CERTIFICATION


    Certification is dependent on:

  • The successful completion of all Formative and Summative Assessments.
  • The verification process of MICTSETA

  • On successful completion and verification, the student will receive an FET Certificate: Information Technology – Technical Support NQF Level 4 (SAQA ID 78964) issued by the MICTSETA.
    This course has also been aligned to International Certification Examinations of which students have the option of writing the following exams:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-901 Hardware
  • CompTIA A+ 220-902 Software
  • CompTIA N+

  • COURSE FEE


    HC College has an all-inclusive course fee which includes study material and exam fees. Students have the option of paying the course fee in full upfront or opting for the 50% deposit payment plus instalment plan with 0% interest.

    FURTHER STUDIES


    After successful completion of the course, there are several career paths that you may specialise in. Please contact HC College for further information.


    Click here for a printable copy of this course outline.


    NATIONAL CERTIFICATE:
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:
    SYSTEMS SUPPORT NQF Level 5
    SAQA ID 48573 (147 CREDITS)

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    The purpose of this qualification is to develop learners with the requisite competencies against the skills profile for the systems support career path. The qualification is designed to:

  • Provide qualified learners with an undergraduate entry into the field of networking/systems support, earning credits towards tertiary offerings in the field of Computer Studies or Computer Science
  • Prepare qualified learners for initial employment in the computer industry.
  • Allow the credits achieved in the National Certificates relating to Information Technology at NQF level 4 to be used as prior learning for this qualification
  • Allow many of the unit standards listed in this qualification, to be used in Learnership schemes in the Information Systems and Technology sector, as well as other sectors where Information Technology is a key requirement
  • Prepare qualified learners for international certification examinations

  • NB: All examinations are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


  • Server Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Enterprise Infrastructure Administrator

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY


    This qualification and associated unit standards have been evaluated, and are comparable to core knowledge and specialized knowledge elements found in the following Qualifications Frameworks:

  • New Zealand NQF
  • Australian NQF
  • British NVQs

  • Furthermore, input to the development of this qualification has been compared against international standards and qualifications, specifically those of New Zealand, Australia and Scotland. International and South African support for the proposed conceptual framework and content is evidenced in the following:

  • CompTIA’s A+ and N+ certification
  • Microsoft MCSE certification
  • Existing tertiary programmes at Certified level
  • City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma for IT Technicians
  • NCC Education’s International Certificate and Diploma in Computer Studies for IT Professionals
  • The wide and narrow consultative process, and formal research, reflected in the supporting design report that accompanies this qualification submission
  • ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


  • English and Mathematics at NQF level 4
  • A learner would need to have basic computer skills
  • Grade 12 pass with the minimum requirements to be accepted for a Higher Certificate programme
  • It is recommended that individuals have successfully completed the Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support (NQF 4) qualification
  • Laptop or Computer is required

  • RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING


    This qualification may be achieved through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be assessed to achieve credits in respect of any or all of the unit standards specified in this qualification may arrange to do so without having to attend further education and training. To achieve the qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification.

    COURSE DURATION


    Based on contact hours as determined by the accreditation body and based on HC College course progression structure and schedule:

  • Full Time - approximately 1 year
  • Part Time - approximately 1 and a half years
  • Supported Learning - approximately 1 and a half years
  • COURSE CONTENT


    Personal Development:

  • The principles and role of information systems in business
  • Ethics and professionalism in the ICT sector in South Africa
  • Use computer technology to research a computer topic
  • Technical report writing
  • Writing business reports
  • Presenting research results
  • Building presentations
  • Presentation mechanics
  • Presentation process
  • Present information in a public setting
  • Handling questions
  • Project management essentials
  • Communicating in project teams
  • Projects and project teams
  • Fundamentals of conducting meetings
  • Conducting team meetings
  • Making the correct decision
  • Feedback techniques

  • Network Concepts, Architecture and Standards:

  • Networking
  • Fundamentals of the OSI model
  • Internetworking components
  • LAN technology
  • WAN technology
  • TCP/IP fundamentals
  • TCP/IP addressing and subnetting
  • Plan network data flow
  • Network cabling and devices
  • Network adapters
  • Network clients
  • Remote access

  • Assembling, Installing and Maintaining a Server and Peripherals:

  • Identifying network operating system features
  • Configuring a network operating system
  • Windows Server 2003 network planning
  • Managing backups and disaster recovery
  • Configuring network protocols
  • TCP/IP Architecture

  • Client Server Networking:

  • Access to local area computer network
  • Local area Computer network performance issues
  • Typical viruses on local area computer networks
  • Multi-user computer operating systems

  • Enterprise Development:

  • Enterprise systems management components

  • Design a LAN for a Departmental Office:

  • Customer care in the context of IT Support
  • Design a local computer network
  • Implement the test network

  • Configuration & Administration of a Server & Peripherals

  • Install and configure a multi-user networked operating system and application software
  • Test and Document the multi-user networked operating system and application software
  • Directory service infrastructure, resolving performance.

