Course Details

  • In an increasingly digital world, businesses are relying more and more on new talent to drive their companies forward. Our course aims to put you at the forefront of this job market.

    The course will teach you to develop an understanding of how computing relates to modern business. You will develop practical skills in: software design, implementation and testing; developing web and multimedia applications; and in the use of databases and a range of programming languages. You will also gain experience in products used in industry.

    Employers have an ongoing involvement in the design and delivery of the programme to ensure students graduate with the skills required by industry.

    The course also will also build other important skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

    You will develop practical skills in software design, implementation and testing, in the use of databases and programming using a range of languages, such as Java, JavaScript, Python, and HTML.

    During the second stage of the course there is a greater emphasis on the development of practical skills that help to make graduates attractive to prospective employers.

    The course is delivered over two years full-time or four years part time.

    • Professional and Academic Development
    • Linux Fundamentals with Administration
    • Fundamentals of Programming
    • Introduction to Web and Database Development
    • Practice-Based Research Project
    • Object Orientated Programming
    • Mobile Application Development
    • Database Driven Websites.

  • GCSEs at Grade C/grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language and
    64 UCAS tariff points.

    Students who have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.

    Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.

  • You will be assessed by a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical assignments, multiple choice question tests, time-constrained tests and peer assessment. Several end-of-year examinations and a number of assignments must also be undertaken.

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Upon successful completion of the foundation degree students may also progress onto a third year and top up their FdSc to a BSc (Hons) within their own specialised field BSc (Hons) Software Development (Top up) or BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT (Top up) at The Manchester College or progress to honours level awards at Manchester Metropolitan University). Alternatively, students may progress into numerous careers, including junior IT office managers, junior software developers, network administration assistants and end user support analysts.

    The course will help you to progress to junior IT office managers, junior software developers, network administration assistants and end user support analysts.

    Careers page
  • The fee (if applicable) for this two year, full-time foundation degree is currently £7,000.

    Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page, Fees, Funding and Finance to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

    Fees, finance and funding page
  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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