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Diploma in Computing | Year 1

NCC Diploma in Computing (First year of a 3 year degree) MQF Level 5


The Diploma In Computing (MQF Level 5) is provided in conjunction with NCC Education and is the first year of a three-year degree journey. The programme exposes students to both academic and vocational subjects and includes topics related to web design, programming, hardware and networking.

This qualification is ideal for Sixth form students and school leavers who have obtained the matriculation certificate. It is also suitable for mature students who are currently employed and wish to change their career or enhance their ICT skills. In the case of mature students, work experience and qualifications other than O' and A' levels are taken into consideration.

The Diploma is offered on both full time and part-time evening. Students are given access to study and reading material. Assessments are provided and corrected by NCC Education and consist of a number of examinations and assignments.


Computer Networks

Skills for Computing


Designing & Developing Object-Oriented Programs

Computer Systems

Designing & Developing a Website

Software Development Techniques

Office Solutions Development

The NCC Education three-year framework of study, as shown in the attached document, includes:

First year: Diploma in Computing

Second year:  B.Sc (Hons) Computer Networks

          or       B.Sc (Hons) Information Technology 

                     B.Sc (Hons) Computer Science (Systems engineering) 

Third year:    B.Sc (Hons) Computer Networks

          or       B.Sc (Hons) Information Technology 

          or       B.Sc (Hons) Computer Science (Systems engineering) 

                     B.Sc (Hons) Business Information Systems

Students who successfully complete this qualification gain direct entry to the 2nd year of a BSc(Hons) degree in Computing with Middlesex University Malta. ***Please note Middlesex University will be closing its Malta campus in September 2022. Programmes, which can be completed by the stipulated date are open for applications. We encourage you to discuss any of your queries with the University’s Admissions team on who will be happy to answer any of your enquiries.

STC Higher Education will announce its new UK partner - University for the year 2020 intake in the upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned and visit our Website or Facebook page for more information. 

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for the diploma is 4 O' Levels including; Maths, English and any other four subjects. Mature students over the age of 21, are considered on an individual basis and do not necessarily have to meet the above requirements.


This course is funded

Quality education costs money and that is why we spend time giving information and guiding students and organisations about the various scholarship schemes which they can benefit from.

Recover up to 70% of money spent on this course

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High quality undergraduate education is of central importance to a number of objectives: an ever more highly skilled workforce and the development of new fields of study and specialisation. It is a key to Malta’s economic and social progress, and is essential to many people's continuing professional development.

The Maltese Government believes that students may find valid learning pathways in degree courses / programmes that are provided, either through foreign higher education institutions or through recognised private higher education institutions in Malta.

The Malta Government Undergraduate Scheme 2015 aims at providing more opportunities to further the choice of undergraduate degrees/qualifications up to MQF Level 6 and including Bachelor Degrees and vocational qualifications, classified as Level 6 or equivalent under the Malta Qualification Framework (MQF). 

Through this scheme Government is extending the financial support available to undergraduate students at the University of Malta and MCAST, to other Maltese students undertaking equivalent studies, at other institutions, leading to officially recognised local and foreign MQF Level 6 qualification.


We offer flexible payment plans!

The course fee may be split into monthly payments for your convenience

EU Market:


Full Price


Refundable Amount


With Get Qualified Scheme

Non EU Market:


Full Price


Asian Market Full Price

Full Time

Start Date

Monday 05th October 2020


End Date

Tuesday 10th August 2021

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 3:15pm

Part Time

Start Date

Thursday 17th September 2020


End Date

Tuesday 16th August 2022

Tuesday's and Thursday's
6:00pm to 9.00pm

Monday's and Wednesday's
6:00pm to 9.00pm

Which course should I follow?
It all depends on your interests and previous qualifications and experience, however, we understand that with so many choices available it is difficult to choose! Before enrolling on a course we always recommend a one to one meeting with one of our representatives who can guide you towards the most suitable course for you. e-mail us on or call on 21453200.
What are the entry requirements for STC Higher Education courses?
Entry Requirements vary according to course. Application forms are vetted carefully and applicants are informed whether they have been accepted within one week where possible. Below you will find some general guidelines:

Degree Pathway

The ICCS qualification or a minimum of 6 O’levels to enroll on the IDCS. To start the BSc 2nd year students must have successfully completed the IDCS or an equivalent qualification. Only students who complete all BSc 2nd year modules can move on to the final year of the Middlesex University BSc.

Short Courses

Since short courses are normally beginners courses most do not have specific entry requirements. With regards to the programming short courses a basic understanding of this field is recommended. A good level of English is essential.

IT Professional Courses

Entry requirements for these courses depend on the course in question. Normally those who apply for such courses have a number of years of work experience within management or IT.

If you do not have the necessary requirement we also provide you with foundation courses that will provide you with the entry requirement for your diplomas.
When can I apply for a course and when are the closing applications?
Applications are open year round and normally close 2 months in advance of course commencement for degree courses and one month in advance for other courses. Some of our courses fill up fast and have waiting lists; we therefore, suggest that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
When is the course commencement date?
The ICCS, DC, BSc 2nd year and BSc final year start in October. While the MSc starts in January. Short courses normally start every January and June. IT Professional Courses normally run 3-4 times a year. Extra courses might be organised during the year, depending on applications, so if you are raring to go send us an e-mail and we’ll tell you if you are in luck!! Check the STC Calendar for the exact starting date.
I want to join the degree programme but I will be unavailable for an extensive period of time during my studies?
The education programmes we offer are extremely flexible and modular in form. This means that generally speaking students can plan their own study time. If there is a particular event in your life, which requires a period of time where you will have to be absent from classes, talk to us (ideally much in advance!) and we will be able to guide you! In case, of unexpected circumstances students are able to apply for an extension which will then need to be approved.
How are STC Higher Education Courses assessed?
STC Higher Education courses are assessed through a variety of forms. These include; exams, assignments, individual projects, group projects and dissertations.
When are exams held?
Degree pathway course exams are held at the end of each respective module and exams for IT professional courses and short courses are normally held at the end of the course. Not all courses are assessed through exams.
What if I fail my exam?
Degree pathway course exams are held at the end of each respective module and exams for IT professional courses and short courses are normally held at the end of the course. Not all courses are assessed through exams.
How can I settle course fees?
Individuals can settle their fees in person at our front office, by writing out a cheque to STC Higher Education. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday between 8.00 - 21:00 and Saturday between 8.00 - 12:00.
What deposit should I pay upon application?
For short courses deposits usually amount to €50.00. With regards to all other courses a 10% deposit of the full course fee is required.
Are there any schemes and grants which offer financial help with course fees?
Yes, there are various schemes and grants available to students and most of our courses are eligible for refund. Click here for more details regarding such schemes.
What are your opening hours?
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday between 8.00 - 21:00 and Saturday between 8.00 - 12:00. We are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Do you have a dress code?
STC Higher Education full time students following any of the degree pathway courses have a smart dress code - shirt, trousers and tie for the males and similarly formal clothes for females. No running shoes and jeans are allowed. Part time students attending classes in the evening have a smart casual dress code.