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Foundation Degree in Computing (Leek, Part Time)

University of Derby

Buxton & Leek College is part of University of Derby 

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Key Facts

Course Type: Higher Education

Subject: ICT

Level: 4 and 5

Full or part time: Part time

Campus: Leek

Study Duration: This course is 3 years part-time.

Fee: £2400 per year for 3 year course.

Start date(s): September


This course is designed to provide a broad based introduction to studying computing at a higher education level. It has a strong work based focus and has been designed to reflect the diverse range of skills and technologies found in modern ICT industries.
Students will develop a broad range of practical skills in networking, programming, application and web development underpinned by academic knowledge and an understanding of software engineering and computing science. Therefore, it is expected to appeal to students from a variety of computing disciplines as well as those seeking employment in ICT.
Specifically, this award provides a sound basis for a career in systems development, web design, network management and hardware maintenance. It is also suitable as part of a Higher Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Units studied

Year 1

  • Introduction to Computer Science (WBL)
  • Programming 1
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Introduction to Networking (CCNA 1 & 2)

Year 2

  • Client Side Web Development (WBL)
  • Software System Development
  • Program Development
  • Database Development for Business (WBL)

Year 3

  • Wide Area Networks (CCNA 3 & 4)
  • Application Development
  • Mobile Device Development and Security (WBL) 

Optional modules

  • Industrial Team Project (WBL) or Learning from Professional Courses in IT (WBL)


WBL indicates a work based learning module

How is the course assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used on the Foundation Degree in Computing. The aim is to use the most appropriate assessment strategy for testing the achievement of the module’s learning outcomes.

Assessment of conceptual knowledge and understanding is likely to be in the form of essays, written reports, case studies, presentations and exam questions.

Assessment of practical skills and the application of knowledge is typically assessed by skills tests, a portfolio of evidence or the construction of a solution to an identified problem.

Problem solving techniques generally require the production of design and analysis documentation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are variable but should include any Level 3 qualification and 4 GCSE passes.

Mature students are welcome and there are flexible entry requirements for those over 21 based on an interview with the Admissions Tutor.

What can I go on to do next?

A Foundation Degree will provide a sound basis to enhance your future employment prospects. This course is designed to train people to enter successfully into careers that can progress to senior management positions in industry, commerce and the public sector. It may be used for entry to higher qualifications and possible exemptions.


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