Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

Cloud Computing Practitioner with AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

Build the technical skills you need to work in the fast-growing sector of cloud computing and prepare for an AWS Certification.

Created by


Learn more

In collaboration with


Learn more

Validated by

Coventry UniversityCoventry University

Learn more

Start your cloud computing career today

On this microcredential, you’ll develop the cloud skills you need to add value on the job and break into the cloud computing sector whilst earning academic credit from Coventry University, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy member institution.

Over 12 weeks, this introductory course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support.

Take an AWS Academy cloud computing course

The microcredential offers a unique learning experience, featuring AWS Academy Cloud Foundations – a course developed and maintained by AWS, and taught by AWS Academy accredited educators. 

Cloud computing is becoming one of the most critical technology powering the digital age. 

With organisations of all sizes turning to cloud-based solutions, worldwide spending on public cloud services is predicted to double by 2023.

As well as building your broad-based knowledge, you’ll also complete practical labs in an AWS cloud environment, building the hands-on skills of a cloud computing business practitioner.

Upskill in AWS technologies and earn academic credit

This microcredential will see you complete labs in an AWS Cloud environment, building the capabilities of a cloud computing business practitioner, preparing you to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, and, in turn, accelerating your software training and career development.

Position yourself for career success, earn academic credit from Coventry University, and prepare for the industry-recognised AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification in just 12-weeks.

Cloud computing jobs

How much do cloud computing jobs pay?

A cloud computing engineer can expect to earn around £60,000 a year, on average.

What skills will you learn?

  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud security
  • Networking
  • Databases
  • Solutions architecture
  • Cloud-based solutions
  • Enterprise

What you will achieve

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

  • Research, at a systems level, cloud technology and apply to a business problem, supported by a business case that communicates to a non-technical audience
  • Apply the principles of cloud computing to the selection of the components and architecture to a defined organisational problem
  • Critically evaluate use-cases of cloud computing products and services to meet required organisational goals and objectives
  • Research and design implementation plans to provide a technically sound and secure migration to, and deployment of, cloud-based business functions
  • Critically analyse AWS products and services to provide a well-argued resource request for selection and usage
  • Critically evaluate an organisation's readiness for cloud migration and develop a strategy to support a cloud migration that considers stakeholders

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

You do not require any specific experience or qualifications to enrol but the microcredential is aligned with the growing expectation for business and IT professionals across all sectors to have theoretical understanding and practical skills relating to cloud computing.

As such, prior industry knowledge and exposure to cloud projects is a benefit, but not a prerequisite. 

Current and future roles of a learner on this microcredential may include, IT and business development professionals, customer success managers, product managers, and business analysts.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is primarily designed for those looking to accelerate their career progression by developing the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to create business value through cloud technologies. 

In addition, this microcredential prepares learners to earn the in-demand, industry recognised AWS Cloud Practitioner certification.

The program is also relevant for: 

  • Business development professionals and customer success managers working in technology sales roles.
  • Business professionals expected to oversee cloud-enabled projects and business transformations. 


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 start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course 1

    From 27 Sep 2021

    Cloud Computing Business and Technology Fundamentals

    Discover the fundamental business case for cloud computing and the key skills required for a successful cloud-first organisation.

    6 weeks

    12 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Business case for cloud
      • Welcome to the course
      • Introduction to Cloud Computing
      • Benefits and Opportunities/Risks and Challenges
      • Overview of the Cloud Computing Sector
      • Week 1: Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Working in cloud environments
      • Introduction
      • Introduction to Modern Systems of Work
      • Agile Ways of Working
      • DevOps
      • Week 2: Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Assessing the Cloud landscape
      • Introduction
      • Cloud deployment models and services
      • Virtualisation in the Cloud
      • AWS Infrastructure and Services
      • Week 3: Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      AWS Compute Services
      • Introduction
      • Introduction to AWS Compute Services and EC2
      • Further Compute Services: Containers, Lambda and Elastic Beanstalk
      • Week 4: Wrap up
    • Week 5

      AWS Storage services
      • Introduction
      • AWS Storage Services
      • Week 5: Wrap up
    • Week 6

      Cloud Security
      • Introduction
      • Security in the cloud
      • Week 6: Wrap-up
  • Course 2

    From 15 Nov 2021

    Cloud Computing Practitioner

    Use more advanced cloud concepts like cloud architecture, networking and databases and practice them in the AWS cloud environment.

    6 weeks

    13 hours per week

    • Week 1

      AWS Network services
      • Introduction to Week 1
      • Networking basics
      • AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
      • Amazon Route 53
      • Amazon CloudFront
      • Week 1 wrap up
    • Week 2

      AWS Databases
      • Introduction to Week 2
      • Introduction to databases
      • Relational databases on AWS
      • Other AWS database services
      • Week 2 wrap
    • Week 3

      Automatic Scaling and Monitoring
      • Introduction to Week 3
      • Balancing, scaling, and monitoring
      • Monitoring
      • Scaling
      • Week 3 wrap up
    • Week 4

      Cloud architecture
      • Introduction to Week 4
      • What is cloud architecture?
      • Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected framework
      • Withstanding failure
      • Week 4 wrap up
    • Week 5

      Preparing for Migrations
      • Introduction to Week 5
      • Preparing for migrations
      • Billing and cost management
      • Support models
      • Week 5 wrap up
    • Week 6

      Cloud Career Options
      • Introduction to week 6
      • Cloud career options
      • Certification and exams
      • Assessment
      • Week 6 wrap up
  • After learning

    Once you have successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive 15 academic credits at Postgraduate level from Coventry University. You’ll also receive a voucher to sit your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

What you will receive

15 UK academic credits at Postgraduate level from Coventry University

You’ll also receive an electronic transcript from Coventry University.

Learners who successfully complete this microcredential have the opportunity to apply for Advanced Entry into postgraduate courses with a 15-credit exemption of the following Coventry University degree programmes for the academic year 2021/2022:

  • MSc Computer Science (Coventry University)
  • MSc Software Development (Coventry University)

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

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

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by FutureLearn

FutureLearn is owned by Global University Systems and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

This microcredential is in collaboration with AWS

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

This microcredential is validated by Coventry University

This microcredential is validated by Coventry University. This means it is developed, delivered and assessed by FutureLearn, but quality assured by Coventry University. The microcredential will lead to Coventry University awarding credits

Delivered by experts

Jens Soeldner is professor for IT Security and Information Systems at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences. His main areas of interest are cloud computing, virtualization, automation, and security.

Nick specialises in helping companies move to the cloud securely, and holds the CISSP security qualification, along with 11 cloud certifications on AWS, Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

What are our learners saying?

Add a new skill or forge a new path

"I recommend Futurelearn to anyone looking to learn and upskill...If you are in the job market, you might want to add a new skill or forge a new path."

They bring the classroom right to you

"FutureLearn courses are always interesting and informative. They bring the classroom right to you and send you on a journey to explore new ideas and offer interesting topics."

When would you like to start?

Enrolment for this microcredential is closed. We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Register to find out more about this microcredential and future start dates.

    Find out more

    Not sure if microcredentials are right for you? Fill in your details below and we will send you more information to help you make a decision.

    By clicking submit, I agree to FutureLearn's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


    We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

    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.

    Learners who successfully complete this microcredential have the opportunity to apply for Advanced Entry into postgraduate courses with a 15-credit exemption of the following Coventry University degree programmes for the academic year 2021/2022:

    • MSc Computer Science (Coventry University)
    • MSc Software Development (Coventry University)

    Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.