FdSc Computing and Information Systems

Course overview

The course is suitable both for employees who wish to develop their careers and for school leavers who want a fast track to working in the IT industry.

Computing is changing our world: the way we work, the way we live. To study computer science is to put you at the forefront not just of technological change, but of social change too. FdSc Computing and Information Systems studies the principles and technologies underpinning the systems that are driving this change.

Key Facts

Science & Technology
University Centre Peterborough
2 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study with January start available

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FdSc Computing and Information Systems

It provides an opportunity to learn about these directly through a combination of work-based learning and in the classroom. The field of computer science offers a wealth of opportunity across a range of specialist fields. The variety of course options on offer means that you can fine-tune your degree to focus on particular areas of interest or to meet the requirements of a favoured career.

The aims of this course are:

  • To exhibit an understanding of the knowledge and concepts of Computer Science, incorporating the theory, principles and operation of the underlying technologies and methodologies.
  • To apply the methods and principles of Computer Science in the analysis, design, and implementation of solutions in a select range of application domains in information systems, software and communications.
  • To implement and administer organisation wide information technology and communication systems.
  • To work effectively as a team member and to develop as a professional within the discipline and as a technically able practitioner within an organisation.
  • To develop as an independent learner and reflective practitioner.
  • To recognise the professional, moral and ethical standards of the Computing Profession and to be aware of the responsibility in the use and development of applications which impinge on the working and personal lives of users and other professionals.


Working closely with local industry the FdSc in Computing and Information Systems provides the knowledge component of a Level 4 Apprenticeship for IT which is suitable for software, web and telecoms professionals.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computer science and computer applications.
  • The technical properties of hardware, software, information systems and their use and evaluation in a variety of application domains.
  • The role of design and planning in a computing context and how to act in a systematic and organised way when applying computing analysis, methodologies and techniques.
  • How to identify a problem within the computing domain and develop specialist knowledge within that area, provide appropriate analysis, develop potential solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • The scope, depth and the limitations of your knowledge and how to access and interpret information resources.

Modules guide

Year One core modules 

  • Systems Design and Development
  • Programming and Concepts
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Architecture and Networking
  • IT at Work
  • Workplace Practice

Year Two core modules

  • Principles of Digital Security
  • Developing Interactive Web Solutions
  • Advanced Database Design
  • Workplace Project

Year Two optional modules

  • Networking Essentials
  • E-commerce and E-crime
  • Database Driven Websites
  • Design Patterns for Software Engineering
  • OO Programming Development
  • Management of Information Technology
  • The Mobile Web
  • Advanced Network Routing


Assessment is via a mix of work-based projects, assignments, presentations, class and laboratory-based tests. These develop your abilities to solve problems, to communicate effectively, and become self-motivated.

Special features

Students completing this award may be eligible to transfer to Year 3 of our BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems at University Centre Peterborough or BSc (Hons).

Associated careers

With the combination of excellent practical and academic preparation our course provides, graduates should be well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities for a wide range of computer related careers and/or further study. Previous students have gone into positions such as web-based marketing and IT Service Desk or advanced their careers thanks to their academic qualification.

Links with industry/Professional recognition

Students are expected to undertake work experience as part of the course; this is a graded element. The course works closely with local employers to ensure that what is delivered is the most up to date and relevant to local needs.

Entry Requirements

A levels required;
2 A levels in related subjects. 

BTEC/Access required;
a BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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