Course Details


The course covers a broad range of modules which cover the key areas of modern Computing giving you a well-rounded knowledge base and the confidence to work as a professional within new technologies. The range of subjects you will study include computer architecture and networks, event driven programming, network and internet security, database development, digital media, website development and digital forensics

You will also have the opportunity to develop an array of key transferable skills sought after by employers. These include strategic & critical thinking, problem solving, working with others and project management.

How long is the course?

This full time course is delivered over two years and commences in September. Attendance is typically 9.00am – 4.30pm across two days per week, plus half a day study skills support (evenings may be included).

What qualification will I achieve?

The qualification title is Foundation Degree in Computing.

What will I study?

Study consists of the following Core Modules:

 Year 1

  • Hardware and Network Fundamentals
  • Website Design and Development
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Database Design and Development
  • Dynamic Digital Media
  • Academic and Professional Development

 Year 2

  • Work-Based Learning
  • E-Commerce and Strategy
  • Network Security Management
  • Digital Forensics
  • Client / Server Web Applications
  • Managing a Computer Project

 In addition you will have the opportunity to study the following Microsoft Technology Associate Certificates (MTA) units[1]:

 Networking Fundamentals

  • Security Fundamentals
  • Windows Server Admin Fundamentals

 [1] – Additional fees will be incurred, please enquire on application.

Where will I study?

You will study at University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need to provide your own writing material, paper and folder. You will also need a storage device (USB) to save computerised work

How will I be assessed?

Most modules are assessed on 100% coursework, with some modules being assessed by a mixture of coursework and module exams. Assessment methods are assignment based and may include practical projects including presentations, group activities, written reports or research projects.

What can I do next?

Following this course you can progress on to University to undertake a range of computing related top up degrees, or go into computing related employment, such as network administrator, web designer, software developer, digital security analyst and database administrator. This qualification may enable you to claim accredited prior learning against an undergraduate qualification dependent on the institution’s entry policy and the programme that you are considering.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependent adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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Disability and Dyslexia Service

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances. For further details go to:

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service works to provide you with the adjustments needed in response to your diagnosis; a range of study strategies will be fully explored with you so that we can offer you a positive experience at UCB whatever your disability or health issue. For more information please visit the Disability and Dyslexia Service page.

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

 Any changes to the information on this page can be found on the Updates to UCB Information page

† Subject to validation. Is an Award of Sheffield Hallam University.