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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.

Modules are subject to change.

Year One

  • Computer Technologies
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Programming in Python and Java
  • Programming Mobile Applications for Android
  • Database Systems Design and Application
  • Software Systems
  • Interactive Web Authoring
  • Computer Networks and Work-based Learning (The Work-based learning module requires learners to complete an industrial placement of 400 hours.)
  • Unit : Network Database Management Systems (Dungannon Campus - Year 2 Semester 1) (Erne Campus Year 2 Semester 1)
  • Unit : Software Testing and Administration (Dungannon Campus - Year 2 Semester 1) (Omagh Campus - Year 2 Semester 1)
  • Unit : Progamming Mobile Applications (Dungannon Campus - Year 2 Semester 2) (Erne Campus - Year 2 Semester 2)
  • Unit : Emerging Technologies (Dungannon Campus - Year 2 Semester 2) (Omagh Campus - Year 2 Semester 2)

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 and 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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