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(UCAS Course Code G500/Institution Code W73) The course introduces you to a range of computing and information systems concepts, theories and associated applications. The course will help you to develop practical and networking skills, gain confidence in the use and design of software and enhance your analytical, teamworking and communication skills. This course is validated by the University of Chester.

Course details

This course introduces you to a range of computing and information systems concepts, theories and associated applications. You will be required to participate in work placement in each year. The course will help you to:

  • Develop practical skills
  • Develop networking skills
  • Gain confidence in the use and design of software
  • Enhance your analytical, team working and communications skills

Level 4:

  • Emerging technologies
  • Data Communications and Networking Technologies (CCNA)
  • Continuing professional development (120 hours work experience)
  • Introduction to programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Web Design

Level 5:

  • Project management
  • Relational databases
  • Operation and management of Local Area Networks (CCNA)
  • Continuing professional development (150 hours work experience)
  • Further programming
  • Advanced web design

Students typically spend about 13 hours in classroom-based sessions at the College over 2 days a week. Additional hours outside of timetabled sessions will be required to undertake independent study and completing assignments. Please note that a selection of these modules are subject to change following revalidation of the course.

Entry guidelines

Candidates need to have 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and maths, plus a minimum of 48 UCAS points from any of the following courses:

  • BTEC Nationals
  • AS/A2 - A Levels
  • AVCE
  • Alternatively an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent or a pass in an appropriate kite-marked Access to Higher Education course Where possible an academic or vocational reference will be required to ensure suitability for this level of course.

Experienced candidates who do not meet the above admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have relevant vocational practice, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for foundation degree level work.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Equipment Required

You are required to arrange and pay for a piece of assessed work to be professionally printed as an A1 poster (expected to cost up to £20). It is highly recommended that students have access to their own pen drive to easily access their work outside of the College. All software required to complete the Foundation Degree is available at the College's Twelve Quays campus.

Assessment Method

This course will be assessed by a combination of methods e.g. portfolios, projects, reports, research, case studies, poster displays, presentations, work-based assessments and examinations.

Additional Information

Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at UCAS Institution code:W73 Course code: G500

Where can I progress to?

Students will have the opportunity to apply to progress on to the second or final year of an honours degree in a related area at any university. Students will have the opportunity to progress on to the third year of the following honours degree programmes: BSc Computer Science, BSc Information Systems Management at the University of Chester ( Students can also progress into employment in the Computing or IT industry and pursue careers such as IT Support/Technician, Database Administrator, Trainee Programmer, Systems Analyst or Web Designer.

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When does this course run?

University of Chester

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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