OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering

OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering

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The principal objective of the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering is to develop the knowledge skills, critical understanding necessary to design, develop, and evaluate immersive software engineering systems, which can be used to support research and innovation.

The qualification aims to equip learners with advanced-level knowledge and skills in immersive software engineering that can be applied to various domains such as Web & Cloud technologies, Security, Automation, Data analytics and Project methodologies. It also aims to develop learners’ critical thinking and research skills to identify and address complex problems in the software engineering field.

OTHM has developed a suite of Level 7 Diploma qualifications. The qualifications provide learners with industry-specific and practical skills, enabling them to successfully apply their knowledge in the workplace, enhance their career prospects and allow progression to further study.

Key features of OTHM Level 7 qualifications.

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and informative for learners.
  • Learners can gain the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with employer and higher education needs,
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills along with affective and applied skills.
  • Learners will develop knowledge and academic study skills including active research skills, effective writing skills, analytical skills, creative problem-solving, decision-making, and digital literacy.

Upon successfully completing the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering learners will be able to:

Develop a critical understanding of immersive software engineering and design software systems that meet industry standards and user requirements. They potentially can evaluate software development methodologies, analyse and solve complex problems, and apply advanced programming skills using object-oriented programming languages and development tools. Learners will also critically evaluate the ethical and social implications of immersive software engineering and propose solutions that promote ethical and socially responsible practices. They can conduct independent research and communicate complex technical information effectively using appropriate media and presentation techniques. Learners will work collaboratively in a team environment, demonstrating effective leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering qualification, learners must possess:

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification
  • Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course.

English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page in this website.

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant work experience in the public service field may also be considered. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.


The OTHM Level 7 diplomas on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university to achieve a full masters programme.

Qualification structure

OTHM level 7 diplomas are located on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are recognised as being at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) qualifications which means learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with an appropriate university to achieve a full master’s qualification.

Mandatory Units

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

  • Security Engineering (20 credits)
  • Software programming principles and practices in Java I (20 credits)
  • Agile Project Management (20 credits)
  • Cloud Computing & DevOps (20 credits)
  • Database & SQL Programming (20 credits)
  • Web Designing (20 credits)

Duration and delivery

OTHM do not specify the mode of delivery for its qualifications, therefore OTHM Centres are free to deliver this qualification using any mode of delivery that meets the needs of their Learners. However, OTHM Centres should consider the Learners’ complete learning experience when designing the delivery of programmes.

OTHM Centres must ensure that the chosen mode of delivery does not unlawfully or unfairly discriminate, whether directly or indirectly, and that equality of opportunity is promoted. Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, it will take steps to address identified inequalities or barriers that may arise.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which are listed in each unit gives the Centres the number of hours of teacher-supervised or direct study time likely to be required to teach that unit.

The qualification has been designed to take learners on a structured learning pathway. The sequencing of units is likely to encourage proactive engagement due to the nature of the subjects and topics therein, whilst also supporting learners to develop the learning and assessment skills required to be successful at level 7.

Assessment and verification

The units in this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Specific assessment guidance and relevant marking criteria for each unit are made available in the Assignment Brief document. These are made available to centres immediately after registration of one or more learners.


The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Immersive Software Engineering enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study.

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners maybe eligible to progress to master’s top-up at many universities in the UK and overseas with advanced standing. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.

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