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Open University Brings Two New Undergraduate Courses

Open University has dished out two new undergraduate IT degrees in the UK which are aimed at filling the skills gap in the country.

The two distance learning courses have been designed in partnership with e-Skills and contain inputs from IT industry big-wigs.

The two courses being offered by Open University are BSc (Honours) in Computing and IT and BSc (Honours) in Computing and IT with the second subject. Students can select maths, business, statistics, design or psychology as their second subjects.

The courses have been designed to teach students core programming skills pertaining to fast evolving areas including social networking, location based technology, Smartphones and cloud computing, informs (opens in new tab).

Open University has designed the courses keeping in mind both the prospective under graduates and IT worker already under employment.

"If [A-Level] students don't want to do three years at university due to problems with funding, this is an alternative. It is also suited to people in non-IT employment as everything taught on this course is useable within a workplace and is recognised by employers," Kevin Streater, executive director of IT and telecoms at the Open University business unit

"Flexibility and integration of practical experience are key to the course, allowing graduates to go straight into the workplace and start developing or managing projects." he added.

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