Hugh Baird College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire
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Course summary

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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 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.

Course details


You will study a range of core modules: Year 1: Practitioner skills Programming Systems Analysis & Database Design Introduction to Networking Interactive Applications Computer Systems and Security Year 2: Agile Development Human Computer Interaction Database Systems Internet Application Development Work Placement Project In year 2 you will choose one of the following: Network Management Computer Security Advanced Programming Information Systems Management

Assessment method

Assessment methods are specified in each module syllabus and the student guide. All learning outcomes in a module are assessed and indicative assessment strategy for each module specifies the learning outcomes being assessed. The nature of coursework varies from module to module. A variety of methods are used to assess practical skills. These include laboratory exercises, oral presentations, formal reports, examination, implementation of software with supporting documentation reflecting initiative and professional conduct Intellectual skills are partly assessed through time constrained assessments, where appropriate, but assessment of coursework and practical project work is the main vehicle for assessment of the higher order skills. A variety of assessment methods are used, including formal reports, essays, and oral poster presentations. The Practitioner Skills module is assessed through a number of coursework assignments at level 4. At higher levels assessment is contextualised though A, B, and C above but specifically within the placement project. A variety of methods are used to assess technical and personal practical skills. These include laboratory exercises, oral presentations, formal reports, and implementation exercises with supporting documentation demonstrating a professional approach and evaluating methods and products. Staff in class and in supervisory meetings provide informal formative feedback. Intellectual skills are partly assessed through formal examinations but assessment of coursework and practical and theoretical project work is the main vehicle for assessment of the higher order skills. A variety of assessment methods are used, including formal reports, essays, and oral poster presentations. These skills are assessed through written coursework in many modules, but particularly the individual project, where students write an academic article and a project report, are interviewed, and give a poster presentation.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code2C36
Institution code H65
Campus nameUniversity Centre
Campus codeL

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 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

The minimum entry requirement for Fd Sc is 64 points at A2 or AVCE plus GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above. Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Fd Sc level studies are welcome. Where appropriate, they will be interviewed. Applicants who have not studied recently may be required to undertake an Access programme. 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.

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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

EU students, for whom English is not the 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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Computing at Hugh Baird College - UCAS