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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.

Dungannon (Options Available)

Year 2 Semester 1 Network Database Management Systems or Software Testing and Administration

Year 2 Semester 2 Programming Mobile Devices or Emerging Technologies

Omagh (Compulsory Modules May Change Each Year)

Year 2 Semester 1 Software Testing and Administration

Year 2 Semester 2 Emerging Technologies

Enniskillen (Compulsory Modules May Change Each Year)

Year 2 Semester 1 Network Database Management Systems

Year 2 Semester 2 Programming Mobile Applications

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
  • Work-Based Learning (The Work-based learning module requires learners to complete an industrial placement of 400 hours.)
  • Network Database Management Systems (See Description)
  • Software Testing and Administration (See Description)
  • Progamming Mobile Applications (See Description)
  • Emerging Technologies (See Description)

A minimum of 64 (CC) UCAS tariff points for Full-time, 56 (CD) UCAS tariff points for part-time, with passes in 4 different subjects including grade C/4 or above for GCSE English and Maths. Entry is also subject to successful interview.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme, but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

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

To be eligible to commence study on the HLA pathway, applicants must have secured full-time paid employment in a computing-related position.

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

The articulation route for successful graduates from the South West College Foundation Degree in Science in Computing is as follows and depends on the overall grade achieved: ·

Ulster University BSc Hons Computing Science (Full-time / Belfast)

Ulster University BSc Hons Computing Systems (Part-Time / Belfast)

Ulster University BSc Hons Computer Science (Full-time: part-time / Magee). You may also progress to other universities to complete your degree

The BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University) (one-year full time or two years part-time offered at SWC Dungannon/Enniskillen Campuses)

Career Opportunities

Software Engineering

Web Developer

App Developer

Database Administrator

Security Specialist


Technician/Systems Administrator

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 Annual Fee FREE

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

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