Foundation Degree Computing & Internet Technologies

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
  • 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 first year, and participation in a professional IT 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.

    The first year covers a range of flexible and transferable skills including:

    • Web Design and Development
    • Programming Fundamentals
    • Computer Technology
    • Numerical Concepts
    • Information System Fundamentals
    • Network Technologies

    The second year covers:

    • E-Business
    • Professional Project
    • Introduction to Mobile Programming
    • Advanced Website Development
    • Scripting Technologies and Web Programming
    • Information Systems Development
    • Internet Technologies and Security

    For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.


    In 2014, there were 43,881 people employed in IT related job roles in the South West.

  • Teaching and Assessment

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

    Assessment is through a mix of assignments, examinations and presentations. As part of the course, you will be required to undertake projects both in groups and individually.

    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. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    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. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience. 

    Awarding Body: The Open University.