Foundation Degrees are new vocationally focused qualifications designed specifically to meet the demand from employers for particular technical skills and underpinning academic knowledge and transferable skills. Computing and Software engineering play a major role in contemporary business and industry and there is a continuing demand for students with skills in these areas.
The foundation degree in Computing is intended to provide an introduction to the academic study of Computing to allow students who successfully complete the programme to progress to an honours degree in computing at Middlesex University. Students will be introduced to a broad range of subjects related to computing including Programming, Database management, Networking, Software Development Project, object-oriented analysis, information Systems Projects. In addition they will be introduced to one specific area of Computing- Software Engineering. It is also intended to develop a broad range of practical and transferable skills in the area of computing to ensure the programme is relevant to the current working environment in the field of computing in a wide range of organisation.
The course compromises of modules which you must pass to achieve a foundation degree qualification.
1) Academic Skills for Computing(Study Skills)
2) Programming with Data Structures & Algorithms
3) Database Management Systems
4) Work Based Learning
5) Introduction to Computer Systems
1) Object Oriented Analysis & Design
2) Object Oriented Software Development
3) Project Development and Management
4) Software Development Project
5) Client/Server Web Systems Development
You can apply for this course through UCAS here.
This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
What are the entry requirements?
Students are expected to have GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English and Math s(9-4 grades).
Level 3 or equivalent qualification in IT or computing or other related Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 120 UCAS points. Students who do not have formal qualifications at level 3 but can demonstrate extensive relevant work experience or achievement of professional qualifications in computing are also welcome to apply.
How is the course taught?
Considering the nature and curriculum a lot of emphasis is on practical and workshop based learning which aims to stretch and challenge individuals. Group work and independent research are other learning styles included which provides learners the opportunity to develop and enrich their profile to succeed in both higher studies and employment. As a Higher Education Student you are required to attend up to 11 hours of sessions which includes Lectures, workshops and seminars per week over 2, 15 week semesters in each year. You will experience a variety of learning opportunities and styles, including group work and individual research, although the emphasis is on practical, workshop based learning intended to stretch and challenge each individual.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed entirely through coursework. A variety of assessment methods will be used which are designed to enable learners to meet the learning outcomes for the module and experience a range of methods in preparation for further study or employment. This includes written essays,reports, presentations, video, practical assignments and observations.
The application process
You can apply online or phone us on 020 8208 5050 and request an application form. Alternatively, you can call into our centres at Willesden and Wembley Park and apply in person.
You have to be 18+ to apply for this course. You can apply for a Higher Education loan see http://www.cnwl.ac.uk/courses/higher-education/funding
What support is available?
Our qualified tutors will support and guide you in the classrooms/workshops and through tutorials as they help you to develop the skills and techniques required in industry. Learning Support is also available for those with learning difficulties/disabilities; please let us know on application if you require this service. If you need help or advice on other matters such as welfare and finance, please contact our Course Information Centres at Willesden or Wembley Park.
What social activities can I take part in?
We offer a programme of social and sports activities to all our students; full information is available from the Student Room at your centre of study. Student rooms are available for those who want to play games, meet up with friends or just chill.
What facilities and resources are available?
A range of snacks, hot and cold foods are available to purchase in the canteen and café facilities, as well as vending machines. Halal meat and washing facilities are available at both centres. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect. LRCs (libraries) are available at both centres, fully equipped with a wide range of learning materials and qualified friendly staff on hand to support you.
What else should I know?
Annually we take part in a range of national and regional competitions in a wide range of subject areas for those keen to show off the skills they have gained on their courses. Competition entry is not compulsory and does not apply to all subject areas; please ask your tutor if it applies to your course.