|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
|Term Dates:||View term dates|
Our Foundation Degree in Computing is designed to equip you with the ability to solve complex Computing problems in order for you to progress to graduate-level roles.
The Foundation Degree is a vocational programme in which you will undertake a work placement or work-based learning experience as well as develop your practical and cognitive skills to solve work related everyday problems by combining knowledge of information transfer, communications technology, software and business context relevant to the Computing industry.
You will develop professional-level industry related skills, learning, for example, how to build web-sites, design databases and plan networks together with the necessary problem solving techniques.
- What will I study?
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Computer Systems Architectures
- Introduction to Research (Computing)
- Introductory Programming Concepts
- Networked Systems
- Program Design and Development
- Reflective Practitioner (Computing)
- Web & Interface Design
- Logic and Implementation
Level 5 Modules (there are 7 mandatory modules and 1 optional module from a choice of 6 as indicated by *) include:
- Advanced Programming Concepts
- Database Design and Development
- Further Computer System Architectures
- Internet Programming
- Project Management
- Research Project (Computing)
- Work Based Learning (Computing)
- Multimedia *
- Data and Analytics *
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
During the course you are required to spend at least 240 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.
Please note: work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
- Entry Requirements
You’ll need 64 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 160 UCAS points).
All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
For this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English. In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. At least 32 of your UCAS points will need to have been attained from computing, information technology, mathematics or physical science subject.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:
• In class tests
• Solution implementation
• Group presentations
• Practical demonstrations of products
• Peer assessment
• Group assessment
This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
Students completing this programme may progress to BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up) which can be completed in one further year of full-time study. Some students leave directly after completion of the Foundation Degree and find employment in software design, web development and the games industry.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for Computing. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.
Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.