Foundation Degree FdSc Computing, Networking and Software Development - Cornwall College Camborne

Level 5 Foundation Degree FdSc Computing, Networking and Software Development

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Foundation Degree

FdSc Computing, Networking and Software Development

FdSc Computing, Networking and Software Development
Subject area
Information & Communication Technology
Cornwall College Camborne

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About the course

UCAS Code: I1I3
Institution Code: CORN C78

This course is for anyone wishing to gain a university-level computer networking and software development qualification. It is designed to provide a thorough grounding and is therefore a combination of the practical and theoretical aspects which reflect current practice and advances.

Entry requirements

120 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 80 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC National Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas – 45 credits at level 3.  Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.

Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Previous learning and experience may be credited. If in doubt, call 0845 22 32 567 or email

What will I do on the course?

The FdSc in Computing, Networking & Software Development has been specifically designed and written to ensure that our graduates join industry fit for purpose, professional and with the ability to respond to its rapidly changing demands.

This is achieved by combining formal lectures and hands-on practical experience, embedding work-based learning and incorporating Cisco and Microsoft vendor qualifications. There is a variety of work-based learning opportunities available to you through both paid and unpaid internships which satisfy short term contracts and you will have the support of your employer and college staff. Internships range from software or website development to network security or installation.

What can I do after the course?

On successful completion and with the relevant work experience, you could find yourself heading towards a career with Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) or elsewhere working in  helpdesk support or as an IT systems analyst; a network manager or administrator in design or installation; a software or website developer or programmer.

Students who successfully complete the FdSc in Computing, Networking and Software Development may progress to Stage 3 level-6, the final stage, of either:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing


  • BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing

Students who successfully complete the FdSc in Computing, Networking and Software Development may also progress to Stage 3 level-6, the final stage, of BSc (Hons) Computer Networking.  However this is subject to the choice of both the networking elective route and a Project, CORC2047, level-5, (stage 2) appropriately focused on networking.  Guidance for this must be sought through your programme manager.

There are no bridging modules that need to be attended for progression.

If you progress to the final stage of a University of Plymouth programme then your stage two marks (level 5 modules) will be taken into account in your final degree classification.


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Year 1

  • Networked Communications Technologies (20  credits)
  • Databases & Information Systems (20  credits)
  • Converging Technology & Information (10  credits)
  • Human Computer Interaction (10  credits)
  • Website Development (20  credits)
  • Introduction to Programming (10  credits)
  • Numerical Solutions in Business (10  credits)
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development (20  credits)

Year 2

  • Systems Analysis & Design (10  credits)
  • Object Orientated Programming (20  credits)
  • IT Management & Security (20  credits)
  • Application of E-Business Technologies (10  credits)
  • Multi-User Databases (10  credits)
  • Planning & Managing Projects (10  credits)
  • Project (20  credits)

Computer Networking option

  • Local & Wide Area Networks (20  credits)

Software Development option

  • Visual Programming (10  credits)
  • Server Side Programming (10  credits)

Additional Information

UCAS Course Code:                    I1I3

Institution Code:                       C78