  • ASSESSMENTS


    Learners are required to submit Formative and Summative Assessments by the deadlines provided in the HC College course progression and structure schedule.
    NB: All exams for Full Time, Part Time and Supported Learning Students are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CERTIFICATION


    Upon successful completion and verification of the MICT SETA, you will awarded the National Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Support NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID 48573) Qualification issued by the MICT SETA.
    This course has also been aligned to International Certification Examinations of which students have the option of writing the following international exams:
    MCSA – Windows Server 2012 which includes:

  • 1. 70-410 Installing and configuring Windows server 2012
  • 2. 70-411 Administrating Windows Server 2012
  • 3. 70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • COURSE FEE


    HC College has an all-inclusive course fee which includes study material and exam fees. Students have the option of paying the course fee in full upfront or opting for the 50% deposit payment plus instalment plan with 0% interest.

    FURTHER STUDIES


    After successful completion of the course, there are several career paths that you may specialize in or continue studying towards international certification. Please contact HC College for further information.


    Click here for a printable copy of this course outline.


    NATIONAL CERTIFICATE:
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:
    SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT NQF Level 5
    SAQA ID 48872 (131 CREDITS)

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    The purpose of this qualification is to enhance readiness and provide entry into the areas of Systems Development at NQF level 5. It prepares learners for entry into the workplace or as undergraduate study in the Systems Development areas covered, providing them with the necessary knowledge needed for further study in the fields of Information Technology and Computer Sciences at Higher Education level.
    This course maps the internationally recognized MTA and MCSD qualifications and will prepare you for your international examinations as well.
    NB: All examinations are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


    This is for IT Professionals intending on building a career in:

  • Procedural Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Fourth Generation Language Programming
  • Web site development
  • Multimedia
  • Electronic Commerce

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY


    This qualification and associated unit standards have been evaluated, and are comparable to core knowledge and specialized knowledge elements found in the following Qualifications Frameworks:

  • New Zealand NQF
  • Australian NQF
  • British NVQs

  • Furthermore, input to the development of this qualification has been compared against international standards and qualifications, specifically those of New Zealand, Australia and Scotland. International and South African support for the proposed conceptual framework and content is evidenced in the following:

  • India’s TATA InfoTech Qualification for Software Developers
  • City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma for Software Developers and IT Technicians
  • NCC Education’s (UK based) International Certificate and Diploma in Computer Studies for IT Professionals
  • Microsoft MCSD certification
  • The wide and narrow consultative process, and formal research, reflected in the supporting design report that accompanies this qualification submission
  • ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


  • Communication and Mathematics at NQF level 4
  • It is recommended that individuals have successfully completed the Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support (NQF 4)
  • A learner would need to have basic computer skills
  • Grade 12 pass with the minimum requirements to be accepted for a Higher Certificate programme
  • A laptop or computer is required

  • RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING


    This qualification may be achieved through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be assessed to achieve credits in respect of any or all of the unit standards specified in this qualification may arrange to do so without having to attend further education and training. To achieve the qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification.

    COURSE DURATION


    Based on contact hours as determined by the accreditation body and based on HC College course progression structure and schedule:

  • Full Time - approximately 1 year
  • Part Time - approximately 1 and a half years
  • Supported Learning - approximately 1 and a half years
  • COURSE CONTENT


    Personal Development:

  • The principles and role of information systems in business
  • Ethics and professionalism in the ICT sector in South Africa
  • Use computer technology to research a computer topic
  • Technical report writing
  • Writing business reports
  • Presenting research results
  • Building presentations
  • Presentation mechanics
  • Presentation process
  • Present information in a public setting
  • Handling questions
  • Project management essentials
  • Communicating in project teams
  • Projects and project teams
  • Fundamentals of conducting meetings
  • Conducting team meetings
  • Making the correct decision
  • Feedback techniques

  • Database Design, Implementation & Development:

  • Demonstrate and understanding of computer database management systems
  • Sort and search techniques of computer programming
  • Introducing SQL
  • Database design
  • Database implementation
  • Implementing tables
  • Data retrieval
  • SQL Programming
  • Data manipulation
  • Database optimization
  • Error detection and testing techniques

  • Computer Programming, Development and Problem Solving:
    Volume 1:

