About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

The Foundation degree in Computing technologies (Software Development) will give you an excellent grounding in computing while allowing you to specialise in aspects relating specifically to software development.

In year one you will develop your knowledge of programming, computer systems architecture, databases and data analysis, networks, wireless and systems analysis.

In your second year you will continue to study a mixture of modules focusing on aspects of computing as well as modules specialising in software development.

Once you have completed your foundation degree you may be eligible to progress on to a BA (Hons) top-up year at the University of Hertfordshire, subject to obtaining appropriate grades in your foundation studies.

Take a look at the course booklet to find out more.

Progression to the University’s Degree Programmes:

There is a formal articulation arrangement in place for this programme, such that students are given progression to the second (level 5) or final year (level 6) of an appropriate BSc Honours programme, normally the BSc in IT or BSc in Computer Science, depending on the overall marks obtained following the second year of study. A 50% overall mark will allow a progression onto the third year of the BSc Honours programme.

Students expressing the preference early in level 5 of the foundation degree are also able to enter the sandwich placement year or Year Abroad, of the BSc Honours programme.  This is subject to successfully obtaining an approved placement of the appropriate duration.

Students who enter level 5 of the BSc programme are able to progress onto any of the awards as described below:

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Networks)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Engineering)

All of the above listed awards are available as a sandwich award or a year abroad award

Students who enter level 6 of the BSc programme are able to progress onto the awards listed below:

FdSc Computing Technologies (Software Development)

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Students entering at level 6 also have the option of joining the sandwich placement year or Year Abroad elements of the BSc Computer Science (and all the awards listed above, subject to successfully obtaining an approved placement or year abroad of the appropriate duration

In addition, all students can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computer Science (delivered online).

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 FdSc Computing Technologies (Software Development)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Foundation Degree in Computing Technologies

Why choose this course?

  • Develop a broad knowledge of computing relevant to the needs of a wide range of organisations
  • Benefit from a varied programme of work based learning and vocational study
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study
  • progression routes to appropriate degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire

Course details


When you have completed your Foundation degree you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. Alternatively, you will be prepared for a career developing, engineering and producing software. This could be within a software specialist or within any organisation that develops and maintains in-house software.


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £6165 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £770 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

Standard entry requirements

48 UCAS points 

IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications please visit UCAS

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 2 Years
  • Part Time, 2 Years


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15/09/202023/05/20212West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)
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15/09/202030/09/20211North Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)
15/09/202030/09/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Part Time)