The Higher Level Apprenticeship allows you to gain certification while working for a local company, requiring attendance at college one day per week. You will complete a Foundation Degree in Computing along with work related qualifications over a three year period. The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.
Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 6 hours per week per semester. Student workload usually includes 2 to 5 assessments (which may contain a combination of coursework, class tests, practical assessments and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured work-based learning placement within the computing industry during the final year of the programme.
The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of industry.
Modules studied may include:
Students are required to undertake mandatory modules equating to 180 credits.
Mandatory modules include:
- Introduction to Programming 1 (10 Credits)
- Computer Systems (20 credits)
- Effective Learning in Computing (10 credits)
- Introduction to Databases with SQL (20 credits)
- Introduction to Programming 2 (10 credits)
- Network Technology (20 credits)
- Computational Mathematics (20 credits)
- Professional Practice in an ICT Context (10 credits)
- Object-oriented Programming (20 credits)
- Work-based learning (40 credits)
Students must also undertake a further 60 credits worth of optional modules (listed below). Currently the optional modules are structured into two distinction pathways; however, it may be possible to study modules from both paths depending on timetable constraints.
Optional modules will be a choice of:
Pathway 1 – Programming
- Programming in .NET (20 credits)
- Software testing Methods (10 credits)
- Web Application Development (10 credits)
- Games Development (10 credits)
- Mobile Application Development (10 credits)
Pathway 2- Infrastructure Support
- Wide Area Networking (20 credits)
- Internet Server Management (20 credits)
- Networking Infrastructure (10 credits)
- Network Security (10 credits).
*Optional modules are subject to minimal student number requirements and therefore module availability may vary.
This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of the Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University sports centre and access to physical and online library materials. To find out more visit UU Associate Student.