Awarded by: University of Derby
This course is designed to provide a broad-based introduction to studying computing at higher education level. It has a strong work-based focus and reflects the diverse skills and technologies found in modern ICT industries. You will develop a wide range of practical skills in networking, programming, application and web development, underpinned by academic knowledge and an understanding of software engineering and computing. The programme will appeal to those already in an IT-related role or those wishing to move into this exciting and diverse sector.
The assessed work experience and industrial placement provide further work-specific skills that are relevant to the IT sector. There is an emphasis on direct technical skills developed through a number of modules across the two-year course. You will build knowledge and understanding of the organisation of computer systems in terms of hardware, software and data processing and there are continual forms of ongoing and final assessments and small group workshops.
Throughout, you will be encouraged to develop your employability skills. You will replicate real-world practices by using specialised industry-standard tools and by completing an industry-related project. This will enable you to work in industry as a programmer, web developer, network specialist or database designer. The course will also provide you with an opportunity to apply to progress to the BSc (Hons) Computer Science.
The programme is delivered two days per week, with additional independent study outside of these contact hours. It will be delivered by our highly qualified staff who have a wealth of industrial and academic experience.
This programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2016-17 we enrolled four students onto this new programme.
This two-year programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus, regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
This course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.
All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
Foundation Degree - FD
Joseph Wright Centre
Foundations of Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science
Client Side Web Development
Database Development For Business
Introduction to Networking
Wide Area Networks
Industrial Team Project
Learning from Professional Courses In IT
Mobile Device Development and Security
Software Systems Development
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Joseph Wright Centre|
This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||64 points|
|Channel Islands||£6,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6,000||Year 1|