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Computing - FdSc

Approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
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This course offers a balance between program development, practical computing theory and the use of applications to help you respond to the needs of today’s businesses.

It will give you an educational foundation for a range of careers within the computing and information technology industries and you will develop essential skills that are relevant to many other careers.

You will also gain industry experience and make valuable contacts through your work placement.

The Foundation Degree in Computing (FdSc) introduces you to the latest innovations in technology and business systems. You will explore new developments in mobile applications, programming, systems design and systems management.

You will study a range of core modules:

Year 1

  • Information technology
  • Computer architecture
  • Mobile systems
  • Programming (C++)
  • Web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Practitioner skills
  • Problem solving
  • Systems analysis

Year 2

  • Advanced databases
  • Networking
  • Human computer interaction
  • Dynamic web design (PHP)
  • Rapid Application Development (RAD)
  • Databases
  • Networking
  • Object-oriented application development for mobile

. You will also complete a work placement to gain professional practice and develop employability skills to ensure you are fully prepared for the demands of the IT industry.

Validated by: UCLan
UCAS code:: 2C36

Institutional code: H65

Primary contact:
Elly Foran
Email: elly.foran@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Delyth Coles
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5524 or email: delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk

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  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

    • 64 UCAS points (160 under the old tariff) made up from a combination of the following:
      • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
      • A Levels at grade C or above, including one relevant subject
      • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject

    Additional Selection Criteria:
    Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not necessarily guarantee a place. Entry to all courses is subject to a successful interview. When assessing an application, we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and personal statement. From your personal statement and interview, we consider your motivation and commitment to success, and any relevant experience you may have. For some courses, we may also ask for a portfolio of appropriate work or an audition.

    For some courses, students may be required to find a work placement prior to enrolment and/or undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. These requirements will be discussed at interview.

    Mature Students:
    We recognise that some mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and, therefore, we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your work and life experience and may ask you to discuss this in more details at interview.

    Interview:
    All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

    UK and EU Entry:
    Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements. Additionally, EU students, for whom English is not their first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.0 or equivalent. Equivalences include:

    • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4)
    • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230
    • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above

    Please note: To gain access to some courses you may need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person.

  • What can I do if I complete this course?

    Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

  • Career Path

    Students who successfully complete the FdSc Computing will be well placed to continue on to further study or enter employment in the industry. Your career possibilities could include:

    • Web Design
    • IT Technician
    • IT Communications
    • Mobile Communications
    • Information Analyst
    • Business Analyst
    • Technology Solutions Specialist
    • Software Developer
    • Database Administrator

  • Duration

    Two years full time, three years part time.

  • Cost

    You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

    For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

    • £8,000 per year

    The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

    • £1,000 per 20 credit module

    The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

  • Disclaimer

    We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course. For full details of our terms, conditions and disclaimers, click here.

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