FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development*

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Digital Academy

This foundation degree has been specifically designed and written to ensure that you join the industry fit for purpose, professional and with the ability to respond to its rapidly changing demands. This is achieved by combining formal lectures, hands-on practical experience, the embedding of work-based learning and the incorporation of preparation for Cisco vendor qualifications.

Resources are exceptional with access to specialist computer suites, Cisco Regional Network Academy networking facilities, Microsoft Professional Training suites, test centres and an open access suite.

The programme offers you a common first year with the opportunity to specialise in software development or computer networking in the second year. The content for Cisco networking qualifications are embedded within your foundation degree which will help you to gain employment on completion of your programme. We have liaised closely with local industry to identify local needs and the Sector Skills Council, e-skills, to identify national trends in demand.

The programme is broad-based, giving a good grounding in current practice and developments. You have the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest, through optional modules, to focus on computer networking or software development, together with your integrated project undertaken in Year 2.

During the foundation degree, you will also study towards the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Security content. This complementary study will prepare you to undertake the industry recognised awards of CCNA and CCNS which will provide you with a unique qualification, putting you in a strong position for future employment or career progression.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Computing final year at University of Plymouth
– BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies final year at Camborne

Possible Careers 

– Programmer or Programme Tester
– IT Analyst
– Government Communications Headquarters Analyst
– Help Desk Support or Website Developer
– Network Administrator, Engineer or Installer
– Network Support Technician

*The content for this course is currently being reviewed and may change.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: I1I3
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Introduction To The Programme and Work Based Learning
  • Databases & Information Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction With Emerging Technologies
  • Website Development
  • Networked Communications Technologies
  • Introduction to Programming and Software Engineering

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Planning and Managing Projects for E-Business Technologies
  • Project
  • Systems Analysis Design and Implementation
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • IT Management & Security

Computer Networking Pathway

  • Local & Wide Area Networks (Optional)

Software Development Pathway

  • Visual and Dynamic Programming (Optional)

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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