In the current digitally dependent global economy, it is predicted that the digital skills shortage will continue to worsen, requiring new and talented individuals in various sectors such as cybersecurity, software and network engineering. The programme reflects industry requirements with a mix of cybersecurity, programming paradigms, hardware and networking and client and server web development, relevant to the current skills shortage and growing industry needs.
This foundation degree will equip you with the essential skills and competencies that employers seek in graduates, and will open up opportunities for you in both the public and private sectors worldwide. Whilst encouraging digital trends, innovations and entrepreneurial mindset, this programme will give emphasis to current technological advances, such as VR, AR, AI and IoT technologies, highly desired by employers.
This programme 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 programme 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. 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 programme assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 50% coursework 25% test 25% Practical Year 2 - 50% coursework 25% test 25% Practical Written coursework usually comprises of reports on practical work, such as cybersecurity, software engineering or networking. Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, in 2018/19 the first year of this programme was timetabled on Wednesday and Thursday.
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; cybersecurity, network engineering, systems analysis, software engineering, database development, web technologies and software engineering 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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