What is this course about?

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to move onto a three year Computing Honours degree at Staffordshire University. During your time on this course you will study a range of topics including: Computer Hardware, Database Development, Programming, Introductory Maths, Networking, Programming, Study Skills and Web Technologies.
Start: Mon 18/09/2017
Time: 13:00-16:00
Start: Mon 17/09/2018
Time: 13:00-16:00

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from a minimum of one A-Level or a BTEC National Award. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates are expected to have a good level of English and Maths, be motivated and committed to the course. An initial assessment for English and Maths may be required. Application to the course will require an interview with a member of the teaching staff.

How is it taught?

You will spend 15 hours per week in a taught, classroom environment. Taught sessions are made up of lectures, tutorials and practical activities. You will also be expected to work independently off-campus in your own time on exercises and activities as set by your tutor. The course runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Monday and 9.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday and Wednesday for 28 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework, in-class tests, practical assessments and examinations. You will be required to complete portfolios of work, presentations and working system implementations.

What else do I need to know?

Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience. Financial support, including HE Loans may be available towards the cost of this course and other expenses depending upon your personal circumstances. For more information please see http://www.stokecollege.ac.uk/hefinance.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to progress onto the first year of a three-year computing Honours degree at Staffordshire University. To work in modern IT environments you require an increasing array of skills and knowledge of technologies, methodologies and practices. This course will help you to identify these and allow you to expand and develop your current practices.
Course Code


  • Mon 18/09/201728 weeks
  • Mon 17/09/201828 weeks



£5,800.00 *

Fee: £5,800.00

Fee Code: H

These are higher education qualifications, and no fee remission is available. However, most students will be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company, and may also be eligible for a maintenance loan and possibly a maintenance grant, depending on your circumstances. For more information visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.

* Please note that fees shown are for 1 year only. If course is longer than 1 year/38 weeks, then additional fees will apply.