Foundation Degree in Computing

The Foundation Degree in Computing is aimed at anyone wishing to go into the IT industry or continue their studies to degree level at university. The course involves a substantial work placement element. Applicants choosing the foundation degree will be expected to study 12 modules including the two work-based learning modules.

What will I study?

Modules will include:

  • Maths for computing 
  • Information technology and personal skills
  • Introduction to programming
  • Software engineering with human computer interface
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer networking 
  • Project management
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Data analysis and database design
  • Website development

You are expected to have a work placement for both years of the foundation degree. If you are unable to do this, the College will help you find one.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include exams, practical assessments, presentations, group work, individual assignments, employer contribution and reflection. Examinations typically take place at the end of a module with the other assessments spread throughout the semester.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered through full attendance,  at taught sessions and with e-learning.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Laura Shakespeare

Laura is studying for a Masters in Education and has a background in industry and teaching Computer Science.  Her research interests are PLCs, robotics and computer hardware.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant level three BTEC diploma totalling 64 Tariff points.


  • An A-level with relevant GCSEs at grade C or above


  • Previous commercial experience in the computing sector


  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will be eligible to apply for the third year of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme at the University of Hull, or you can go directly into industry.

Additional information


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