Foundation Degree (FdSc) Computing (Networking)

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Computing, Digital Technologies and Games Development
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 2 years OR Part-time: 4 years. Also available on a modular basis.

  • UCAS Codes:
  • Awarding Body:
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual:


Course Description

Would you like a challenging career working with computer networks?

Computers and the internet are an integral part of everyday life and business. There is a growing demand for skilled professionals to build and maintain the networks that we all rely on.

This course prepares you to become one of those specialists by embedding the popular Cisco CCNA® curriculum.

This course is suitable if you have studied at Level 3 or equivalent (preferably in Computing).

As well as an in-depth knowledge of computer networking, the course includes a wide range of other computing skills such as programming, databases and project management.

As well as these specialist computing skills, you will also develop vital employability skills such as team-working, self-management, business awareness and problem solving which are vital in today’s fast-moving environment.

Throughout the course you will benefit from an outstanding learning environment, with state-of-the-art technology, open access computer facilities and excellent tutor support.

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.


Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

You will need a home computer or laptop and a reliable internet service.

Start date


Entry Criteria

Academic requirements:

  • a minimum of 72 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, usually gaining a pass in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; or NVQ Level 3; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy, grade C/4 or above, or Key/Essential Skill equivalent level. For applicants without these qualifications, evidence of numeracy skills at a suitable level to meet the demands of the programme successfully, will need to be demonstrated.
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLLM regulations and policies.

Entry onto Level 5 will be considered individually in line with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s admissions policies.

All places may be subject to a satisfactory interview.

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


You will learn through a blend of the following:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Practical workshops
  • Group discussions / activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Learning is participative, informal and full of opportunities for individual exploration and creativity. Industrial placement may also form part of the course.

Students are responsible for organising their own work experience if it is a requirement on their programme, and they will be supported by the course team.


  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 days per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)


For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Mark Roberts (Programme Leader):

David Clarke (Administration):

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact:


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and theoretical assignments
  • Time-constrained assessments
  • Reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Project work
  • Portfolios
  • Work-based assessment
  • Group/team-based assignments
  • Log books and reflective work


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


Our Computing graduates have progressed onto employment in a wide range of organisations such as the public sector, education and businesses who all need multi-skilled individuals to maintain and manage their IT infrastructure. Others have started their own businesses.

There is also the option of continuing your studies up to BSc Honours. This can be done full-time or part-time to combine work and study.

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

This course combines general computing skills with specialist modules focussing on computer network design, configuration and management.

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact 70% independent student learning.

This combination of modules leads to the Foundation Degree (FdSc) Computing (Networking).

A separate Foundation Degree specialising in Software Development is also available.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Computer Systems (10 credits, compulsory):

Modern computer systems take many forms and are used in every environment; work, leisure, home. This module will provide an essential understanding of all the hardware and software components that make a computer system work. (Portfolio 60% / Time-constrained assessment 40%)

Database Design and Management (20 credits, compulsory):

This module will provide the learners with the skills required to design, create and maintain a relational database. The skills gained will then help the learners to enter a commercially operated database environment and to administer the system to the requirements of the industry. (Report 20% / Practical work 40% / Time-constrained assessment 40%)

Employment in the Computing Industry (20 credits, core):

This module aims to develop the knowledge of learners about the requirements of working in the computing industry. It will develop their knowledge of different working models along with developing skills relating to finding employment opportunities within the sector. (Reports 80% / Reflection 20%)

Introduction to Networks (20 credits, core):

This module uses the “Introduction to Networks” section of the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching course to introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. (Report 30% / Time-constrained assessment 40% / Practical work 30%)

Introduction to Programming (20 credits, compulsory):

This module will introduce learners to the fundamental concepts used in the development of computer programs using an appropriate development language for example Java, Python or Visual Basic. The learners will gain an understanding of the process of program creation from examination of an initial problem through to designing and developing a final solution. (Practical work 100%)

Local Area Network Essentials (20 credits, core):

This module predominantly uses the “Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials” section of the Cisco CCNA course and focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. (Report 30% / Time-constrained assessment 40% / Practical work 30%)

Operating System Fundamentals (10 credits, compulsory):

This module looks at the features and functions of Microsoft Windows and Linux which are two very popular operating systems and provides a practical as well as theory based learning experience to how operating systems support businesses is their day to day operations. (Report 40% / Practical work 60%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Advanced Operating Systems (10 credits, compulsory):

This module investigates advanced operating system features of Microsoft and Linux operating systems. High numbers of features are commonly taken for granted and work seamlessly most of the time, but when problems occur knowing which tools to use and specific areas to look at can ensure a system is recovered quickly. (Report 50% / Portfolio 50%)

Computing Industry Research Project (20 credits, compulsory):

The module aims to enable students to apply a range of research skills appropriate to study of Computing. Through a micro-dissertation, the module will prepare them for either further studies at Level 6 or career related research. (Report 90% / Presentation 10%)

Cybersecurity and Future Technologies (20 credits, compulsory):

This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of how security and ethical considerations need to be applied in the introduction and exploitation of computer technologies. It will address legal requirements and examine computing and security standards. (Report 70% / Presentation 30%)

Employability Project (20 credits, compulsory):

This module allows learners to apply skills and knowledge from their Level 4 studies to a suitable work placement or project (or simulation). (Report 10% / Practical work 70% / Reflection 20%)

Enterprise Networking and Security (20 credits, core):

This module predominantly uses the “Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation” section of the Cisco CCNA course and covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. (Report 30% / Time-constrained assessment 40% / Practical work 30%)

Network Security (20 credits, compulsory):

With most organisations now heavily dependent on information technology, the impact of any interruption of or damage to data or systems whether caused accidentally or maliciously is likely to be considerable. Through a mix of practical exercises, group discussion and research, students investigate the wide range of factors which must be taken into account when attempting to assure network and data security. (Report 60% / Portfolio 40%)

Project Management for Computing Professionals (10 credits, compulsory):

This module will introduce learners to the main concepts behind project management. The learners will examine the main project management methodologies used in current business practice. The module will also allow learners to understand the requirements of practical project management in terms of the main stages through which a typical project will progress. (Report 40% / Case study 60%)

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