Foundation Degree Computing & Digital Technologies

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    Develop skills in computing and you’ll be employable the world over. This industry sector continues to grow, and our degree courses equip you with the skills employers require for their workforce. As a result, University Centre Somerset computing graduates enjoy excellent prospects and rewarding careers.

    One of the distinctive features of our programmes is their work-based learning content. This involves a placement with an employer during the course, and participation in a professional team project during the second year. Also included in our provision is a commitment to developing your professional skills, in order to enhance your employability upon graduation. 

    In your first year you will cover:

    • Programming and Software Fundamentals
    • Web Application Development
    • Networking and Cyber Security Fundamentals
    • Databases and Information Systems
    • 3D Visualisation and Interaction Design (IxD)
    • Professional Skills and Industry Practices

    The second year covers:

    • Advanced Programming and Software Engineering
    • User Experience (UX) and Full Stack Development
    • Advanced Networking and Cyber Security
    • Big Data and Data Science
    • Virtual Reality and Immersive Technologies
    • Digital Technologies Industry Project

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Our specialist teaching staff have hands-on experience of working in computing, and offer expert tuition in cutting-edge labs and classrooms.

    Assessment is through a mix of assignments, portfolios and presentations. As part of the course, you will be required to undertake projects both in groups and individually. There are no examinations in this course.

    A prominent feature of the course is the use of in-course assessment, where modules are assessed by the course teaching team while you complete them. There is also an assessed period of work experience as part of the programme. 

  • Progression Opportunities

    The FD is a perfect platform for progression onto the BSc (Hons) top-up degree. You will be equipped with a range of computer skills that are all highly desirable to prospective employers.

  • Career Progression

    As a computing graduate, the world really is your oyster. You will be equipped with a range of computer skills that are all highly desirable to prospective employers. Moreover, you’ll have experience of working in real-world environments where adaptability and the ability to handle pressure are essential.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MPP/Diploma - MM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. 

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. 

    Awarding Body: The Open University.