Course Information

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Computing (HLA)

Ulster University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 15 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 11
Total Hours: 330
Places Available: 20
Course Coordinator:


This course is designed around the computing requirements of local industry. Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding and design skills to formulate solutions to computing problems and the practical skills to implement those solutions. Additionally, ‘soft’ skills will be developed in teamwork, communications, professional practice and time management.

Additional Information

Applicants need to be in computing employment on entry to course.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Core Modules

  • Computer Technologies
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Programming in Python and Java
  • Programming Mobile Applications for Android
  • Database Systems Design and Application
  • Software Systems, Emerging Technologies
  • Interactive Web Authoring, Network Database Management Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Server Management and Work-based Learning.
  • The Work-based learning requires learners to complete an industrial placement of 400 hours.

    Optional Modules

    Dungannon (Options Available)

  • Year 2 Semester 1
  • Network Database Management Systems or Software Testing Year 2 Semester 2 Programming Mobile Devices or Technician Skills

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is by the use of coursework assignments with some module examinations throughout the duration of the course.

    Progression Opportunities

    The articulation route for successful graduates from the South West College Foundation Degree in Science in Computing is as follows and depends on the overall grade achieved:

  • Ulster University BSc Hons Computing Science (Full-Time / Jordanstown)
  • Ulster University BSc Hons Computing Systems (Part-Time / Jordanstown)
  • Ulster University BSc Hons Computer Science (Full-Time: Part-Time / Magee). You may also progress to other universities to complete your degree.
  • Career Opportunities

  • Software Engineering
  • Web Developer
  • App Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Security Specialist
  • Analyst
  • Technician/Systems Administrator
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 56 UCAS points, with grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths. Entry is also subject to successful interview. Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL). Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics is required. In the event of over-subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.