The IT and computing industries are dynamic, fast-moving and constantly in need of qualified professionals. This foundation degree equips you with the skills that employers seek in graduates, and will open up opportunities for you in both the public and private sectors, not just in the United Kingdom but all over the world.
The course reflects industry trends with a mix of programming paradigms, hardware and networking, systems analysis and databases, client and server web development and various other topics, all of which are relevant to modern industry. This will enable you to progress and succeed within today’s IT and computing sector by ensuring that you can readily transition into professional practice.
This course is delivered by an experienced teaching team, who regularly monitor and update the programme to reflect industry trends, ensuring you gain valuable skills that are relevant to employment. You will be learning in small classes where there is an emphasis on support, which will enable you to make the most of your studies and to succeed in your career. The course consists of a core curriculum that includes lectures, presentations, class discussion and project work. You will be taught in our specialist computing lab which provides access to current Cisco networking equipment and the latest industry-standard software, including packages from Adobe, Microsoft and Open Source alternatives. Assessment is assignment-based, usually comprising of reports on practical work, such as programming or networking. There are also additional sessions that focus on employability and study skills. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. The balance of assessment by examination/test, coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 50% coursework 25% test 25% Practical Year 2 - 50% coursework 25% test 25% Practical Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, In 2017/18 the first year of this programme was timetabled on: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.
Ucas Code: G400
Award: FdSc awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this foundation degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computing degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could consider employment in a number of fields. A degree in computing offers a wide range of career opportunities, in areas such as systems analysis, programming, database development, network administration, web technologies and programming for mobile and entertainment systems.
"The FdSc Computing course was recommended to me, and the broad range of subjects covered made it a fantastic way of developing my skills. I received excellent support from my tutors, who were always helpful, and there were valuable vocational trips, such as visiting technology conventions in London."Luke Mills
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