Computing & IT

Foundation Degree Computer Science - C048

12 Quays Full Time Higher Education

(UCAS Course Code G500/Institution Code W73)

The 2 Year Foundation Degree in Computer Science is directly linked to and validated by the University of Chester  allowing you direct access to the final year of the Applied Computing (BSc Hons) degree at the University of Chester.


Course Details

Studying Computer Science will you give you the opportunity to gain the practical computing skills so vital in the creation of computer systems across the digital sector. The foundation of computer science will allow you to study a broad range of topics in designing a developing digital solutions for the challenges faced by businesses in the ever increasingly computer dominated world.

The course has strong links with surrounding industry and input from professionals and Chester University and aims to ensure you have the most up to date skill set. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of exciting roles. The course is based in the newly refurbished and purpose built labs of the STEM Centre in the 12Quays Campus. In addition you will also have access to the facilities and library facilities available at Chester University's Thornton Science Park.

First Year Modules (Level 4):

  • Emerging technologies
  • Data communications and networking technologies (CCNA)
  • Continuing professional development (120 hours work experience)
  • Introduction to programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Web design

Second Year Modules (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

You will typically spend 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

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.

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).

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 www.ucas.com

You will need to UCAS Institution code:W73 and Course code: G500.

Where can I progress to?

You will have a direct access opportunity to progress on to the third year of the following Honours Degree programmes: BSc Applied Computing at the University of Chester. You may 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. You 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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Starting 22nd September 2020 - Ending - 23rd June 2022REF C048M001

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £7500.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2019-20.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).


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