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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Computing (HLA)

Level 5
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This course is designed around the computing requirements of local industry. Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding and design skills to formulate solutions to computing problems and the practical skills to implement those solutions.

Additionally, ‘soft’ skills will be developed in teamwork, communications, professional practice and time management.

This course is offered through the Higher Level Apprenticeship pathway - Higher Level Apprenticeships.

  • Computer Technologies
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Programming in Python and Java
  • Programming Mobile Applications for Android
  • Database Systems Design and Application
  • Software Systems, Emerging Technologies
  • Interactive Web Authoring, Network Database Management Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Server Management and Work-based Learning.
  • The Work-based learning requires learners to complete an industrial placement of 400 hours.

  • Dungannon (Options Available)

  • Year 2 Semester 1
  • Network Database Management Systems or Software Testing Year 2 Semester 2 Programming Mobile Devices or Technician Skills

  • A minimum of 56 UCAS points, with grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths.

    Entry is also subject to successful interview.

    Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL). Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics is required.

    In the event of over-subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.

    Assessment is by the use of coursework assignments with some module examinations throughout the duration of the course.

    The articulation route is to BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University) offered Full-Time at SWC Dungannon/Enniskillen/Omagh Campuses or Part-Time at SWC Dungannon/Enniskillen Campuses.

    Students can also progress to Ulster University BSc Computing Science at Jordanstown or Magee Campuses or other University programmes (subject to eligibility criteria).

    Career Opportunities

    Software Engineering

    Web Developer

    App Developer

    Database Administrator

    Security Specialist


    Technician/Systems Administrator

    Applicants need to be in computing employment on entry to course.

    1 Available Session

    *The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




    Session Code

    3 Year(s)


    Higher Education

    Mode of Study


    Hours per Week


    Number of Weeks

    Interview Required


    Academic Year


    Start Date

    Subject to Timetable


    Total Full Fee FREE

    Total Concessionary Fee N/A

    Full Fee Breakdown

    **Concession Fee Breakdown

    Fees Payable Each Year

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