Computing at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Set yourself up for a career in the computing industries with this foundation degree. You'll pick up the foundations of web development, network and database design, and programming for apps. You'll then dig into the advanced skills and knowledge in subjects that interest you, such as cyber security, business connectivity or social media. You'll turn your curiosity about computers into the skills employers in the IT sector are looking for, and learn how to apply your skills to meeting society's needs through technological solutions. When you finish the course, you'll be two thirds of the way to a full Honours degree, and you'll have the opportunity to do some further study with us and convert your degree into our BSc (Hons) Computing. Careers and opportunities This course is shaped around current information technology practice, meaning it can improve your computing career prospects. You'll also have the option to top up to a Bachelor's degree after you graduate. You'll undertake work-related learning as part of your study, and learn the theory and practice used in web and mobile development, system design and analysis, or commercial system development. What can you do with a Computing FdSc? You'll develop the skills and knowledge for a role such as:

  • Web or mobile developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Network engineer
  • System analyst
  • Service desk engineer
  • Solutions architect
After you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software Concepts – 20 credits
  • Problem Solving through Programming Concepts – 20 credits
  • Database Design and Development – 20 credits
  • Networking Fundamentals – 20 credits
  • Web Design and Development – 20 credits
  • Network and Cyber Security – 20 credits
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Client/Server Based Operating Systems – 20 credits
  • Software Design and Development – 20 credits
  • Work Experience – 20 credits
  • Server and Web Based Infrastructure Configuration – 20 credits
  • Web Based Applications – 20 credits
- Managing Research Project – 20 credits

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examination
  • practical skills assessments
  • oral presentation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is available to EU and International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications such as vocational A levels (AVCE) & T Levels, BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.

Additional entry requirements


All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic51An overall score of 51 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7272 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 162 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 162 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level II with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6165 Year 1
England £6165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 Year 1
Scotland £6165 Year 1
Wales £6165 Year 1
Channel Islands £6165 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6165 Year 1
International £20200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Computing at University of Portsmouth - UCAS