This programme offers students a broad range of Computing subjects whilst allowing for the acquisition for skills and knowledge through a selection of Computing subjects.
At levels 4 and 5 students will develop a range of technical and academic skills developing on knowledge and an awareness of key aspects of the Computing sector through six core units.

You will cover areas such as;
• Programming
• Database management
• Networking
• Security
• Web development

On completion of this course you will receive a Foundation degree in Computing. You will then be able to complete a top-up year to study towards a BSc in Computing.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are UCEN Manchester alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.
You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.

Cyber Security Concepts (15 credits)
This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin the journey within network security. Students who complete this unit will be able to identify security threats, vulnerabilities, and help respond to and recover from security incidents. In addition, students will gain knowledge in designing and building secure networks necessary to plan and implement small secure networks across a range of applications using routers switching technology.

Database Management Systems (30 credits)
This unit will examine the structure of data and how an efficient data design follows through into an effectively developed database system.

Employment and Academic Development in Technology (30 credits)
This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing Students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers. The unit will support students in developing employability skills and aid them in developing their professionalism in relation to their subject area.

Information Systems (30 credits)
This unit introduces students to the importance of information to organisations. It will examine how systems can be used to support core business functions and enable organisations to be more productive and competitive within the global marketplace.

Introduction to Operating Systems (30 credits)
Students will be able to competently operate any given Operating System and undertake routine maintenance tasks, whilst developing analytical and critical thinking skills to aid in their employment.

Introduction to Programming (15 credits)
This unit introduces fundamental concepts of computer programming. The unit includes the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation, and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by computer.

Network Essentials (15 credits)
This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin the journey within networking. Students who complete this unit will gain knowledge in designing and building networks necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications using routers switching technology.

Research Project (30 credits)
The Unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to further explore discipline-specific knowledge and undertake a research project in a self-selected area of professional practice with the context of the Award studied.

Web Design and Development (30 credits)
This unit will offer the design and creation of an interactive website. The unit covers the theory and practical elements of web design using HTML5, CSS and Javascript aimed at developing the knowledge needed to design and create an interactive website.

Year 1: Introduction to Databases (15 credits)
This unit introduces the fundamental principles, concepts and practices of databases. The content could include SQL, database design and data modelling. Students will be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the earlier Introduction to Programming unit and programmatically access databases using the relevant APIs.
Level 4
94% Assignments
6% Exams

Level 5
100% Assignments
We would strongly recommend access to a laptop or computer to be able to undertake independent study. A External1TB Hard Drive is required and essential items for programme and cost. These are costs outside of academic books, printing costs and any other standard students related costs and are related specifically to the subject they are studying.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

Got a question?

Our teams are here to help, whatever your query.