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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.
3 Years
Level 5

Course Structure

The teaching team consists of highly qualified staff with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of industry.


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

Mandatory modules will 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 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 (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 minimum student number requirements and therefore module availability may vary. 

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate Student of Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership of the Ulster University sports centre and access to campus libraries.  To find out more visit Ulster University Associate Student.


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Course Code: 10703

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

7 hours per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

A further 8 -10 hours per week on average, studying and preparing assessments in your own time, including use of online materials.


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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above. This must include a minimum of Grade C in GCSE Maths, or Merit in Mathematics for IT Practitioners unit on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or University-approved equivalent)
  • A minimum of Grade C in GCSE English or approved equivalent.


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A Levels OR 
  • National Awards

    International Requirements:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
    • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III, or other University-approved equivalent qualifications.

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


    • 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.

    Applicants must satisfy the University’s General Entry Requirements and specific requirements.  Each applicant is entitled to the appropriate information, advice and counselling to assess their entrance level and vocational choice.  All applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course.

    How will I be assessed and given feedback?

    Students are assessed using a range of different methods.  These include examinations, coursework, Project Bases Learning, presentations, practical assessments and class tests.  This is dependent on the requirements of each module of study.  Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    Where will it take me?

    On successful completion of this course, and depending on the grade you achieve, you may progress to second year of the BSc Hons Computing Science at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you can apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or apply for employment.  

    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.  Throughout the course, industry standard software and equipment is utilised, with a focus on the core industrial skills required for the computing industry.

    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:
    • 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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