Who is this course for?
Students who have successfully completed their further education courses, either a National Diploma in a computing discipline or related A Level subjects, who wish to study at a Higher Education level with a view to entering a career in computing, internet technologies or multimedia technologies. It is also suitable for mature students who have relevant computing experience who want to return to learning or change career direction with a view to working in the computing industry.
Whether you are starting your university level study after completing your further education or returning to learning as a mature student this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter the computing industry or assist you in your application to progress onto the third year at the University of Plymouth to achieve your BSc (Hons) degree in a computing related field.
This is a two-year programme and you will study a range of computing related subjects:
Year 1 - Web Design and Development, Software Engineering, Internet Technologies and Security, Computer Technology, Numerical Concepts and options in Graphics and Animation (3DS Max) and Information Systems Analysis and Design.
Year 2 - E-Business, Professional Project, Software Engineering for the Internet, Advanced Website Development, Scripting and Web Technologies, and options in Network Technologies, 3D Environments and Visualisation, Mobile Gaming and Information Systems Development.
One of the distinctive features of the programme is the work-based learning content and you will undertake a work placement during your first year and will also be involved in working for an employer on a Professional IT Project in your second year. Also included in the programme is the development of professional skills to provide you with workplace skills which employers value in their graduate entry staff.
The course equips graduates with a range of transferable skills and knowledge of the fundamental principles of computing and internet technologies, together with a clear understanding of how to apply those skills and how to develop them for best use of current and new technology.
At interview and in your personal statement, we are looking for you to demonstrate the following personal qualities skills, although all will be further developed throughout your learning.
- Communication Skills Those working in the IT Sector need to be able to communicate well with people at all levels. Your course work could include oral presentations, formal report writing and in-depth research.
- Group Work/Teamwork Most major development projects require effective teamwork. Let us know of any individual or group projects that you have been involved with.
- Independent learning/study skills You will already have some of these, and your transition to higher education is supported by your personal support tutor and student support services.
- Independence/Self-reliance/Initiative Tell us about your interests, work experience, extra-curricular activities, positions of responsibility etc.
- Interest in Computing You need to have an interest in computers, particularly in business aspects.
- IT Skills We assume you have no prior knowledge of programming but you are familiar with a ‘windows’ environment and are comfortable with word processing and basic spreadsheets. You will also have access to a range of IT facilities and the ILC where staff are available to give you advice and support.
- Problem Solving Are you a methodical person or are you someone who often has spontaneous ideas and thinks ‘laterally’? Problem solving in a computing context requires both skills.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught and supported by highly experienced and dedicated tutors and gain plenty of hands-on experience in our excellent labs and workshops.
Assessments with be either by assignment, examination or presentations. You will be required to undertake projects both as a member of working groups and as an individual. All such activities are supported by training in the application and use of computers. A feature of the course is the use of in-course assessment where each module is assessed by the course teaching team using assignments, case studies, presentations and examinations. There is also an assessed compulsory period of work experience in the first year.
Career & Progression Opportunities
As a graduate of this course you will be suitably equipped with a range of transferable computing skills and be able to work in an environment where adaptability and the ability to manage change are crucial. It can lead to an exciting career in the fast growing world of Computing and Internet Technologies. After successful completion of this course you will have an opportunity to apply to the University of Plymouth for a place on the final year of one of the following courses:
- BSc (Hons) Computing
- BSc (Hons) Computing and Software Development
- BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing
- BSc (Hons) Computing for Commerce and Business
- Bsc (Hons) Computing and Web Technologies
Relevant National Diploma (PPP) or A2/AS Levels (minimum 120 points, including 80 points at A2 level) or Advanced Diploma or Access Certificate. We also require students to have GCSE English Language at grade C (or equivalent).
Students whose first language is not English will be required to attain IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 6 with a score of 5 or more in the writing test.
Note: Mature students without formal entry requirements are welcome to apply.
Interviews last approximately 25 minutes. Normally there are two interviewers. This is a valuable opportunity for you to show and discuss your application and demonstrate your personal skills.
Full Time Fees: £7,000 per year (for 2012/13 start)
Part time fees: TBC (for 2012/13 start)
For further guidance contact our careers team on 01823 366 331 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org