Computing Foundation

Foundation Degree Computing (Foundation Degree) 2016/17

The Foundation Degree in Computing is an excellent route into studying computing at university level. The Foundation Degree in Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University is distinctive because of the involvement of employers and the computing sector. Industrial placement (approximately 8-10 weeks) and work-based learning have been at its heart and this involvement is incorporated into the development, delivery and assessment of the programme. Lance, a Year 2 student, remarked: "The industrial placement is a very valuable resource; I was able to use the experience to explore whether a career in the education sector was for me. I gained some valuable insights and made some firm friends in a local secondary school."

 The programme aims to provide students with an up-to-date, relevant Higher Education qualification in computing in conjunction with the IT industry. Students 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 further provide work-specific skills that are relevant to the IT sector. There is an emphasis on direct technical skills developed through a number of courses across the two-year (full-time) programme of study. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the organisation of computer systems in terms of hardware, software and data processing and there are continual forms of summative and formative assessments and small group workshops. “Thanks to my ‘Industrial Placement’ module I was able to gain valuable workplace experience in an area of IT that I might never have considered before. The knowledge and understanding I acquired during my placement helped me secure a job in central London as a software tester, an opportunity I would never have received without the industrial placement,” said Daryoosh who completed the course this year.

This is a two-year 'hands-on' programme. In Year 1, students study six modules, each worth 20 credits. A total of 120 credits must be achieved to proceed to Year 2 of the programme. The six modules in Year 1 are: ‘Fundamentals of Computer Systems’, ‘Introduction to Programming’, ‘Application Development’, ‘E-Commerce and Web Development’, ‘Principles of Software Development’ and ‘The Computing Professional’.

In Year 2, students study a further five modules worth a total of 120 credits, of which ‘Industrial Placement’ (approximately 8-10 weeks) contributes 40 credits. Other Year 2 modules are: ‘Computer Networks’, ‘Object-Oriented Programming’, ‘Web Site Design’ and ‘Database Systems’. A bridging course is included for those students who wish to progress to Year 3 of the BSc in Computing.

Sam, a Foundation Degree student, stated: "As a mature student, the Foundation Degree seemed the ideal way to get back in to formal education. I was able to build on industrial experience and self-learning to become confident in computer programming and project planning."

Students who pass the Foundation Degree may join the third year of BSc Computing. Each student will be counselled by the Programme Director as to the most appropriate degree to join and the most appropriate modules to take.

The pass mark is 40% for each module and the award is classified into Pass, Merit and Distinction categories. Emma, who recently completed the course, said: “Choosing the Foundation Degree was a wise choice and I am glad I chose it and graduated. I came to the university not knowing what I wanted to do and now I would like to become a college lecturer. "

Single Honours Modules

Year 1


  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Application Development
  • E-Commerce and Web Development
  • Principles of Software Development
  • The Computer Professional

Year 2


  • Students study a further five modules worth a total of 120 credits, of which ‘Industrial Placement’ (approximately 8-10 weeks) contributes 40 credits.
  • Computer Networking
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Web Site Design
  • Database Systems
  • Bridging course (compulsory for candidates who wish to progress to Year 3 of the BSc in Computing)


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government. 

UK/EU part-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.  

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The main teaching methods used are:

  • lectures
  • practical workshops
  • student-led seminars
  • tutorials
  • oral presentations
  • group projects
  • e-learning

The programme has been designed to include a variety of assessment techniques, including examinations (including seen and un-seen, short-answer and multiple choice formats), class-based exercises, problem-solving tasks, presentations, group work, portfolios, logs, reports/ case studies and essays.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • G402


  • 2 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • 120 UCAS Tariff points including C at A2 level, or equivalent
    GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C, or above (or equivalent) is required. More entry requirement details.



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100% of Foundation Degree in Computing graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

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