Course Code: DP1HE009 UCAS Code: I390 Software Engineering (Systems Development) - Foundation Degree Duration2 Years Day/s of weekTuesday and Wednesday Time09:00 - 16:00 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration 09 Sep 2024 University Centre 2 Years Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryGain the skills needed to compete for the best roles in systems development with our cutting edge Foundation Degree Software Engineering (Systems Development). With the focus on industry-relevant tools, languages and techniques you will eventually develop an impressive portfolio to showcase your abilities and aptitudes for key development roles. This degree has been co-created with employers to provide the expertise needed to progress into high-level roles, whether you’re new to the computing industry or not. You will also benefit from experienced tutors, first-rate resources and coveted accreditation by the British Computer Society. Entry RequirementsA minimum of 96 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline: MMM from Extended Diploma or DD from Diploma in any level 3 Computing/IT course We will strongly encourage and support those who do not hold GCSE Maths/English at grade C/4, or equivalent qualification, to pursue a Maths/English qualification alongside the main programme. The entry criteria for direct entry onto Level 5 of the programme is: Successful completion of the HNC Computing at Blackpool & The Fylde College Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. Qualification ObtainedFdSc Software Engineering (Systems Development) Industry Placement and Field TripsDuring the latter part of this course, you will need to complete 96 hours of related work-based activity. This will involve finding a suitable work placement, which we will encourage you to do yourself. If, for some reason, you’re unable to find a placement, our Workplace Co-ordinator will arrange interviews with employers; we may even find you an internal placement with our own IT Services Department. Your work-based activity also includes timetabled sessions, which will involve creating CVs, learning about professional guidelines and legislation, and exploring how to apply your new-found skills to the workplace. Learning and Teaching MethodsScheduled 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. Placement Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically. 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. What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Introduction to Academic Study DP4MD019 20 No Introduction to Programming DP4MD020 20 No Mathematical Concepts in Programming DP4MD021 20 No Software Engineering Practices DP4MD022 20 No Database Concepts and Programming DP4MD023 20 No Algorithms and Data Structures DP4MD024 20 No Modules at level 5 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Work Based Learning DP5MD022 20 No Cross Platform Programming DP5MD023 20 No Information Systems DP5MD028 20 No Mobile App Development DP5MD029 20 No Cloud Computing DP5MD030 20 No Architecture and Operating Systems DP5MD031 20 No How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 69% 77% 0% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 0% 0% 0% Other Costs and Equipment NeededResources 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. Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 340 325 0 Independent 860 845 0 Placement 0 30 0 Total 1200 1200 0 Career Options and ProgressionThe quickening pace of developments in computer technology means that there is an ever growing demand for highly skilled systems developers who are able to create and implement the applications and programs used in the backend of computer processing systems worldwide. Successful graduates could access exciting career opportunities in any of the following roles: software engineer interface/UX programmer programmer (C++/C#/Java) information systems developer (.NET/SQL) mobile application developer cross-platform developer web designer/developer The foundation degree is also the first step on your journey to an honours degree with our one-year top-up programme and to studying at postgraduate level.