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FdSc Computing

Reasons to study Computing

  • Opportunity to undertake an industry placement allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of professional codes of practice and business ethics in a real work environment.
  • Jobs in Computing and IT will become increasingly more important in all industries and has a 9.7% predicted growth in jobs by 2020 (Emsi Career Coach, May 2017).
  • Excellent progression opportunities in employment or further study in computing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
UCAS Code: G100
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Paul Hannaford
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification - 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: - 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)
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University of Central Lancashire

Our foundation degree in Computing will allow you to develop highly sought-after industry-specific skills, through the investigation of modern computing environments and an examination of the hardware/software used extensively in today's rapidly changing technological world.

During the degree, you will develop skills needed by industry, including programming concepts, web design, database development and network server administration. Throughout the course your knowledge of theory will be applied in practical situations to help you develop systems to meet commercial requirements.

Through a professional work placement you will draw substantially on the material and skills developed during the course, allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of professional practice and business ethics in a real work environment.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

In the first year, you will develop skills in maths and problem solving. You will explore hardware and networks and systems analysis and design. You will also gain knowledge in dynamic web and media, alongside programming concepts. You will gain an understanding of digital information representation and practical experience of the key elements of an operating system while developing your professional communication, digital skills and an understanding of the information requirements of a computer-based information system.

Year 2

The second year will develop your knowledge further in a range of different areas of computing. You will continue to develop your ability to analyse information systems requirements within the framework of an Agile software development method. Your confidence to research Humancomputer interaction (HCI) topics for yourself will be enhanced. You will also begin to appreciate the features of Structured Query Language (SQL). You will familiarise yourself with Fourth-generation programming language (4GL) Relational Database systems in practice and use this technology to develop an information system to meet clients' needs. The placement opportunity will give you an opportunity to work independently and to show initiative.

How will I study?

Learning will be through theoretical and practical lectures, workshops, seminars, group work, practical based sessions and presentations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through coursework which may consist of a combination of group work, seminar presentations, practical computer based projects, or written reports. Some modules also have a formal examination as part of the assessment.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. They are experienced in a wide range of areas in IT and computing. Lecturers are active researchers in their fields and have extensive industry experience.

Ref: Paul Hannaford

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Why study Computing and IT with us?

Microsoft Office Specialist

Impress future employers and universities by gaining MOS status alongside your course.

Industry Experts

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Valuable Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience in the computing and IT industry to boost your CV. 

Diverse Range of Skills

You'll learn everything from programming and web design to multimedia application production.

Technical Support

You'll have access to the latest software to help you get the most out of your course.