ABE - Radcliffe College

ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Sustainable ICT


The programme lasts 14 to 18 months. International students must attend regularly and punctually for a minimum of 15 hours a week in class, as per UKBA / UKVI / Home Office requirements for Tier 4 students.


The ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Sustainable ICT is on the QCF framework and regulated by Ofqual. It is a 120 credit qualification.

This Extended Diploma provides students with the background knowledge and skills desired in a number of management roles in the ICT industry. Students completing the Extended Diploma can progress on to a Master’s Degree programme in some universities. Entry requirements may vary between universities and higher education colleges and institutions, so we advise you to check with your preferred university, college or institution before starting the programme with us.


Assessments are internally set by the College and externally checked / verified by ABE. Assessments can include analysis of case studies, undertaking research projects or extended essays and presentations. In order to pass a unit, all assessment criteria for that unit must be achieved by the student.

Entry criteria

This is a Level 7 postgraduate qualification, so an undergraduate degree from a UK University or a qualification of equivalent value from a non-UK University or organisation (or a Level 6 qualification) is required. Several years’ relevant managerial experience is also desirable.

You must have a good standard of English, equivalent to CEFR Level B2 or above, certificated by an awarding organisation currently recognised by UKBA / UKVI / Home Office as authorised to issue these qualifications.


This qualification was previously administered by ABP. For progression routes, please consult the ABP and ABE websites. Students completing this programme should be able to progress on to a Master’s Degree programme in a relevant discipline or be able to demonstrate relevant background knowledge and skills to an employer for an ICT role. Your prospects of gaining employment in your country of domicile depend on your previous work experience and performance during the employer’s recruitment and selection process, although this programme should assist you in demonstrating relevant knowledge and skills to prospective employers.


Students will study the following units during the programme:

Managing Collaborative Technologies (Level 7) (20 credits)
Networked Systems (Level 7) (20 credits)
Professional Issues in IT (Level 7) (25 credits)
Research Methods for Business (Level 7) (15 credits)
Sustainable ICT Strategy (Level 7) (20 credits)
Virtualisation Environments (Level 7) (20 credits)