If you are a passionate learner in Computing and information technology, considering a career in IT, or interested in furthering your knowledge about networking, web development or programming, the ITSA course is the right step in your your journey from an enthusiastic learner into a professional IT developer.
Learn about IT infrastructure, networking technologies, web scripting, software development and explore areas such as cyber security, cloud computing, eBusiness with hands-on practical work, to equip you with the cutting-edge employability skills.
The Foundation Degree in IT Systems and Applications is for individuals who may be preparing for a new career in information technology or already working in IT and wanting to upgrade their skills and knowledge. The aim of the Foundation Degree is to produce graduates who can keep up with technological advances and use their industry awareness and problem solving skills to meet the needs of local businesses.
The FdA IT Systems and Applications course will provide a broad basis of knowledge and skills in IT, enabling students to develop software and design and maintain computer systems. There will be significant coverage of areas which are increasingly in demand such as cloud computing and security, and students will be equipped with knowledge and skills that will enable them to solve the sort of technology problems faced by any small or medium-sized business. Security, legal and ethical issues will be covered from multiple angles in each year of the programme. Industry qualifications such as Microsoft Server qualifications and ITIL will run alongside the modules where appropriate as a method of ensuring industry relevance and to provide added value to the course.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Normally 32 UCAS points* plus 4 GCSEs at grade C minimum, to include maths and English or at least one A Level or Level 3 qualification i.e. Diploma, NVQ at Advanced Level or an Access to Higher Education qualification.
For mature applicants (over 21) with non-standard academic qualifications, Admission Tutors will carry out an interview and consider the applicant’s ability to succeed on the course, taking into account their past experience in relevant areas.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
An emphasis on current industry best practice processes and standards will help to ensure that graduates are ready for the workplace. Graduates will therefore be equipped with the knowledge and skills to allow them to take up posts for jobs such as IT Support Officer or Service Desk Engineer. Students successful on this course could also progress onto year 3 of the BSc (Hons) IT Systems and Applications.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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