Applied Computing FdSc/BSc (Hons)
This 2-year Foundation Degree in Applied Computing prepares students for a variety of computing careers which may include Games Development, Multimedia or Artificial Intelligence (VR), Web design, Programming and Software Development, Mobile Application development, Database Management. Through practical and professional activities, you will develop essential work skills. The work-based learning nature of the programme has been designed in consultation with regional IT employers. Progression to a one-year full time Top Up programme leading to a BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Work-based Learning) is dependent on students achieving a sufficient grade level in the FdSc. Both degrees are awarded by the University of Bath.
What topics are covered?
The following are some of the subjects, including optional units, that may be covered in the duration of the course.
- Study Skills
- Cyber Security
- Web Design
- Systems Analysis
- Computer Hardware
- Games Programming
- Database Development
- Multi Tasking
- Virtual Reality
- Mobile technology
- Reasearch Methods
- Project Management
- Creative Computing
- Developing Technologies
- Research Project
- Managing Information
- Managing Performance
- Research and Literature reviews
- Helpdesk /Technical Support
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area, people who have been out of education for some time, those who may not have achieved their potential in earlier education and students progressing from A levels or BTEC diplomas. This course is particularly suited to those wishing to return to employment or looking to change career direction.
What are the entry requirements?
Applications are welcome from
- Three A levels at C, Level 3 BTEC
Extended Diploma with MMM, or equivalent
- You may be considered without formal
qualifications if you have relevant experience
and are able to demonstrate the necessary
skills to succeed on the course
- Four GCSEs at C/4 or above including maths
and English language
Mature students will be considered on an
individual basis, based on an interview.
What qualifications will I gain?
You will gain a Level 5/6 FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing.
Who is the awarding body?University of Bath
Who will be my tutor?
There are a number of lecturers currently teaching on the programme, the structure is made up of: Learning Coordinator, Course leader, tutors/lectures and other subject specialists.
Lyall Clarey BSc (Hons), HND, MBCS, CITP, DTLLS, MSET, QTLS, IEEE, obtained a first class BSc (Hons) is a Chartered IT Engineer and member of the British Computer Society and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He is a specialist in knowledge engineering. Lyall worked on and assisted with the early programming of supermarket stock control and computerised ordering systems (Grocery Manager 1.1). He carries out consultancy on IT management for SMES, commercial web design and network management.
How will I learn?
There will be a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, guest speakers, trips and online learning. The course also uses a dedicated hardware and a networking lab, as well as a number of general purpose IT suites. The computer software and hardware is ever-changing, reflecting the nature of the industry. Students will have access to a large range of software at no cost via the colleges Microsoft Web store. The software currently in use includes: Visual Studio (C#, C++. Visual Basic, Xamarin App development), Unity (Games development platform), Vive VR, Web Development package (PHP/MySQL, Java Scripting, CSS, HTML), Microsoft Office, Java (Eclipse), Adobe Creative Suite, Map Info (GIS), Unreal, FPS Creator and Artemis (Games), Cura – 3D printing, Blender.
How will I be assessed?
The majority of assessments are coursework, but there are some presentations and exams. The exams are open book. Our exams aim to test your understanding, not your memory. For example the hardware exam consists of building a computer from various components (and then finding the faults when we break it). The programming exam consists of finding the errors in a series of programs.
What can I do after this course?
Our graduates acquire expert skills in Computing and IT – 85%* of BSc (Hons) students are working in the computer industry within six months of leaving the course*. Students progress into careers in IT support, development, databases and networking, data and analytics for social media, Web Design and also onto further training such as teacher training or post graduate studies (MSc).
How much does this course cost?
This Level 5/6 FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing costs £7,700 per year.
What funding is available?
You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.
What facilities are available?
The course is largely based in the undergraduate centre in the Roper Building. With state of the art computer rooms and a dedicated undergraduate drop in room. The new computer facilities in the undergraduate centre used by the course have been noted as outstanding by the external examiners. The course also uses a dedicated hardware and a networking lab, as well as a number of general purpose IT suites. All computers are under 3 yrs. old and reflect the continually changing environment of available hardware. The software used is ever-changing, reflecting the nature of the industry. Students will have access to a large range of software at no cost via the colleges Microsoft Web store. The software currently in use includes:
- Visual Studio 2015 (C#, C++. Visual Basic, Xamarin App development)
- Unity (Games development platform)
- Web Development package
- Java Scripting
- MS Office 2016
- Java (Eclipse)
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Map Info (GIS)
- Unreal, FPS Creator and Artemis (Games)
- Cura – 3D printing, Blender
- Large range of open source software
The library is an important part of any HE course. It has approximately 1,000 books on computing and related subjects, including many e-books. The library also provides electronic access to millions of articles via electronic databases. There are also banks of computers available for use, as well as designated rooms for students to meet and organise their own studies.
What organisations does the College work with on this course?
Which department is this course in?Department of Technology
Where will I need to go on my first day?On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.
What else do I need to know?To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.
Where can I find out more information?
For advice or more details Lyall Clarey (Course Leader) Lyall.Clarey@bathcollege.ac.uk.
Alternatively, please telephone 01225 312191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also visit our Student Advice Centre in the Roper Building Reception.
How do I apply?
You can make a direct application for this course by clicking the ‘Apply’ button above. Alternatively, you can apply via the UCAS website.
UCAS code: G401
Institution code: B21