Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Get the skills you need to work in the fast-growing world of cloud computing with this practical AWS course.

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Start your cloud computing career today

On this microcredential, you’ll develop your fundamental understanding of cloud computing, best-practice business use cases, and the core enterprise skills required to deliver value through cloud solutions.

Over 12 weeks you’ll acquire essential cloud computing skills, including understanding security risks and how to deal with them, the uses and benefits of cloud computing, and discovering industry-standard tools and techniques. The course is 100% online – meaning you can train flexibly, in your own time.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training

As demand for data storage increases, cloud computing is arguably becoming 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.

Amazon Web Services is one of the internet’s biggest cloud providers – and their certification provides evidence of training in cloud computing fundamentals.

AWS Certification

This online cloud computing course is created in partnership with the AWS academy – meaning you will come away with gold-standard cloud computing training.

AWS Cloud Practitioner

You’ll complete labs in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment, building the capabilities of a cloud computing business professional, preparing you to earn AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification, and, in turn, accelerating your software training and career development.

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.

Is cloud computing in demand?

The cloud computing careers market is one of the fast-growing in the world – between 2015 and 2019 jobs in the sector grew by 55%.

With the international jobs market in unprecedented flux, training in cloud computing is a great way to future-proof your CV – according to LinkedIn, cloud computing is the second most in-demand hard skill of 2020.

Cloud computing is one of the most desirable careers right now. There’s never been a better time to start your cloud computing career journey.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

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?

There are no specific requirements to enrol but it’s advised that you have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in a relevant field.

The microcredential is aligned with the growing expectation for business and IT professionals across all sectors to have practical skills relating to cloud computing.

As such, prior knowledge of IT infrastructure or cloud systems in a business environment would be useful but is not a prerequisite.

Current and future roles of learners on this credential may include business development managers, customer success managers, product managers, and business analysts.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is primarily designed for business and IT professionals 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 Certificate.

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.


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 13 Jul 2020

    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

  • Course 2

    From 7 Sep 2020

    Cloud Computing Professional

    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

  • 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.

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

A Certificate of Completion from FutureLearn

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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

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 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

The social learning platform with hundreds of online courses from a quarter of the world’s top universities.

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.

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When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

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Frequently asked questions

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. You can find more information in our 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.

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