Nelson and Colne College
41 week course
£7725 Full-time or £4120 Part-time
20+ Places Remaining
Course Overview

This is a programme leading to foundation degrees (university second year equivalent qualifications) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University with the following titles.

FdSc Computing
FdSc Computer Programming
FdSc Cyber Security and Networking
FdSc Computer Information Systems

All pathways provide a broad-based grounding in professional computing. Each named pathway has a focus on the skills needed to by the specialism in its title, and the Computing pathway allows students to mix and match modules from the other pathways to suit their own preferences or employment needs.

All awards are available through full- or part-time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

Students without a relevant qualification at level 4 will first complete the HNC Computing and then progress to complete the FdSc. Students with an HNC Computing would complete the level 5 modules only.

It is not necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

The full-time fee for this programme is £7725 per year. Part-time fees are charged in proportion to the volume of study undertaken, if this programme is taken over four years the fee would be £4120 per year.

What will I learn?

The modules for the FdSc Computing are:

Level 4:

Mandatory modules:
• Computing Project
• Database Design and Implementation
• Networking and Security
• Programming and Software Development
• The Computing Professional

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take one option from the following list:
• Computer Systems Architecture
• Website and e-Commerce Development
• Data Analytics

Level 5:
Mandatory module:
• Work-Based Learning Project

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take five options from the following list:
• Data Analysis and Informatics
• Cloud Computing and Programming
• Data Structures and Algorithms
• Operating Systems Design and Security
• Cryptography, Security and Forensics
• Network Design, Implementation and Management
• Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
• Games Design and Development
• Human Computer Interaction and Interface Design
• Data Mining and Knowledge Acquisition

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically and that the offer of option modules is dependent on staff availability and students numbers.

How will the course be assessed?

Most assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests. There are no formal examinations at level 4 but two modules at level 5 contain 90 minute written examinations


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