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Computer Systems Development

Course Code: UF6381, UX6382

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: Various days, 9.00am - 6.30pm (part-time)

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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 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.