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, Web design, Programming and Software Development, Mobile Application development and 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. The Degree is awarded by the University of Bath
A 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. The Degree is awarded by the University of Bath. The course intention is to develop highly skilled and innovative computer professionals who graduate with a wide range of skills that reflect the needs of the industry.
What topics are covered?
Systems Analysis, Computer Hardware, Cyber Security, Networking, Introduction to Programming, Games Programming, IT Support, Mobile Applications
What are the entry requirements?
Applications are welcome from candidates with one of the following:
• Three A levels at C or 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
You will also need a minimum 55% overall on the FdSc Applied Computing to go onto the BSc.
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.
How will I be assessed?
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 – 95%* of students go on to work and /or study within six months of leaving the course. Graduates are currently earning a salary between £25,500-£35,000* three years after completing 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 £8000 a year, the FdSc is a two year course and the BSc is a further year at £8000 for each year.
What funding is available?
You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.
What organisations does the College work with on this course?
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, this will take you to the UCAS website.
UCAS code: G401
Institution code: B21