This course is designed to provide a broad-based introduction to studying computing at higher education level. It has a strong work-based focus and reflects the diverse skills and technologies found in modern ICT industries. You will develop a wide range of practical skills in networking, programming, application and web development, underpinned by academic knowledge and an understanding of software engineering and computing. The programme will appeal to those already in an IT-related role or those wishing to move into this exciting and diverse sector.
The assessed work experience and industrial placement provide further work-specific skills that are relevant to the IT sector. There is an emphasis on direct technical skills developed through a number of modules across the two-year course. You will build knowledge and understanding of the organisation of computer systems in terms of hardware, software and data processing and there are continual forms of ongoing and final assessments and small group workshops.
Throughout, you will be encouraged to develop your employability skills. You will replicate real-world practices by using specialised industry-standard tools and by completing an industry-related project. This will enable you to work in industry as a programmer, web developer, network specialist or database designer. The course will also provide you with an opportunity to apply to progress to the BSc (Hons) Computer Science or BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security.
The programme is delivered two days per week, with additional independent study outside of these contact hours. It will be delivered by our highly qualified staff who have a wealth of industrial and academic experience.
This two-year programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus and regulated by OfS. The qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
We are seeking to attract well-motivated students who wish to pursue their studies in a stimulating and vocationally orientated learning environment, and who are prepared to undertake their studies both on campus and within either their own, or a nominated, real or simulated work-based learning environment.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
You may also be able to gain entry to Level 4 with exemptions on some of the modules, or advanced entry to Level 5, based on the evidence of other certified qualifications and experiential learning. In this case, Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) or Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) processes would apply.
Further information can be found in the University’s Academic Regulations (Part C) www.derby.ac.uk/about/organisation/academic-regulations or talk to the course leader.
We intend to run the course with a mixture of face-to-face, online and student-centred learning. Each module will take a unique approach that best supports you in achieving the learning and assessments. You will be part of a variety of online lectures, discussions, tutorials and activities. You will have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where a range of resources and activities will be provided. You will engage with your peers and teachers via Microsoft Teams and/or Discord, partaking in a range of planned sessions.
Any practical sessions and activities that take place on campus will be undertaken adhering to the current government guidelines. You will be provided with access to specialist equipment and spaces to best support your learning and prepare you for any required assessments.
At times, we may be required to change our plans in order to comply with Government guidelines. If we make changes, you will be kept up to date via announcements through your course VLE.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
There are no additional costs for this course.
This programme is designed to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge which will make you immediately employable within the computing industry or which will enhance your career prospects if you are already employed.
Students who successfully pass the Foundation Degree and demonstrate capability and commitment through their academic work and record of attendance may apply to join the final year of a BSc (Hons) degree. Each student will be counselled by the course team as to the most appropriate degree to join.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
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The Prime Minister was there to champion the UK's fashion industry – and highlight the vital contribution apprenticeships make in ensuring the sector remains a global leader.Sam, who has been with John Smedley since April, is delighted to have the chance to work alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable people on a daily basis. He is also enjoying working towards an OCR in IT through Derby College which will further his digital marketing skills. Sam said:
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