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COMPUTING Level 5 Foundation Degree in Science Higher Level Apprenticeship

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Computing HLA

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Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Portadown Campus


The part-time Foundation Degree in Computing forms the core of our Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programme which provides a clear and achievable progression route enabling you to train to a high level whilst gaining a professional qualification.

Upon successful interview, you will be placed with a company for four days a week while attending college one day a week.

Over a period of three years, you will work towards the achievement of a Foundation Degree in Computing. The HLA will also provide the opportunity to work on live projects within an IT company and hence gain work-based learning experience while developing the transferable skills essential to succeed in the industry.

This programme will meet your requirements for personal and intellectual development and will open up new career avenues within the IT sector or provide you with a pathway to continue your studies at university.

There are approximately 360 hours per year student contact time, including blended delivery, over a three year period. Students are required to attend Southern Regional College’s Portadown Campus during term-time, one full day per week. The remaining 4 days will be based with an employer. There is an expectation of independent study.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive skillset across all computing disciplines.

Note: This is the same course as the part-time Foundation Degree in Computing - however the HLA element ensures that no fees are applicable.


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course. 

  • Applicants should normally have obtained a minimum of 56 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications. 
  • Have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE Maths and English, grades C or above) or have alternative approved qualifications (Essential Skills Level 2). In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.  
  • Entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA) - employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company.  Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.


Students will study:

  • Computer Technologies
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Object Oriented to Programming
  • Interactive Web Authoring
  • Database Systems
  • Visual Programming
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Systems Software
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Introduction to Virtualisation Technologies
  • Work Based Learning


3 years - part-time (1 day per week in College, 4 days per week working in an IT/Computing job role)


This course is validated by Ulster University.


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On successful completion of this course and depending on your final grade, you may progress to year 2 of BSc Hons Computing Science or BEng Hons Software Engineering at Ulster University. You may also progress to year 2 equivalent of the BSc Hons Computing Systems (part-time).

In all of these cases, as you have passed your work-based learning module, you will be exempt from the placement year. You can therefore complete an Honours Degree in the same time period as a student enrolled directly on the degree at Ulster University. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to go straight into employment.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


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Portadown Campus:

Kenneth Milligan

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