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CertHE Computer Automation and Internet of Things Development (Full-Time)

We are no longer taking applications for this September entry. To register your interest in applying for next September, please email who will be able to discuss this with you.

The CertHE Computer Automation and Internet of Things Development programme is the ideal introduction to the complex and exciting world of computer control and Internet of Things development. 

The programme is designed to provide post further education learners and existing software developers and electronics engineers with the fundamental skills to work in an industry that combines software engineering, electronics engineering and networking skills to develop electronic control and monitoring devices for industrial and home environments.

Key Learnings:

  • Development of hardware in the form of electronic circuits to control and respond to the real-world environment.
  • Software development linked to controlling IoT devices and cloud storage and processing of information.
  • Networking skills linked to the need for highly secure IoT device communications within industrial, home and business environments.
  • Development of custom programmable logic systems through hardware description languages and the application of Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
  • Human Computer Interfacing knowledge for application in the development of highly usable and efficient digital and physical interfaces for IoT devices.

The course is designed to take a learner with limited experience in the field computing to being skilled in computing and electronics techniques required for them to work in the Internet of Things development industries, key elements the qualification focuses on include:

Creative problem solving is core: learners will have the opportunity to develop problem solving skills that allow them to meet the needs of clients and organisations that require software to be developed to meet specific requirements.

Innovative development for the real world: learners will be encouraged to be innovative and imaginative in designing computer software and modular electronic devices that are built to interact with the real world.

Security is key: a strong focus on the requirements to create software and devices that will work securely across networks and the internet, creating systems that are protected from interception during data transmission and ensure privacy.

Typical Course Structure

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Fundamentals of Data Acquisition Systems
  • Networking and Software Security
  • HCI and User Interface Design
  • Analog and Digital Techniques
  • Cloud Services and Security

Study Details

Students will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course. Full-time, one year. 14 hours per week.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will typically fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students will complete online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times.

Students should also make themselves available to complete work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.

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Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IOT) 

The Institutes of Technology (IOT) have been formed across England to enhance the career and employment chances of young people and adults.

The IOT Digital Technologies programmes at Lincoln College are ideal for students who wish to enter the computing sector. The digital economy has become an integral part of our country and facilitated the rapid growth of many digital businesses. Students on these courses spend a significant time working with industry-standard equipment in our new facility located in the Gibney building.

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How to Apply

This course is validated by the University of Hull. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

University of Hull

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 64 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Short test/examinations 
  • Coursework
  • Software artefacts and project-style tasks
  • Group presentations
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Websites

This programme has been designed to provide a route into employment within the industries of Computer Engineering and Electronics for aspiring computing or electronics students who want to upskill in the growing field of the Internet of Things and technologies that underpin it. Successfully completing the qualification can lead to job roles such as junior IoT software developer, junior IoT hardware developer, IoT infrastructure engineer or IoT solutions advisor.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

The college provide dedicated labs with high end computing and electronic system for you to work on-site. To allow study outside of college as a minimum it is expected that you have a Microsoft based PC capable of running Visual Studio and a broadband internet connection. 

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Key Facts



Duration:1 Year

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Lincoln Campus

UCAS Course Code:I900