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FdSc Computing

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Key Information

Start date:September 2019

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:CS56

Duration:2 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is 64 points at:

A2 or AVCE, A Level Computing/Computing Science or equivalent DD, BTEC National Diploma Computing/Computer Science MPP, or Access to HE Computing with Pass.

Or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 in related subject areas, plus GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above.

Students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS 6.0 (with no component score less than 5.)

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from FdSc level studies are welcome. Where appropriate, they will be interviewed. Applicants who have not studied recently may be required to undertake an Access programme.

Award

FdSc Computing validated by the University of Central Lancashire (subject to approval)

The foundation degree in computing has been developed by The School of Physical Sciences and Computing at the University of Central Lancashire and is delivered at University Campus Oldham, Higher Education at Oldham College.

The course introduces you to the latest innovations in technology and business systems. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a range of careers within the computing and information technology industries, whilst enabling you to develop essential skills that are relevant to many other careers.

Exploring new developments in mobile applications, programming, systems design and systems management, the 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.

The course includes a work placement to enable you to gain professional practice and develop employability skills to ensure you are fully prepared for the demands of the IT industry.

On the course students will study a range of modules as highlighted below:

Course Content - Year 1

Practitioner Skills, Programming, Systems Analysis & Database Design, Introduction to Networking, Interactive Applications, Computer Systems and Security.

Course Content - Year 2

Agile Development, Human Computer Interaction, Database Systems, Internet Application Development, Work Placement Project, Computer Security, Network Management, Information Systems Management, Advanced Programming.

Placements and Work Experience

One of the key elements in the design of this programme has been to facilitate development of transferable skills and knowledge and the ability to apply these in a workplace environment together with the attributes and behaviours expected of professionals. The programme has a Work Placement module in Year 2, which requires the student to complete an Industrial Placement which will normally be of 30 day’s duration. During the placement the student will either complete a single substantial piece of work or a series of tasks negotiated between the student and the placement provider.

Input from employers in the form of workshops, live project briefs, case studies are integral to teaching and learning strategies. Through the varied assessments, students will develop important employability skills, whilst also developing their knowledge of potential career routes within the IT industry.

What careers can the course lead to?

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to build, maintain and repair computer systems, websites, networks and software applications and can apply for related employment within the industry.

Students can also choose to top up their foundation degree to a full degree by studying a top up year in Computer Science BSC (Hons).

Teaching and Assessment methods

Students will attend lectures on the given subjects. Resources will be made available through our VLE and students encouraged to widen their knowledge through directed study. Students will collaborate with peers and gain links with local employers on their individual project module. Students have access to a full range of UCLan resources, including their library and journal subscriptions, alongside the UCO HE Library and Resource Centre.

Students will be assessed through a range of methods including – academic reports, practical activities and presentations of their findings.

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