Course Overview

Computing and Information Systems is a versatile course, aiming to give you a strong grounding in the technical, theoretical and organisational skills that it takes to be successful in the competitive Computing industry. Modules focused on computer security, mobile application development and the mathematical side of computing are designed to give you a broad overview of the sector, before you consequently specialise in your preferred area during your final semester.

Your training on the practical aspect of the course will be substantiated by theoretical work, which will aid your understanding and allow you to progress more effectively. In addition, group work and personal mentoring will provide you with the opportunity to develop your organisation and time-management skills, attributes which are key to success in the computer industry. 

Course Structure

At level 4, you will begin to acquire the technical and academic skills that will set you up for further study and employment. In addition to being introduced to the theories that underpin the development of computer information systems and integrated applications, you will be technically trained in order to establish a balanced grounding for further study.

During level 5, your studies will be focused on analysing and designing information systems, as well as implementing solutions, using problem-solving techniques.You will also participate in a group project, in order to attain skills in project management, organisation and time-keeping, which will be essential for your final level of study.

Upon reaching level 6, you will develop the skills you have already acquired to an advanced level, whilst critically analysing your work through research. You will also consider the role of information systems in businesses and employability skills. The final level of the course culminates in the production of a Final Year Project, which will be a product of your individual technical and academic skills.

Modules Covered

Level 4 modules will include:

  • Integrated Applications Development
  • Programming Concepts
  • Website Design
  • Maths for Computing
  • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security
  • Introduction to Academic Studies

Level 5 modules will include:

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Database Systems
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Information Systems Security
  • Project Management for IT

Level 6 modules will include:

  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Enterprise Systems
  • IT Consultancy Practice
  • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates
  • Final Year Project

Learning Methods

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

Teaching Methods

Concepts and theories that are presented through lectures are then explored and developed during tutor led tutorials and student led seminars. Case studies and interactive Workshops are also implemented to aid learning, and there is a strong focus on Personal Development Planning, which aims to prepare you for employment and consider ethical, social and legal issues which can face the computer professional.

Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.


Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

What's Next?

The versatility of the course means that graduates can consider a number of career pathways in the information services sector, which include Web Developers, System Programmers, Business Analysts and Knowledge engineers.

Additional Costs

There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies – but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

Entry Requirements

72 UCAS tariff points with GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent.

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Applications are welcomed and encouraged from those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level.

Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience.

Information, Advice and Support

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Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
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Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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