  • Manage software development source files using appropriate tools
  • Processing data
  • Introduction to Visual Basic.net
  • Creating a Windows-based application
  • Working with controls
  • Designing applications
  • Date TimePicker and PrintDocuments controls
  • Problem solving basics
  • Critical thinking and information analysis
  • Developing applications

  • Volume 2:

  • Understanding variables and constants
  • Using variables and constants
  • Selection structures
  • Using simple selection structures
  • Sub and Function procedures
  • String manipulation basics
  • Sequential access file basics
  • Random access file basics
  • Using random access files

  • Programming & the World Wide Web:

  • Introduction to Internet Explorer
  • Essential internet concepts
  • Variables in the web design environment
  • Planning the site
  • HTML basics
  • Adding text
  • Adding hyperlinks
  • Images and backgrounds
  • Tables
  • Introduction to style sheets
  • Creating forms
  • Using frames
  • An introduction to CGI and web servers

  • Gathering Techniques for Computer System Development:

  • Communication styles and methods
  • Evaluating and deciding
  • Preparing to make decisions
  • Decision options
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Communication
  • Communication basics
  • Feedback
  • Managing incoming information
  • Managing outgoing information
  • First impressions and building rapport
  • Analysing project scope and requirements
  • Analysing business requirements
  • Assessing and analysing architecture and performance requirements
  • Designing the application

  • ASSESSMENTS


    Learners are required to submit Formative and Summative Assessments by the deadlines provided in the HC College course progression and structure schedule.
    NB: All examinations for Full Time, Part Time and Supported Learning Students are written at the HC College Blouberg Campus in Cape Town.

    CERTIFICATION


    Upon successful completion of all Formative and Summative Assessments and the Verification process of MICT SETA, you will be awarded the National Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID 48872) Qualification issues by the MICT SETA. This course has also been aligned to International Certification Examinations of which students have the option of writing the following international exams:
    MTA – 98-361 Software Development Fundamentals
    MCSD – Web Applications which include:

  • 1. 70-480 Programming in HTML 5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 2. 70-486 Developing ASP.Net MVC 4 Web Applications
  • 3. 70-487 Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
  • COURSE FEE


    HC College has an all-inclusive course fee which includes study material and exam fees. Students have the option of paying the course fee in full upfront or opting for the 50% deposit payment plus instalment plan with 0% interest.

    FURTHER STUDIES


    After successful completion of the course, there are several career paths that you may specialize in or continue studying towards international certification. Please contact HC College for further information.


    Click here for a printable copy of this course outline.


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    Mict Seta


    The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, known as the [“MICT SETA”], was established in terms of the skills development act of 1998 and is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors and their subsectors. The MICT sector comprises of 160 Large companies, 342 Medium companies and 2,785 Small levy-paying companies. The number of employees in the MICT Sector in 2011 was estimated at 182,433. Large companies employ 109,972, Medium companies employ 28,977 and small companies employ 43,484.

    The MICT Seta intends to engage in learning programmes that lead to employment and new venture creation, whilst at the same time engaging in programmes that assist in bridging the digital divide especially in rural areas.

    CompTIA


    Founded in 1982, CompTIA brought together the IT channel in order to create an open dialogue between IT vendors and partners. We were officially established as the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD). The association’s earliest benefits included a membership directory and vendor chats. Two years later, ABCD held its first major conference, and out of this came the decision to establish a full-time staff and permanent headquarters.
    n 1990, ABCD changed its name to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) to reflect the expanded scope of its activities, and two years later, we introduced vendor-neutral IT certifications, which are now a core component of our offering. In 2014, we expanded our legislative advocacy efforts by acquiring TechAmerica, a leader in international, federal, state and local public policy advocacy, as well as business networking and intelligence.
    A leading voice for the information technology (IT) industry
    With more than 2,000 members, 3,000 academic and training partners and tens of thousands of registered users spanning the entire information communications and technology (ICT) industry, CompTIA has become a leading voice for the technology ecosystem. We focus our initiatives on supporting the success of businesses across the full IT channel, from the largest vendors on one end to smaller businesses providing IT hardware, software and services on the other, as well as the ICT professionals that make our industry run. Simply stated, the industry’s innovation and growth depends on you and hundreds of thousands of others just like you. We’re here to help.
    CompTIA has invested millions to develop a growing portfolio of resources in the areas of IT education, IT certification, IT advocacy and IT philanthropy to help you and your peers become more successful. We empower ICT companies and professionals worldwide with knowledge and resources to enhance their businesses and careers. After all, your success is our success.

    Meet our Partners

    • AppETD
    • Cape Chamber of commerce
    • Certiport
    • CompTIA
    • FASSET
    • ICB
    • Mictseta
    • Pearson Vue
    • Chaplin PR
    • TETA
    • QCTO
    • Services SETA