Foundation Degree (FdSc) Computing (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Chippenham campus, the Foundation Degree in Computing will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for progression to an undergraduate Honours degree.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will be able to progress onto to a top up year in BSc (Hons) Computing that is planned for delivery at the college from September 2020.

The college's setting environment and the small size cohort allow teachers to cater for the individual requirements of each student and provide extra support if needed.

The college has strong links with companies that will provide you with a variety range of work placement opportunities.

The programme contains a work based learning component where you will spend time in a workplace or undergo workplace simulations and you will study a selection of modules.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will gain a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Computing and you may choose to continue onto a third year to give you the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree which is planned for delivery from September 2020.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One

  • Professional Skills
  • Internet Technology I
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Foundations of Computer Systems
  • Professional Software System Design

Year Two

  • Internet Technology II (Optional)
  • Fundamentals of Networking (Optional)
  • Further Object-Oriented Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Database Analysis and Design
  • Work Based Project
  • Requirements, Specifications and Software Design
  • Foundations of Security

Please note:

You will be required to study one of the two Optional modules dependent upon student numbers.

Entry requirements

You should normally have:


  • A minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting along with a line manager's letter of support and recommendation.


  • A minimum of one pass at A Level (grade C minimum) or 6 unit Vocational A Level plus a minimum of three passes at GCSE (grades A-C) including Mathematics and English Language.


  • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualification such as GNVQ / NVQ or other level 3 qualification.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Support for students studying Computing:

We understand that going into full time or part time education can have a big effect on people's lives.  There may be many questions you want to ask before you start on a course. There may also be times during your studies when you will want to seek information and advice from a reliable source.

The college has a dedicated independent team of advice and guidance staff for the benefit of both students and would-be students. Available throughout the year, they provide information, advice and confidential support services for all students.

They are there to enable you to make informed decisions about your studies and to help you deal with any difficulties that may arise.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £7,570 per year (£9,270 per year for international students).

The UCAS institution code for this programme is O66.

The UCAS course code for this programme is I100.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may progress to the BSc (Hons) top up in Computing that is planned for delivery at the college from September 2020.

Many of the college's current Applied Computing students have chosen to progress onto the BSc (Hons) top up year at the college in order to further develop their skills within the industry.

Students who completed their studies in Applied Computing have commonly progressed into careers as I.T. professionals, web designers, support technicians and software developers. 

Some have gone on to specialise in ICT related studies at a postgraduate level at other universities such as the University of the West of England and Stafford University.

This course will provide you with the skills to undertake a variety of careers such as:

  • Analyst / Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Technician
  • Network Support Technician or User Support Technician
  • Games Developer
  • Games Tester