FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development

For 2018 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Digital Academy

This foundation degree has been specifically designed and written to ensure that you join the industry fit for purpose, professional and with the ability to respond to its rapidly changing demands. This is achieved by combining formal lectures, hands-on practical experience, the embedding of work-based learning and the incorporation of Cisco vendor qualifications.

Resources are exceptional with access to specialist computer suites, Cisco Regional Network Academy networking facilities, Microsoft Professional Training suites, test centres and an open access suite.

The programme offers you a common first year with the opportunity to specialise in software development or computer networking in the second year. Cisco networking qualifications are embedded within your foundation degree which will help you to gain employment on completion of your programme. We have liaised closely with local industry to identify local needs and the Sector Skills Council, e-skills, to identify national trends in demand.

The programme is broad-based, giving a good grounding in current practice and developments. You have the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest, through optional modules, to focus on computer networking or software development, together with your integrated group project undertaken in Year 2.

During the foundation degree, you will also study towards the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Cyberskills. This complementary study of academic and industry recognised awards will provide you with a unique qualification, putting you in a strong position for future employment or career progression.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Computing final year at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies final year at Camborne


Possible Careers 

– Programmer or Programme Tester
– IT Analyst
– Government Communications Headquarters Analyst
– Help Desk Support or Website Developer
– Network Administrator, Engineer or Installer
– Network Support Technician

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: I1I3
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Computing Networking Software Development Handbook (2017-2018) DONE


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Networked Communications Technologies
  • Databases & Information Systems
  • Converging Technology & Information
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Website Development
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Numerical Solutions in Business
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Project
  • Application of E-business Technologies
  • Multi-User Databases
  • Planning & Managing Projects
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • IT Management & Security
Computer Networking Pathway
  • Local & Wide Area Networks (optional)
Software Development Pathway
  • Visual Programming (optional)
  • Server Side Programming (optional)

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development

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2 years full-time

FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development

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3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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