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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing

The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.

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We have 7 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ £2500.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ £2500.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing - Year 2 (Year 2)
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Part-Time 03/09/2018
5 £864.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Tuesday/Wednesday
Time: 09:00-17:00
10 £864.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Monday/Thursday
Time: 09:00-18:00
10 £864.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing (Subject to Approval)
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Wednesday/Thursday
Time: 09:00-18:00
15 £864.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing - Year 3 (Year 3)
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Part-Time 17/09/2018
1 £864.00 Apply Now

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Structure

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. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a suitable work placement employer, however assistance will be provided by the college as required.

This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student.


Students are required to undertake mandatory modules equating to 180 credits.

Mandatory modules will include:

  • Introduction to Programming 1
  • Computer Systems
  • Effective Learning in Computing
  • Introduction to Databases with SQL
  • Introduction to Programming 2
  • Network Technology
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Professional Practice in an ICT Context
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Work-based learning



Students must also undertake a further 60 credits worth of optional modules (listed below). Currently, the optional modules are structured into two distinct 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
  • Software Testing Methods
  • Web Application Development
  • Games Development
  • Mobile Application Development

Pathway 2- Infrastructure Support

  • Wide Area Networking
  • Internet Server Management
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • Network Security


Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Work placement – year two

4 days per week by 12 weeks in semester 2.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or Merit in Mathematics for IT Practitioners unit on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or equivalent)

Additional GCSE’s

  • In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSE’s at Grade C or above are required


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A levels OR
  • Level 3 Diploma in Computing

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?
On successful completion of this course, you may progress to second year of the BSc (Hons) Computing Science at Ulster University.
How will it make me more employable?

The course provides the opportunity to undertake a 12-week placement within the computing industry to assist you in developing real-life experience and practical skills that employers want.

You will learn transferable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the computing industry.  The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace. 

Additional Costs
Access NI clearance, estimated at £33 (only if required for work-based learning placement).
Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
Students are required to:
  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without prior consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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