Foundation Degree (FdSc) Computing // Undergraduate

Course overview

This full-time two-year course is suitable for people who have not previously studied computing. We welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds.

The course will equip you to work in software development, perhaps as a website developer, database programmer or in IT support. There is a strong emphasis on the use of software engineering methods as well as in developing effective team-working skills.

By the end of the course, you will be confident in designing, producing and testing software that meets the needs of users. You will be an expert in languages and packages such as HTML, Java, PHP, Oracle, Access and Dreamweaver.

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and work-based projects. To find out more, please contact your chosen college.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Computer Architectures (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Databases (20 credits)
  • Professionalism and Personal Skills (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)
  • Software Engineering 1 (20 credits)
  • Web and Multimedia Technologies (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Software Engineering 2 (20 credits)
  • Database Systems Development (20 credits)
  • Object Development (20 credits)
  • Web Application Development (20 credits)
  • Student Practitioner (40 credits)

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points from a minimum of one A Level / AVCE / National Diploma or equivalent.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

All applicants will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course. Prior experience of computing is not an essential entry requirement.

Progression and careers

This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.

Career options

Our graduates have gone on to become web programmers, IT managers, information analysts and software developers. Employers that have taken on our graduates include Sage, British Airways and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year.


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Course detail
UCAS Code I100
Classification Undergraduate
Course Mode Full-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £7965.00 *
Start September
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