Applied Computing - Foundation Degree

Applied Computing - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


This programme has been developed and designed to offer a broad based pathway through to the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing. Many companies now require employees who not only have specific skills but a broad knowledge of other areas of IT ensuring flexibility to meet the business needs. 

It will give students the opportunity to access their degree programme and also continue with their part time jobs - as it is offered two days per week. All students will be required to gain work experience which is crucial on your CV. There is strong emphasis not only on developing your technical skills but also on developing you and your employability skills. 

Successful students will achieve a Foundation Degree in Applied Computing which they can then continue with one further year to achieve a full honours degree or leave and go straight into the workplace.

For full time students the course lasts for two academic years and for Part time students 4 years.

All members of the University Centre course team are educated to at least degree level in their subject area. They have extensive industrial/commercial experience or long experience of teaching in further/higher education.

Duration 2 years Full Time, 4 years Part Time (on an infill basis)
Study mode Full Time or Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus The University Centre
Course code 72204-10
Fee £7,250 Full time or £3,625 Part Time (per academic year)

What you learn

The Foundation Degree in Applied Computing comprises 12 modules consisting of :

Year 1 - Level 4:

  • Computer Systems This module examines various hardware components as well as testing software installations to meet a user’s needs. Students will develop skills in setting up and configuring networks and servers as well as investigating IT procurement.
  • Website Dynamics - Develops your web design skills using dynamic HTML and CSS being aware of and using Web2 technologies.
  • Database Structures - Introduction to Oracle Apex - industry standard software for designing database systems. You will develop the knowledge and skills to design and implement a database system using industry standard documentation and processes.
  • Software Fundamentals developing your knowledge and skills using Java programming language.
  • Professional Development - This module develops your personal attributes and your individual development and career plans.
  • Human Computer Interface - How humans interact with Computers is a crucial area because poorly designed user interfaces can result in disaster! This module looks at all aspect of design with the end user in mind.


Year 2 - Level 5:

  • Multimedia Development - Develops skills to present text graphics video, animation and sound in an integrated way using industry recognised software
  • Work Related LearningDevelops your understanding of the workplace as well as your project management skills and their employability skills.
  • Software Development - continues to develop your programming knowledge and skills using C#
  • IT Service ManagementBased on the ITL framework, you will learn techniques for managing the delivery of services across a range of IT provisions.
  • Advanced Web - Further developing your web skills using PHP/MYSQL
  • Database Analysis and Development - Developing your knowledge of Systems Analysis - you will develop a system in Oracle Apex which meets the needs of the client. Further broadening of your knowledge of Oracle using SQL programming.


Benefits / Skills you will develop

We aim to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to operate immediately at a professional level in IT sectors of commerce and industry with particular emphasis on the application of a range of professional skills to meet and support the needs of the rapidly expanding e-Business sector.

How you will be assessed

Continuous assessment ensures that student progress is supported and facilitated through tutorials and personal tutor support.

Each module is assessed by one assessment which is broken down into tasks.

For the WRL module you will be required to seek and gain part time employment, which will form part of the assessment. A variety of assessment methods are used, including coursework, reports, presentations, video blogs, vivas, videos and practical work.

A detailed assessment grid can be found in the Course Handbook

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

This course has minimum entry requirements of 1 x E in a relevant A level or a pass in BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or other vocational level 3 qualification, together with a GCSE grade C in English.

However, candidates receiving this minimum offer would need to demonstrate experience in and commitment to their chosen Foundation Degree subject.

A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a merit/merit (pass) profile in a relevant BTEC National (Extended) Diploma together with a number of GCSE grades at C or above including English. International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field.

Candidates in this category are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course.

All students need also to be aware that it may be a requirement of progression onto a top up degree that they have both English and Maths at GCSE grade C.

Students who not have these qualifications have the opportunity to gain them whilst at College.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is G490 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time Higher Education courses, please apply here

What's next

You will gain a nationally recognized and highly portable IT qualification, which will develop your specific subject knowledge, give you a range of new skills and build your self-confidence.

You will gain professional qualifications such as CISCO, ORACLE, WEB3C for appropriate modules together with your foundation degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students can elect to apply to study for one further year towards a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Computing at Leeds City College, or another university for a BSc (Hons) Computing course year 3.

If you carry your studies further you can become eligible for membership of the British Computer Society, the professional body for IT specialists.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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