Foundation Degree in Computing (Part Time)
- Course start date:
- 11 Sep 2017
- Course end date:
- 20 Apr 2020
- 14:00 - 20:00
The overall aim of this programme is to explore the world of mobile technology and how this impacts upon current and future business, organisational and social use of computer technologies. This award will challenge you to reflect on future career and employment opportunities using a range of abilities and transferable skills.
This Course is awarded by the University of Cumbria (subject to validation).
This course offers an opportunity to study the design of effective software systems for industry and commerce. The course is very focused on the real world Computing industry and the new fascinating developments in mobile technology. You will develop a thorough and deep understanding of how computers work and learn how to design effective Computing systems, to meet the constantly evolving needs of mobile computing users.
It is designed, using the QAA Computing Subject Benchmark Statement, and the latest contemporary thinking in computing education using CCNA and CompTIA Network + frameworks, so that you will engage with:
1) The concept of computational thinking, the recognition of its main elements and the relevance of mobile technologies to everyday life
2) The computing system (and this includes systems such as information systems), and the process of developing or analysing its importance to business, organisational, social and cultural life. Therefore, understanding of the system and its operation will go deeper than a mere external appreciation of what the system does or the way(s) in which it is used.
3) A balance of practice and theory, such that practical activity can be supported by an understanding of underlying principles.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see www.gov.uk/student-finance and our college ‘Student Money’ pages: www.kendal.ac.uk/studentmoney.
This course is awarded by the
University of Cumbria
What will I learn?
You will study in small groups with dedicated tutors at the Grade 1 Ofsted inspected college at Kendal. Most modules have a practical context and much of your learning is active and creative. The skills you gain, particularly in communication and computer/IT skills, will allow you to grow a career in a number of different scenarios. The programme illustrates learning through real life scenarios which have been devised in association with industry partners.
You will study six modules at level 4 and six modules at level 5. All modules are core or compulsory ensuring that the programme outcomes and benchmark statements are met. Alongside the foundation degree programme, you will be provided with an opportunity to gain vocational qualifications from CCNA and CompTIA.
The topics you will study are:
- Software development
- Computer architectures
- Principles of networking
- Solutions design
- Web technologies
- Ubiquitous computing
- App development
- Database administration
- Network routing
- Security and ethics
- Web application development
- Applied project
How will I be assessed?
The foundation degree assumes that all students, not just you, will have had no (or very little) experience of the forms of assessment used in Higher Education and therefore has taken an approach that will enable you to develop skills in each format, and to learn from feedback and your own reflexivity, by repeating these in each semester or year on year. You will be assessed by a range of methods. This will include; essays, set-assignments, portfolios, presentations and written examination.
Students completing the programme may progress to the Computing BSc (Hons) Top Up which can be completed in one further year of study or find employment in range of careers.
Commerce and industry as well as government and public services such as education and health are all critically dependent on computing systems.
A Foundation Degree at Kendal College is an ideal starting point for a career in any of these sectors, focusing on mobile computing, e-commerce and communications.
It will prepare you for career roles such as:
- Applications programmer
- Database administrator
- Software engineer
- Systems analyst
- Web designer
- Network engineer
- Computer support specialist
- Technical sales
You should have at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or above or equivalent, one of which should be in Maths and one in English and A-Level study or a BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to 64 UCAS points). You will need to have a Level 3 qualification in a related subject and evidence of level 3 study.
Students who have professional or work experience may be accepted on the course on the basis of this.
Alternatively please feel free to come to Kendal College and talk to our HE co-ordinator based in Student Services at main site next to reception.
How to Apply:
Contact Karen Shaw, Student Services Team Leader, for an application form:
email@example.com or by phone 01539 814748.
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