Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

AWS: Solutions Architect 

Learn best practices and strategies to guide the implementation of cloud services on AWS with OU AWS Academy Experts

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Learn to optimise the use of AWS Cloud and position yourself for career success

Designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable cloud solutions is a valuable and highly sought-after skill. On this microcredential you’ll learn how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies.

Prepare yourself for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification

This course provides a unique learning experience, featuring AWS Academy Cloud Architecting – a course developed and maintained in collaboration with AWS, and taught by AWS Academy accredited educators. 

You will explore architectural design principles based on customer requirements and learn to optimise the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. 

As well as learning best practices and strategies to guide the implementation of cloud services through case studies, you’ll also build a variety of infrastructures via guided, hands-on, self-paced virtual labs. 

This course will enable you to prepare for one of the highest paying IT certifications, the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate. And, once you successfully complete this microcredential, you’ll receive a 50% discount voucher towards your AWS certification.

What skills will you learn?

  • Optimising Cloud Storage 
  • Understanding best practice in architecting Cloud solutions 
  • Build resilient Cloud architectures
  • Designing AWS Cloud architectures
  • Automating Cloud configurations
  • Securing Cloud infrastructure

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Design cloud architectures based on established principles and best practices 
  • Configure AWS services to make infrastructure scalable, reliable and highly available 
  • Demonstrate how AWS managed services can enable greater flexibility and resilience in a cloud infrastructure 
  • Demonstrate how AWS can improve the performance and reduce the cost of a cloud infrastructure 
  • Evaluate the AWS Well-Architected Framework to improve cloud architectures

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study this undergraduate microcredential you will ideally have:

  • A working knowledge of distributed systems 
  • Familiarity with general networking concepts 
  • A working knowledge of multi-tier architectures 
  • Familiarity with cloud computing concepts  
  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (ACF) or equivalent experience 

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential would benefit anyone currently working in a comprehensive range of globally relevant Digital Technologies disciplines related to cloud computing, including:

  • Cloud Architect 
  • Solutions Architect 
  • Systems Engineer 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • AWS Solutions Architect


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to read any announcements relating to your microcredential.

    Prior to joining this course, it would be useful for learners to have some fundamental understanding of Python, JSON or other programming languages.

  • Course

    From 25 Oct 2021

    AWS Solutions Architect

    Discover the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure to architect secure applications on with OU AWS Academy experts.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to AWS: Solutions Architect
      • Welcome to the course
      • About the course
      • Accessing the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 1 review
    • Week 2

      Adding a storage layer
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 2 review
    • Week 3

      Adding a compute layer
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 3 review
    • Week 4

      Adding a database layer
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 4 review
    • Week 5

      Creating a networking environment and connecting networks
      • Welcome to Week 5
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 5 review
    • Week 6

      Securing user and application access
      • Welcome to Week 6
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 6 review
    • Week 7

      Implementing Elasticity, High Availability, and Monitoring
      • Welcome to Week 7
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 7 Review
    • Week 8

      Automating Your Architecture and Caching Content
      • Welcome to Week 8
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 8 Review
    • Week 9

      Building Highly-Available and Resilient Architectures
      • Welcome to Week 9
      • Studying the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course
      • Week 9 Review
    • Week 10

      Preparing and submitting your assessment
      • Assessment overview
      • Important Guidance About Your Assessment
      • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification
      • Thank you and good luck!
  • After learning

    You will be ready to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam.

    A 50% off voucher for the AWS exam will be available to all students who successfully complete this course. 

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate from The Open University

You’ll receive an Open University certificate confirming that you have received 10 academic credits at undergraduate level.

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

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Career-focused learning by The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

This microcredential is in collaboration with AWS

Through content, labs, projects and assessments developed by AWS experts, and facilitared by AWS accredited practitioners, you’ll gain a real-world understanding of cloud practices and be prepared to sit your AWS Cloud practitioner certification.

Delivered by experts

Dr Amel Bennaceur is an engineer, researcher, and educator in Computing. She is an Associate Professor at The Open University. She published 30+ papers in top journals and conferences.

Enthusiastic about teaching digital, network engineering & cybersecurity - been doing it for a very long time. Also: iconoclast, herder of geeks, nerds & enthusiasts.

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Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

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