Computer Systems, Design and Solutions York College


The Foundation Degree (FD) in Computer Systems, Design and Solutions aims to enable students to develop a successful career in Information Technology and related fields, engaging professionally with common challenges such as the specification, design, deployment and management of complex IT and computer systems.
The course comprises a wide range of modules to give you a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. It will provide the fundamental skills and knowledge in computing for a commercial environment and has been designed to ensure it meets the needs of local IT employers and those of the wider business community.The course aims to produce computer professionals with a range of relevant skills for web or multimedia developers, programmers, systems analysts, or network or database administrators. The emphasis is on end-user satisfaction and using professional practice to produce industry standard software, techniques and interfaces. A broad range of issues and skills are studied to the depth required at degree level. In the first year you will study a range of core topics including: systems analysis design and database implementation, computer technologies (desktop and server hardware, networking and Arduino), dynamic web development (HTML, CSS and PHP), programming fundamentals (C#) and discrete maths for problem solving, as well as working on your personal development skills. Year two broadens out with a range of specialist subjects including: project management (PRINCE2), OO programming (Java), database design (MySQL), network administration (MS Active Directory) and multimedia technologies (Adobe). You will also begin to undertake your own professional development, preparing you for graduating; you’ll be automatically enrolled as a student member of the British Computer Society (BCS) as part of this module, providing valuable networking and career support opportunities.
Most students who complete the Foundation Degree progress to a top-up BSC (Hons) degree, which typically takes an additional year for full-time students and two years for part-time. You can also progress to Computer Science BSc at York St John University. Many of our computing students have gone on to further study and have attained industry standard qualifications such as the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) qualifications.

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

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 code GN5C
Institution code Y70
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

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:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level C GCSE Maths at Grade C or above.

Applicants who have
relevant skills and
experience but who do
not hold the standard
minimum entry
requirements will be
Applicants will
be required to
demonstrate the
necessary skills and
experience to enter the
course through their
personal statement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7,200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,200 Year 1
Scotland £7,200 Year 1
Wales £7,200 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.