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Computer Science and Digital Technologies - Foundation Degree

Summary

With the pace of technological innovation showing no signs of slowing, the demand for computer science specialists will continue to grow too. Our two-year foundation degree will develop all the skills you need to make your mark in the digital future, allowing you to design, implement, maintain and innovate the systems that support business and increasingly facilitate our everyday lives.

The industry placement in your second year will ensure your skills are relevant to the current workplace and mean that, if you choose, you can successfully transition from the world of education into the world of work. Alternatively, you might decide to further your studies and gain an honours qualification with our one-year BSc top-up degree.

On this foundation programme you will produce work in a range of computer science disciplines, including configuring network infrastructure, practically applying contemporary practices that support a wide range of digital systems.

You will design and develop database-driven systems, including information systems that form a core part of modern business. You will become familiar with emerging cyber security trends as well as how to apply them to secure databases and websites.

You will prepare for careers that are in demand as well as those that may not yet have been created. Significant practical content is complemented by a raft of transferrable skills that will enable you to be adaptive in an evolving sector and across a range of disciplines. Our cutting-edge curriculum, high quality resources, friendly and skilled staff and supportive environment will give you the best opportunities to excel in the future.

Key elements of the programme include:

  • Setting up network infrastructure and configuring servers, using current practices employed in evolving DevOps contexts to support a wide variety of digital projects, using PowerShell and Windows Server, as well as alternative technologies.
  • Investigation of emerging cyber security threats and practices, performing penetration tests on web servers to identify security holes and then patch them ensuring robust solutions.
  • Development of a number of database-driven projects, including developing an information system prototype.
  • General software engineering skills, including working with databases; sharing data between distributed components of applications; requirements gathering; producing technical designs and working to established development methodologies; and developing and testing interfaces, all of which increase the range of careers you can pursue both in and out of software and web development.
  • Analysis of organisational structures in the industry and development teams and building workplace skills.
  • Course code DP1HE005
  • UCAS code I120
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Monday and Friday
  • Time 09:00 - 21:00

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
2 Years
  • £37,100 average annual salary
  • Rapid progression to Senior Management and Consultancy roles
  • 59,103 annual job openings in the North West

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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

We are in an increasingly interconnected world with technology pervading all parts of our lives. Indeed, there are jobs today that simply did not exist in the past, enabled by technical innovations and the people that create and consume them.

Moreover, there will be jobs created in the future that do not exist today and this course gives you a number of highly transferable skills that will allow you to adapt and take advantage of this rapidly changing environment.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Admission to this programme would normally depend on you having a minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline OR evidence of relevant work/life skills or knowledge.

Candidates who do not hold GCSE Maths/English at grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent qualifications), will be supported to undertake these qualifications alongside their main programme. Candidates who have successfully undertaken B&FC’s HNC Computing will be permitted direct entry to level 5 of this programme.

Qualification obtained

FdSc Computer Science and Digital Technologies

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are available while working in college, with many resources available through remote services.

However, we do recommend that you have access to a computer with internet connectivity for completing work outside college times and accessing these resources.

You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: None

Awarding Body: Blackpool and The Fylde College

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

At Level 5, you will be required to undertake 96 hours of industry-based activity related to the programme. Industry placements are managed by an appointed workplace coordinator, who liaises with employers, performs visits, and logs required documents such as insurance. You are encouraged to seek out your own placement, the preparation for which will begin in the second semester of Level 4.

Some placements require DBS checks; the workplace co-ordinator will produce and collate the forms for this to ensure they are processed in good time. Should you not be able to locate a placement yourself, the workplace co-ordinator will arrange interviews with relevant employers. If there is difficulty in getting students placed, then there is the option to be placed internally with our netlab engineer or IT networking and infrastructure team.

In timetabled sessions, delivery includes CV generation, exploring professional guidelines and legislation, as well as discussions on the application of skills to a workplace context, all of which is then logged electronically in a reflective format. 

Our strong employer relationships provide ample opportunities for live briefs, supported projects, checking of real-world scenarios for assessments, and constantly evolving our curriculum.

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Network Principles DP4MD006 20 No
    Introduction to System Security DP4MD007 20 No
    Introduction to Programming DP4MD008 20 No
    Markup Languages and Styling DP4MD009 20 No
    Database Concepts and Communication DP4MD010 20 No
    Professional and Academic Skills Stem DP4MD031 20 No
  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Developing Information Systems DP5MD001 20 No
    Database and Web Security DP5MD002 20 No
    Systems Configuration and Management DP5MD003 20 No
    Software Eng Tech Design Documentation DP5MD004 20 No
    Responsive Dynamic Web Development DP5MD005 20 No
    Work Based Learning DP5MD006 20 Yes

Study Support - at a glance

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

Student case study - Jonathan Scholefield

Why did you choose B&FC?
The enthusiasm of the staff is infectious. The facilities and equipment here are in a class of their own, giving me hands-on experience with the kit I will go on to use in industry.

What have been the benefits of studying here?
The tutors have a wealth of experience and knowledge that comes through in their lessons. All the staff here have been very supportive and helpful with any issues I've raised.

How will I learn?

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 288 273 0
Independent 912 897 0
Placement 0 30 0
Total 1200 1200 0
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How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 89% 82% 0%
Exam 0% 5% 0%
Practical 0% 0% 0%
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