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COMPUTING Level 5 Foundation Degree in Science

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Computing

Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Newry Campus


This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of careers across the IT industry. It aims to equip you with practical and professional abilities in specific areas, as well as providing a broad range of analysis, design and implementation skills.

Ongoing consultation with employers ensures the industrial relevance of the programme and provides preparation for a range of career paths. An integral part of the programme is work-based learning and in year 2, full-time students will undertake a supervised work placement over approximately 12 weeks.

The taught modules are delivered by experienced lecturing staff. You will normally have classes for 16 hours per week, comprising lectures, practical sessions and some blended learning. In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study of approximately 20 hours per week.


  • 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 have obtained a minimum of 64 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or approved equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at   

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 64 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


Modules include:

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


2 Years


This course is validated by Ulster University.


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If a student chooses to undertake work-based learning in certain jobs (within a school setting, for example) they may be subject to an advanced Access NI Check. The cost incurred by this will be covered by the College.


On successful completion of this course and depending on your final grade, you may progress to year 2 of BSc Hons Computing Science; BSc Hons Computing Technologies; 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.


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Portadown Campus

Stephen Herron

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Newry Campus

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028 3025 9643


In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


Information about our fees policy including details on registration and reduced fees as well as refunds can be found HERE

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