Business & Computing

Computing - Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc)

Start Date: 16th September 2019
Course Code: C01973 FLF1A

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Number of weeks: 31
Start date: 16th September 2019
End date: 5th June 2020
Time: TBC

Fee for 2019/2020 Academic Year:

£2500 Click here to view payment options available

Course Content

Modules on the course cover general computing subjects to give students the skills and expertise to seek employment in the field of computing and software development. This includes skill areas such as software design and development, database development, computer hardware and information systems. The course also develops skills in the mobile application development and web-based technologies.

Work Placement
The course includes a  work placement in industry, successful completion of which is mandatory. This will take place in an appropriate computing environment where theoretical skills will be enhanced with practical experience.

Course Aims

The broad aims of the Foundation Degree in Computing are:
• To provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in the Computing field, particularly software development
• To prepare students for a career in the Computing industry and for further study at honours degree level
• To provide industrial experience to build student skills and prepare for employment and further study
• To support the local technology economy by providing suitably skilled graduates.
• To strengthen links with industry to inform curriculum development and opportunities for placement of students and lecturers, employment and apprenticeships.

Course Update

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Computing is designed to meet the needs of both students and industry. It prepares students to progress directly into employment in the Computing industry and it provides suitably skilled employees to serve the needs of industry and the local economy. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills to progress to further study at honours degree level at university. This FdSc has been designed as a result of collaboration between Ulster University, the Computing industry and Northern Regional College.

University Connections

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To be eligible to apply for this programme, applicants must have a suitable Level 3 qualification, for example a BTEC National Diploma or Certificate or a BTEC Extended Diploma or a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Computing or IT, or suitable subjects at GCE A-level. Applicants should have a minimum of 72 UCAS tariff points, but entry requirements may be enhanced depending on demand and other factors. Such enhancements may result in preference given to those applicants with additional Level 3 computing-related subjects.

Applicants must also have at least 4 GCSE grades at C or above to include English (or an equivalent University-approved qualification such as Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication) and Mathematics. Applicants with a National or Extended Diploma (or other relevant qualification) in subjects other than Computing are also eligible to apply. 

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 13th August, as an application deadline will apply.   Final selection will be by interview.

Please Note If a course is over-subscribed the College reserves the right to enhance the entry criteria. 

Students will have the option, subject to satisfactory performance published by the University, to progress to Year 2 of degrees in Computing Science or Software Engineering at Ulster University. Students may also apply for undergraduate degrees in other universities.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge)
Farm Lodge Buildings
BT43 7DF
028 2565 2871


Michael Johnston

This course is also available in other NRC campuses: