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Programme Description

Applied Computing covers a wide range of computing topics whilst still delivering the core essential computing modules. It is designed to give the student the most flexibility in choosing modules that meet their own personal goals. This approach gives students greater opportunity to develop skills most closely aligned to their own industrial experience and needs.

The enormous growth of the Internet, the proliferation of computer networks, programmable devices and information systems in various forms, and the highly accelerated rate of change ensures a continuing requirement for employees with contemporary computing related skills and qualifications.

The Internet, in particular, is a major technological revolution that is having and will continue to have an enormous impact in society. The radical, transformational change that has been observed in the arena of computing, and organisations’ dependence on technology for competitive advantage are compelling reasons to incorporate new ideas, paradigms and technologies into computing related programmes.

The expertise and skills you develop over the programme of study are highly regarded by employers.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  2 year(s)

  Graig Campus

Programme Features

Programme Features: 

• Locally delivered programme of study which covers all general aspects of computing relevant to all organisations

• Good staff/student ratios which ensure frequent contact and support from tutors

• Developing a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level.

• A specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards.

• Providing opportunities for part-time learners to gain a HNC/HND or to enter employment.

• Provides specialist studies relevant to vocations and professions in which learners are working or intend to seek employment within related industries.


Programme Content

  • Academic and Employability Skills (20 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Internet Technology and Security (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Progression & Employment

Students can top-up to the HND/BSc in Applied Computing, also there will be an opportunity to progress further at Masters Level.

Students who successfully complete the course can seek employment in a wide range of fields in both the public and private sectors. Former students have taken up careers in web design, programming, systems analysis, network management, teaching/lecturing or consultancy.


Method of Assessment

The course is assessed by assignments and examinations.

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS tariff points 

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Additional Costs

There is no additional fee, however, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for personal equipment and for course related excursions.