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.

You’ll build a range of business skills and practical abilities, covering software design, implementation and testing, in the use of databases and programming using a range of languages, such as Java, JavaScript, Python, and HTML. And with direct input and involvement from employers, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding future career.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development.

• 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
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

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.

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.
Detailed course lists will be provided in the handbooks.

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
A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Reports
• 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%
With this qualification, you could follow a career as a:

• Junior IT Office Manager
• Junior software developer
• Network administration assistant
• End user support analyst.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 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.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs of a laptop is £300.

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.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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