FdSc Computing Technologies (Software Development)

About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

West Herts College are only offering the full-time route for 2020 entry.

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.

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:

  • 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).

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


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.

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