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Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice: Networking pathway

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This foundation degree is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll start your Stage 1 studies with My digital life (TU100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,TU100,,1 (60 credits), which gives you hands-on experience of designing, building and programming the small, ubiquitous computers that will become increasingly common over the next decade. You’ll also learn about the profound technological, economic, political and ethical changes brought about by information technology that will affect every one of us.

You’ll then choose one of four 30-credit modules:

  • Technologies in practice (TM129)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,TM129,,1
  • Accreditation of Certificated Practitioners 1 (MT127)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,MT127,,1
  • Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,MU123,,1
  • Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,MST124,,1.

Depending on your choice, you’ll get a sound grounding in the fundamentals of computer networks and server technologies, gain credit for previous practice-based qualifications that you already hold, have the opportunity to sample some key technologies to help inform your future study and career choices, or develop mathematical knowledge and skills to underpin further study and enhance your employability.

You’ll complete this stage with Career development and employability (T122)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,T122,,1 (30 credits) – studying in the context of your workplace. This module develops your ability to apply your learning to improve your practice at work – whatever your chosen career.

Stage 2

At Stage 2, you’ll continue to use the context of your workplace to develop further your understanding of the factors that drive organisational change and the resulting consequences with the module Change, strategy and projects at work (T227)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,T227,,1.

Specialising in networking, with Cisco networking (CCNA) (T216)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X15-4,module,T216,,1 (60 credits), you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to configure a LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment (which should also leave you well prepared for the industry standard CCNA examination). You’ll gain hands-on practical experience of configuring networks at four compulsory day schools.

You’ll be able to complement your specialism with an additional option exploring programming, web development, or project and service management – or you may be able to gain further credits for practice-based qualifications you’ve gained through your work.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to 12 years. 

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