FdSc Computing with Networking

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 5
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£9000 per year
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This programme recognises the massive growth in networks and connectivity driven by the popularity of the internet, in addition to the software systems that run on these networks. It focuses on the demand for IT professionals who can specify, design and implement network infrastructure as well as implement, manage, support and troubleshoot applications.

Throughout this programme you will develop a broad knowledge of computing, in addition to developing your networking skills using our state-of-the-art Cisco equipment, programming skills, systems analysis and design techniques and database skills using industry standard database software.

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Take a tour around our Computing & IT facilities

Your creative approach to computing will be enhanced with resources like Raspberry Pi units and Lego Mindstorm.


Techy Tea Party 2

Techy tea party

Students were invited to help Cestria Community Housing residents use technology and gadgets.

HE Computing 2

Gadgets Galore

A group of IT students travelled to Birmingham’s NEC to visit the Gadget Show Live. 


This programme aims to allow you to develop strong networking skills throughout the duration of the two year programme, using state of the art CISCO equipment. This will be combined with the development of programming skills and systems analysis and design techniques. You will use industry standard database software at Level 5, to develop your database skills. This is essential for storing, handling and manipulating data.


Level 4
  • Personal Professional Development 1 – you will develop your skills to become successful in higher education and effective at work.
  • Work Related Learning 1 - become confident in your understanding of current legal standards, regulations and ethical standards relevant to the computing and IT sector.
  • Introduction to Networks - introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. This module incorporates CCNA 1.
  • Object Oriented Programming - introduces a high level programming language and key aspects of structured programming.
  • Routing and Switching - introduces the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. This module incorporates CCNA 2.
  • Database Design and Development - you will design, build and use a relational database for storing and retrieving data.

Level 5
You must choose one of the modules below:
  • Personal Professional Development 2 - devise a security policy for an organisation and ensure that it meets regulatory body requirements, meets legislation and ensures that any risks to an organisation’s data and information are minimised.
  • Innovation, Idea Generation & Enterprise - develop your innovation, idea generation and enterprise skills and knowledge to enable you to become an innovative thinker and achiever.

Core modules:
  • Work Related Learning 2 - investigate risk assessment methodologies, looking at vulnerabilities in organisation’s security management systems.
  • Scaling Networks - introduces the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. This module incorporates CCNA 3.
  • Advanced Database Concepts - introduces security strategies and advanced coding.
  • Connecting Networks - covers WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network.
  • Software Development Methods - Introduces a range of SDLC methods.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


9am-5pm (Level 4)
9am-5pm (Level 4)
9am-5pm (Level 5)
9am-5pm (Level 5)
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

We are fully committed to making sure you get the very best out of your time with us. You will engage in the following:
  • Lectures - for the introduction of relevant theories/knowledge of the individual topic areas within a subject.
  • Workshops/seminars - for developing an understanding of the theories from the lectures through the use of case studies, role-plays and exercises. Please note that each of the Cisco (CCNA) modules have online exams.
  • Academic tutorials - to develop study/academic skills, for example, research/information gathering. The development of these study/academic skills will assist in your learning throughout the programme.
  • Course assessment is comprised of 10% exams and 90% coursework.

A range of assessment methods are used across both Level 4 and Level 5, including:
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Time constrained tests
  • Reflective journals
  • Presentations
  • Work related projects
  • Assessment of practical skills, Assignment
  • Preparation of portfolios of evidence.

Maths and English

If you do not hold GCSE or Level 2 maths and English, you will work towards Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English Language alongside the main study programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

The department’s key industrial link is with Karbon Housing (part of the Isos Group). We have worked closely with them on many projects over the years, including student placements and technical support events for people in the local community. Students have partnered with Karbon Housing whilst completing their Online Owls and Techy Tea Party projects.
Others links include:
  • Amplience
  • British Telecom
  • Durham County Council
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HMRC
  • Business Durham
  • Geek Talent
  • Leighton Group
  • British Airways
  • Sage
  • Sagazza
  • ZPG.


A work placement is a fundamental expectation of this foundation degree programme. You will be expected to source work experience which provides you with an opportunity to stretch your knowledge, understanding and practical skills beyond what you have learned in your modules.
This will be a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your positive attitude, ability to use initiative and independent learning skills to future employers.

You could progress to the one year BSc (Hons) Computing with Networking programme at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

What else?

This programme incorporates Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) syllabus recognised by employers worldwide.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

You will be required to contribute to trips and visits. We also recommend that students buy texts to support learning, a reading list will be provided at interview.

International opportunities may be offered as part of your course, including opportunities to engage in a BusIT Week. This involves working with a small group of peers on a project over the course of a week, a number of projects are available throughout Europe, China, India and South Africa.

There are opportunities to complete a work placement in Malta during the summer between year 1 and year 2.

Interview Instructions

The process for interview is as follows:
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype) – please bring all relevant qualifications and a printed copy of your personal statement.
  • This is an opportunity for the curriculum team to learn about your motivation for the course and career aspirations - an opportunity for applicants to ask questions will be provided.
  • A tour of the facilities will be available.

Further Education

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
Standard entry criteria:
  • Ideally, you will hold four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent). If you do not hold these qualifications, you will be required to commit to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme.
  • International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band.
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via Skype).
  • You will hold 48 UCAS points or a combination of qualifications that show you can be successful on this programme.
  • You must provide a personal statement.
  • Your standard of academic writing will be assessed at induction.

Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrates you can be successful on this programme.
  • A personal statement.
  • You will be required to attend an interview with two members of the curriculum team.
  • You will participate in induction activities to assess your standard of academic writing in English.
  • You will complete basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish your level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced).
  • If you do not hold the required qualifications in maths and English, you must commit to studying GCSE maths and English alongside the programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

Part-time entry criteria:
In addition to a student being required to satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements of the course, part-time students must be employed in a relevant computing related post which provides them with the opportunity to develop and complete the requirements of the following:
  • Personal Professional Development 1
  • Innovation, Idea Generation and Enterprise
  • Work Related Learning; modules 1 and 2.