Foundation Degree - Computer Technology – Truro Penwith College

Computer Technology – Foundation Degree

The course has at its core the architecture, processes and applications of computer technology. You will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computing and apply this to gaining skills in the use of contemporary technologies.

Issues such as customer support, system administration and professional practice are studied to enable students to understand how their knowledge and skills might be used in an organisational context.

This course has been devised to develop a wide range of employable skills and knowledge in the field of computing and is the result of consultations with employers, experts and specialist staff. You will build on some aspects of computing that you already know, but will also come across new and challenging work that will broaden your expertise and make you aware of new possibilities. Apart from learning about computer systems and networks, you will also be developing skills in digital media, web sites, databases and Linux. Throughout the course you will develop skills that will help prepare you for employment or for further study.
What will you study?

First year
Client-Server Scripting
Computer Systems
Digital Media Concepts
IT Service Management

Second year
Shell Programming and Scripting
IT Security Forensics
Object Orientated Programming
Managing IT
Project Management and Group Project
Network Services

Methods of study

Timetabled sessions will be a combination of lectures, presentations, practical sessions and tutorials – often involving group work. Students also work outside timetabled sessions developing a greater depth of understanding through research and practical computing activities. The College virtual learning environment (Moodle) supports all aspects of our students’ work.


This qualification covers a number of different aspects of the use of computing technologies, opening the door to a range of employment prospects. The course itself has been designed to address the shortage of skilled individuals within the IT community and the jobs enjoyed by our successful students include work in network management, IT support, computer security, web development and teaching (FE and school).

You will be encouraged to work with an external organisation for your 2nd year group project which will benefit you by gaining experience working in/with a business.

The future

FdSc graduates often choose to continue their studies by taking an additional one year course which provides a ‘top-up’ to a BSc (Hons) degree.

FdSc Computer Technology graduates may progress to:
BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies at Truro Campus
BSc (Hons) Computing at Plymouth University

Additional information

Entry Requirements
GCSE Level: Normally English and Maths at Grade C or above.

Together with one of the following:

A minimum of 60 tariff points at A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification
Access to Higher Education: Considered on an individual basis
National and Advanced Diplomas in a relevant subject
Level 3 qualifications achieved in the workplace will be taken into consideration

Applications from mature students without academic credentials will be considered on an individual basis but must prove they are capable of Higher Education study.

Awarding Body
Plymouth University

Two years full time, part time route available
How to apply

UCAS Institution: Truro and Penwith College
UCAS Institution Code: T85
UCAS Course Code: I100
UCAS Course Title: FdSc/CT


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