FdSc Computing (UCAS code G421)

Course Overview:

This course has been developed to equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to support your continued development in the Computing sector. It is suitable for those already working in the sector and wish to gain a recognised qualification or for those who are looking to continue in education after completing their Further education studies.

Level 4 (Year 1 for fulltime learners is 1 year studying at college 1.5 days per week or 1 day per week if you wish to study part time), develops skills to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of some of the theories required to succeed in this sector.

Level 5 (Year 2 for fulltime learners is 1 year studying 1.5. days per week or 1 day per week if you wish to study part-time, if you do study part-time you will complete a 3rd year in order to cover all of the subjects in the course) develops your skills and knowledge further and begins to explore many subjects in a greater depth.

The course operates on a fixed module basis, all modules count for 20 credits and each module is taught for 1 entire semester.

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS tariff points

Programme/Award: FdSc Computing
UCAS code: G421
Entry requirements 2019-20:
  • You will need 48 UCAS tariff points from at least two A levels, or equivalent
  • UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are accepted
  • UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • UCAS tariff points from BTEC level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • International Baccalaureate: full diploma, achieving at least 24 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: at least nine credits must be achieved at Distinction grades, with all remaining level 3 credits at Merit grades
  • Edexcel/BTEC National: Distinction/Merit
  • Additional requirements:
  • All applicants will be invited to an admission interview before an offer is made.
  • Mature Applicants We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as at 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. To find out more, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.
    Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience If you have achieved a qualification such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be gain advanced entry to the course.

    Module Information:

    The list below outlines the modules you will take during the course, each module is worth 20 credits, our teaching is informed by research and content and will change each year to reflect this, and you will always have the most up to date module information within your course handbook.
    Module Titles

    Level 4

    • Computer and Network Infrastructures
    • IT Professional
    • Analysis and Design
    • Introduction to Software Development
    • Project Management
    • Client-side Wed Scripting

    Level 5
    • Database Development
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Information Systems Security
    • UX Design
    • Server-side Web Scripting
    • Software Development Project


    You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

    Two years (Full-time), three years (Part-time)

    Mode of Study:

    Full-time & Part-time


    The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that each module require.

    There is a formal summative assessment at the end of each module. Each module has its own assignment briefs or exam and assignment submissions could take the form of a report, seminar, presentation, academic poster and it is clearly identified as to how these assessments counts towards the marks for that module.

    You receive feedback on all assessments undertaken.

    Teaching and Learning

    You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group discussion and research, visiting speakers and practical activities. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. At level 4 you typically have around 10 contact hours per week, consisting of Lectures, Support and Guidance.

    The modules will be taught over 30 weeks, divided into two semesters each 15 weeks over the year from September to June.

    The Learning Resource Centre staff provide:

    • A comprehensive research and information literacy package
    • Support with accessing both online and physical resources for the course modules
    • Advice with finding resources for individual research projects and dissertations
    • Comprehensive reading lists specific to the course
    • Support and guidance with referencing
    Course Fee (2019/20):

    Tuition Fees – Information relating to fees is here

    Awarding Body:

    University of Plymouth

    How do I apply:

    To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code: G421). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk