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Award in Information Technology and Study Skills

The Award in Information Technology and Study Skills provides an academic and professional foundation to students of information technology and associated subjects, together with the study skills essential for succeeding in higher education. Students will also receive career advice.

Course overview

The Award in Information Technology and Study Skills provides an academic and professional foundation to students in all aspects of digital society, internet technology and the WWW, and in computer hardware and software.

In addition, the Award covers academic writing, communication and digital skills together with effective study practice and career planning.  Students will also be encouraged to develop a career plan and will be supported in their aspirations.

The foundation in essential areas of information technology is supplemented with broader based knowledge and skills to enable students to proceed towards studying information technology and/or related areas at higher education levels (MQF/EQF Levels 5 and 6) and so pursue a career in information technology.


Intakes February/April/October
Duration One year full-time; Eighteen months part-time
Mode of Delivery Face-to-face learning and Online
Awarding Institution GBS Malta
Awarded Qualification Award in Information Technology and Study Skills; Pre-Tertiary Certificate in Information Technology and Study Skills
Level MQF Level 4 (UK Level 3)
MQRIC Accredited Status Accredited
Locations Malta
Fees €5,000 per year

Get Qualified Scheme

GBS Malta is offering students access to the Malta Get Qualified Scheme, enabling students to benefit from tax credits that help lower overall study costs. This scheme is highly valuable, giving back 70% of tuition fees after graduation.

Credits needed to earn the degree:

ECTS Credits UK Credits
60 ECTS 120 Credits

The Award in Information Technology and Study Skills consists of six compulsory 10 ECTS modules as follows:

(a) The Digital Society 
(b) Developing Academic Skills 
(c) Internet Technology and the WWW 
(d) Effective Study and Career Planning 
(e) Communication and Digital Skills 
(f) Computer Hardware and Software.  

Assessment  will be through a range of different types of coursework. The range of coursework assessment will include: essays, case studies, Group and individual presentations, posters, team work, project proposal and project report.

Formative and summative approaches to assessment will be employed. Formative assessment tasks will be used in all modules and will be aimed at supporting students to understand and prepare for the module summative assessment requirements. In this way, students with different learning styles and abilities will be able to gain a good understanding of the summative assessment requirements and on their journey to submitting their summative assessments. 

Assignment briefs will be produced for each of the summative assessments required by each of the modules on this programme. Assignment briefs will set out the learning outcomes being assessed, appropriate material, context, etc. for the assignment. Suggested reading  will include book chapters, published articles, weblinks to companies, and case studies, as appropraite, to the assignment brief. Each assignment brief will include marking/grading criteria so that participants have a clear understanding of what is required to pass the assessment and what is required to achieve higher grades. Grading of a participants assessment will be made using the pass, merit, distinction and fail criteria common to MQF/EQF Level 4 programmes of study.

Feedback will be provided to each student on their assessed work identifying both areas of strength and areas that could be improved. Where a fail grade is awarded the student will recieve detailed feedback on the reasons for awarding such a grade and the areas that would need to be addressed for improvement.

The learner will be able to: 

a) Describe what is meant by the term ‘digital society’ and its impact on society as a whole

b) Understand internet technology including related concepts and termininology

c) Describe and understand knowledge of modern computer systems and respective components

d) Describe software architecture and different operating systems

e) Understand, demonstrate and improve upon a range of academic and writing  skills necessary to study effectively in higher education.

f) Identify study practices, personal qualities and attributes, self-awareness and reflection necessary for progression to higher education

g) Identify career aspirations and develop a draft career plan

h) Understand the importance of communication and digital skills to support studies and learning in education.

  • Prospective students who can demonstrate prior appropriate experience may also be admitted.
  • Prospective students should also be able to demonstrate a suitable level of English language to be able to study and successfully complete this programme.

  • Prospective students should possess at least the appropriate MQF/EQF Level 2 or equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements: In addition, to be offered a place, students would be required to meet English language requirements of a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 overall or equivalent English language abilities at this level.

Test Overall score
IELTS Academic  5.0
PTE 41
Duolingo  80

If applicants do not meet the English criteria they can contact admissions for further information.

Other requirements: Commitment to study.

What doors will this open

The Award in information Technology and Study Skills aims to provide students with knowledge, understanding, some critical appreciation and practical skills in information technology to prepare them for study at undergraduate degree level (MQF/EQF Levels 5 and 6) in core and related areas.

This Award will also provide students with the essential academic, communication and digital skills to help prepare them to progress academically and professionally. Students will also be supported in their career aspirations and career planning. 

By studying key areas of information technology, including digital society, internet technology and the WWW as well as computer hardware and software, students will be prepared to go on to study further or enter the career of their choice once they have successfully completed the course and achieved the award of an MQF Level 4 Award in Information Technology and Study Skills.

Why GBS?

We offer:

  • Experienced lecturers with excellent educational and professional qualifications
  • Simplified learning
  • Personal attention for all learners
  • Small classes
  • Free career development mentoring programme
  • Connection with our very successful alumni

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