Be at the forefront of the job market in software development with this Foundation Degree, as you build the skills and expertise to drive businesses forward and stand out in the increasingly digital world.
• Develop your understanding of how computing relates to modern businesses.
• Advance your practical skills in software design, implementation and testing, developing web and multimedia applications.
• And gain experience in the use of databases, relevant programming languages, and products used by the industry.
- Openshaw Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2019
Academic Entry requirements
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
Non-academic entry Requirements
An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.
You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Fundamentals of Programming (30 credits)
Examine the fundamental concepts of computer programming, with the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by comput
Year 1: Introduction to Web and Database Development (30 credits)
Discover the fundamental principles, concepts and practices of databases, the internet and web development, and cover the development of websites that connect to databases along with associated technologies that allow database interactivity by the end use
Year 1: Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 credits)
Explore the ethos and concept behind open source, study the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux, and practice designing, implementing and managing a Linux based virtual network
Year 1: Professional & Academic Development (30 credits)
Focus on developing and re-enforcing your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, enhancing your overall knowledge and preparing you for existing or potential professional careers.
Dawson, M. (2010) Python programming for the absolute beginner.
Robson, E. and Freeman, E. (2012) Head First HTML and CSS
Beighley, L. (2007) Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL: A Learner's Guide
Payne, E. and Whittaker, L. (2010) Developing Essential Study Skills
How will I be assessed?
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.
Each module is structure is broken down as follows:
• Summative Assessment 25%
• Directed Study 30%
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• Junior IT Office Manager
• Junior software developer
• Network administration assistant
• End user support analyst.
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page:
You can also find details of part time and international fees.
Course Associated Costs
Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you may also wish to print other documents.
Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.
You will need to purchase digital storage device of at least 1TB at an approximate cost of £50.