Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£7,500 per year (2019/20)

Course level




Start date



Buxton & Leek College (Buxton/Leek Campus)

Course description

This foundation degree provides a broad based introduction to studying computing at a higher education level. It has a strong work based focus and has been designed to reflect the diverse range of skills and technologies found in modern ICT industries.

This course is studied at Buxton & Leek College - the 2 year full-time route is studied at the Buxton Campus; the 3 year part-time route is studied at the Leek Campus.

What you will study

You will develop a broad range of practical skills in networking, programming, application and web development underpinned by academic knowledge and an understanding of software engineering and computing science. This course would appeal to students from a variety of computing disciplines as well as those seeking employment in ICT.

This award will provide a sound basis for a career in systems development, web design, network management and hardware maintenance.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

A variety of assessment methods are used on the foundation degree in Computing. The aim is to use the most appropriate assessment strategy for testing the achievement of the module’s learning outcomes.

Assessment of conceptual knowledge and understanding is likely to be in the form of essays, written reports, case studies, presentations and exam questions.

Assessment of practical skills and the application of knowledge is typically assessed by skills tests, a portfolio of evidence or the construction of a solution to an identified problem.

Problem solving techniques generally require the production of design and analysis documentation.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are variable but should include any Level 3 qualification and 4 GCSE passes. Mature students are welcome and there are flexible entry requirements for those over 21 based on an interview with the tutor.

Relevant subjectsN/A

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£7,500 per year

£3,200 per year




How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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After completion of this course you’ll be able to progress onto a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Programming or Software Development.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.