Foundation Degree in Computing
Aims of the programme
In accordance with the Foundation Degree qualification benchmark, the programme aims to provide students with an up-to-date, relevant Higher Education qualification in computing in conjunction with IT industry. Students will develop skills, understanding and knowledge of computing that are underpinned by rigorous and broad-based academic learning incorporating key skills. The assessed work experience and industrial placement will further provide work-specific skills that are relevant to the IT sector.
There is an emphasis based on direct technical skills developed through a number of courses across the two-year (full-time) programme of study. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the organisation of computer systems in terms of hardware, software and data processing. There is also an emphasis placed on developing problem-solving skills and methods of analysis and design to produce software artefacts.
The Foundation Degree in Computing is distinctive from the BSc in Computing because of the involvement of employers and employer bodies. Industrial placement and work-based learning has been at the heart of Foundation Degree in Computing. This involvement is incorporated into the development, delivery and assessment of the programme.
Programme Director :
Reza Mousoli BSc(Hons) MSc MBCS FHEA
The entry requirements are for 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent in line with Foundation degree entry requirements nationally. Applicants are also required to have GCSE in mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
The CCCU Admissions and Recruitment Department is responsible for the administration of the selection and admissions processes. (http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/support/admissions/)
The programme director or another member of the department academic staff will interview students who want to enrol on a part-time route.
Every opportunity will be taken to recognise the prior learning of students as the programme seeks to recruit students from non-traditional backgrounds and those who are already in paid employment. This may take the form of specific credit that is directly relevant to an individual student's particular area of study in terms of its coherence, balance and progression.
All applicants to the course without 80 UCAS Tariff points will normally be interviewed by the programme director to discuss their relevant experience within the discipline. The area of computing is fast-moving and it is important that an applicant's experience is current and can be of value in the industry.
CCCU has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Scheme in operation and all APL and APEL claims will be assessed using standard guidelines and procedures. Hence mature students without previous qualifications may be accepted in special circumstances subject to interview.