FdSc Computing (Full-time) - 2019 Entry

Reasons to study Computing

  • Undertake an industry specific placement, which allows you to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of professional codes of practice and business ethics in a real work environment.
  • Modules have exceptional relevance to the modern world, ensuring you graduate with the skills, knowledge, theory and experience needed to successfully work in a range of in-demand roles.
  • Small class sizes guarantee access to a range of computers, all containing the latest software and updates, as well as unrivalled access to an industry experienced lecturing team.
UCAS Code: G100
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years, full-time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre Campus
2019 Tuition Fee: £7,750 per year
Entry Requirements: 96 UCAS tariff points
Course Contact: Paul Hannaford
Telephone: 01744 623163
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Validated By: University of Central Lancashire

The Foundation degree in Computing will allow you to develop highly sought-after industry-specific skills, through the investigation of modern computing environments and an examination of the hardware/software used extensively in today's rapidly changing technological world.

During the degree, you will develop skills needed by industry, including programming concepts, web design, database development and network server administration. Throughout the course your knowledge of theory will be applied in practical situations to help you develop systems to meet commercial requirements.

Through a professional work placement, you will draw substantially on the knowledge and skills developed during the course, allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of professional practice and business ethics in a live work environment.

Course in-depth - Year 1

In the first year, you will develop skills in programming and receive an introduction to networking. Exploring current issues surrounding computer systems and security as well as systems analysis and database design, you will complement your theory by developing professional communication and selfmanagement skills as part of the overarching Practitioner Skills module.


CO1459 Programming

The module develops programming skills and confidence by focusing on a fundamental range of programming constructs and techniques used in most common programming languages. These are then enhanced by focusing on the effective use of data structures and simple algorithms. The design and implementation skills developed throughout this module can be applied to a range of programming languages.

CO1461 Introduction to Networking

This module will provide students with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to select the appropriate hardware and software to setup a local area network that is suitable for a particular scenario. Making use of Windows and Linux operating systems to setup a local area network, this module combines theoretical knowledge with practical assessment.

CO1562 Computer Systems and Security

This module examines a useful range of the fundamental aspects of computer systems and security. Lectures will cover a range of concepts, techniques and information without digging into the mathematical details of some tools (e.g. cryptography).

CO1656 Systems Analysis and Database Design

This module aims to develop the investigative and analytical skills that will enable students to progress to more advanced levels of systems analysis. The module will provide an interactive and stimulating learning environment, and will explore the nature of systems and the notion of the systems design process. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use, design and implement a reasonably complex system.

CO1757 Interactive Applications

This module considers what is required to develop interactive applications for current and emerging technologies. The material has a focus on online applications, using HTML5, CSS3 and PHP as the basis for prototyping and developing an interactive application for use on a number of different devices.

CO1851 Practitioner Skills

This module serves as a vehicle for students to learn and put into practice skills that will increase their employability; such as team-working, adaptability, communication and research proficiency, developing the skills required for success as a competent computing practitioner.

Ref: Paul Hannaford



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