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Computer Systems Development

Course Code: UF6282, UX6282

Level: 5
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Year one - Tuesdays and Wednesday - 9.00am - 4.15pm. Year two - Thursday and Friday 9.00am - 4.15pm.

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About the course

If you want to thrive in the IT industry you need to be very detail-oriented, able to combine your logical thinking with the ability to focus for long periods and have a positive, can-do attitude. Not only that, you’ll need a large dose of creativity too! On our Foundation Degree we will help you to perfect these skills and develop your ability to design and evaluate networks, and analyse and project manage network solutions. You’ll also develop a working knowledge of digital forensics, embedded systems and robotics and systems security.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

• computer platforms
• project management
• analysis and design of software
• program concepts
• organisational systems security
• advanced computer networks
• embedded systems and robotics
• digital forensics
• group research project.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths, English and combined science, and one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • a BTEC National Award in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • a NVQ level 3 in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework and examinations.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

Options chosen on progression may require some additional preparation in the form of bridging units for students to undertake over the summer period.  The bridging unit will contain elements of programming and HCI.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: UX6282

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.