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Undergraduate study

Course overview

Computing specialists are vital to the provision, operation, development and management of computer systems. During this course, you will gain the skills to take an innovative approach to computing in the digital age.

Computing skills are central to all businesses who use networks, web sites, programming languages and database systems for integrated business systems. You will focus on a range of leading edge computing subjects that will give you a competitive edge in your computing career.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College (campus code 1, call 01325 503030).

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Introduction to Procedural Programming

Networking Concepts and Cybersecurity

Web and Mobile Development

You develop responsive websites utilising an appropriate mark-up and style sheet language (HTML5 and CSS3), and are introduced to a web development lifecycle. You learn how web-based analysis and design techniques can be used early in the lifecycle and how project management and quality assurance/quality control techniques can be applied throughout the web cycle. You are introduced to a website development toolkit and to testing, including the concepts of usability and accessibility.

Work-based Project 1 - Implementation

Work-based Project 1 - Planning and Designing


Year 2 core modules

Information Technology Project

Networking Architectures

Networks and Server Administration

Object-oriented Programming with Java

Relational and NoSQL Databases

You will develop your ability to design and implement database applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development life cycle, and you will develop a server database application from inception to implementation for a real world scenario.

The module will investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations will be undertaken in a number of areas including data modelling, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Learning will be classroom based with significant practical elements. A variety of lectures, electronic resources, group work, presentations and a small scale independent research study will be conducted.

Subjects will be explored in-depth in tutor or student-led lab tasks, and contributions to forum discussions further develop your understanding of the subject material, cognitive and intellectual skills.

How you are assessed

Assessment and feedback include a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations and the creation of a practically assessed product. Also:

  • formative assessment – structured formally throughout individual modules in the form of 1-1 tutorials
  • summative assessment
  • in-course assessment

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points but the entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • A Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a subject area relevant to computing (for example, BTEC National in Information Technology, A-level ICT or Computing or a Level 3 Apprenticeship – IT Application Specialist, IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Apprenticeship).
  • Substantial experience of working or volunteering in the computing sector related to the course may provide evidence of prior learning. This will be processed through a diagnostic assessment, credited and taken into account.

    Because this course is taught at Darlington College, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

    For additional information please see our entry requirements

    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
    Find out more about RPL



Work placement

Part-time students must be working in the computing sector as a software development or networking practitioner.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates can expect to enjoy careers in IT specialisms including network management, web development, programming, database development, user support and technical support.



Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

More details about our fees

What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: I129 FdSc/Comp
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 40-48 points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS



  • Not available part-time

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