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Computing (Foundation)

Course Code: FDC
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Foundation Diploma
  • Awarding body: Pearson
  • Duration: 35 weeks
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: 16 hours per week, days to be confirmed

What's it all about?

Have you got a passion for code? Interested in the world of Cyber Security? Fancy working with AI, Robotics or technology that is yet to be invented?

This Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in IT is the right choice for you and offers the perfect stepping stone into the industry. It’s a diverse and interesting foundation to all things computing and will help you to take the next steps into work or higher level study.

Upon successful completion of your Foundation Diploma, you will be able to enrol on a full Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 A Levels providing access to our suite of Foundation Degrees or Apprenticeships in IT Solutions, Software Development or Cyber Security.

Course information

In the first year, you’ll gain an understanding of a range of areas of computing including:

  • principles of computer science
  • fundamentals of computer systems
  • planning and management of computing projects
  • software design and development projects.

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of course you will need one of the following: 

  • four to five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (including English and maths) 
  • an intermediate GNVQ in a related subject 
  • a BTEC first diploma in a related subject 
  • an NVQ Level 2/technical certificate in a related subject 
  • successful completion of an Apprenticeship course 
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

Internal Assessment by portfolio of evidence and four exams over the two year programme. 

You could progress onto our foundation degrees in software development, computer systems or cyber security. The course is also a suitable progression route onto a wide range of computing Apprenticeships. 

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

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£142,360.02

Potential salary

£14,376.99

Entry level salary

£60,151.29

Average salary

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