Foundation Degree in Computing

Enrolment & Timetable Information


Enrolment sessions are as follows:

Years 1 and 2 - Thursday 14th September 10am-1pm

Timetable for September:

Year 1 - Monday 2-8pm and Thursday 9am-2.30pm
Year 2 - Monday 9am-6pm and Wednesday 9am-6pm

The start and finish times may vary depending on the individual module options chosen by the student.

Approved by:

The University of Cumbria


The overall aims of the programme are:
1. To enable students to develop understanding, skills and appreciation of relevant processes and theories in the application of computing/IT environment and to adapt to further development
2. To provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of the application of a range of design principles and the practical use and application of computing techniques in the development process of computing projects.
3. To provide opportunities to develop the qualities and professional skills necessary to function effectively in a ICT environment and support the attainment of relevant Computing skills.
4. To develop students’ abilities to apply independent critical thinking, communication skills and self-management skills to identify problems in their organisations and formulate and implement effective solutions
5. To encourage, develop and enable students to become independent learners with particular reference to the practical use and application of computing/IT
6. To provide opportunities, through optional modules and integrated work based learning, for students to gain additional knowledge of specialised aspects of Computing of relevance to their organisations
7. To provide a basis for progression in career and educational development through additional study for an honours degree

What are the entry requirements?

Students are normally expected to have at least four GCSE passes at grade C or equivalent and to have one pass at GCE A2 level (6 unit awards) or equivalent in a relevant subject (evidenced professional or work experience may demonstrate equivalence), typically 80 UCAS points. Minimum of grade C (GCSE) or level 2 in literacy and numeracy.

Non-standard entrants are required to demonstrate the ability to benefit from, and have prospect of, successfully completing the programme. In this connection, they may be required to demonstrate basic competencies and skills via prior experiential learning and/or such diagnostic assessment procedures as are deemed appropriate. Interviews and invitations to Open Days and/or taster Sessions will be used extensively to explore an applicant’s suitability for the programme.

What subjects will I study?

Module Title

Level 4 Essentials of Computer Programming
Level 4 Solutions Design
Level 4 Computer Maintenance and Administration
Level 4 Essentials of Networking
Level 4 Website Development
Level 4 Principles of Project Management

Level 5 Database Development
Level 5 Work-Based Project
Level 5 Agile Project Development
Level 5 Network Routing
Level 5 IT in Society
Level 5 Content Management Systems

How will I learn?

A mixture of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory and field-based practical work, group work, flexible and distributed learning, placement and self-study.

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio, assignments, practical tasks, case studies, reports, presentations, team project, individual project.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Top-up to a relevant Honours Degree.

Employment in a variety of careers in IT/Computing such as software design, programming, website development, network support (CISCO qualified).

Click here for further information about the BSc (Hons) Computing Top-Up

How long is the course?

Full-time Two years
Attendance: One day and a half per week, plus two days’ work placement

Part-time Three years
Attendance: One day per week, plus one day work placement

PLEASE NOTE The timetabled hours for this course may be spread out across the week.

When is the next start date?

The next intake will start from 11th September 2017.

Programme Specification

Click here to download Programme Specification


Fees for Full-time study in 2017/18 are £5950 (this is for 120 credits). To gain the Foundation Degree you will need to study and pass a total of 240 credits. Fees for the duration of the full course typically over 2 years are £11,900 plus a small annual inflationary increase as determined by the Government.

Fees for Part-time study in 2017/18 are £992 per 20 credit module, £3968 per year. To gain the Foundation Degree you will need to study and pass a total of 240 credits. Fees for the duration of the full course, typically part time over 3 years, are £11,904 plus a small annual inflationary increase as determined by the Government.

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Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation.

How can I apply?

All FULL TIME students should apply through UCAS at the link below:

UCAS Application Form

The UCAS course code for the Foundation Degree in Computing is 2W31.

PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application:

Furness College Application Form

PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017

Simply submit your enquiry to us & we will email or call you back

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