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Leeds City College

Applied Computing

UCAS Code: G490

Foundation Degree - FD

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A level


Access to HE Diploma


A typical offer would be based on students achieving their Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, 24 of which are to be at Merit.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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Full-time | 2020

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4.0 years | Part-time day | 2020


Computer science

This programme has been developed and designed to offer a broad based pathway through to the BSc Applied Computing. Many companies now require employees who not only have specific skills but a broad knowledge of other areas of IT ensuring flexibility to meet the business needs.

It will give students the opportunity to access their degree programme and also continue with their part time jobs - as it is offered two days per week. All students will be required to gain work experience which is crucial on your CV. There is strong emphasis not only on developing your technical skills but also on developing you and your employability skills.

Successful students will achieve a Foundation Degree in Applied Computing which they can then continue with one further year to achieve a full honours degree or leave and go straight into the workplace.

For full time students the course lasts for one academic year for part time students 2 years.

All members of the University Centre course team are educated to at least degree level in their subject area. They have extensive industrial/commercial experience or long experience of teaching in further/higher education.


The Foundation Degree in Applied Computing comprises 12 modules consisting of :

Year 1 - Level 4:

Computer Systems - This module examines various hardware components as well as testing software installations to meet a user’s needs. Students will develop skills in setting up and configuring networks and servers as well as investigating IT procurement.

Website Dynamics - Develops your web design skills using dynamic HTML and CSS being aware of and using Web2 technologies.

Database Structures - Introduction to Oracle Apex - industry standard software for designing database systems. You will develop the knowledge and skills to design and implement a database system using industry standard documentation and processes.

Software Fundamentals - developing your knowledge and skills using Java programming language.

Professional Development - This module develops your personal attributes and your individual development and career plans.

Human Computer Interface - How humans interact with Computers is a crucial area because poorly designed user interfaces can result in disaster! This module looks at all aspect of design with the end user in mind.

Year 2 - Level 5:

Multimedia Development - Develops skills to present text graphics video, animation and sound in an integrated way using industry recognised software

Work Related Learning - Develops your understanding of the workplace as well as your project management skills and their employability skills.

Software Development - continues to develop your programming knowledge and skills using C#

IT Service Management - Based on the ITL framework, you will learn techniques for managing the delivery of services across a range of IT provisions.

Advanced Web - Further developing your web skills using PHP/MYSQL

Database Analysis and Development - Developing your knowledge of Systems Analysis - you will develop a system in Oracle Apex which meets the needs of the client. Further broadening of your knowledge of Oracle using SQL programming.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment ensures that student progress is supported and facilitated through tutorials and personal tutor support.

Each module is assessed by one assessment which is broken down into tasks.

Part of an assessment will be based on the workplace and you will be required to seek and gain part time employment A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, reports, presentations and practical work.

A detailed assessment grid can be found in the Course Handbook.

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