Applied Computing - FdSc (Full-Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  G400


This course is suited to those that have an interest in the field of computing, and allows you to specialise in more than one discipline. This course will prepare you for the challenges and developments in the computing industry. There is a significant demand for skilled individuals
within the computing industry and this course aims to prepare you for employment.

Whilst on this course you will study a range of programming, network and general computing modules and are encouraged to register as a member of the British Computer Society (BCS).

This course runs on the following dates:

If you would like to apply for this course starting in January 2018 you can complete the application form.

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
This Applied Computing program will give you student membership of the BCS (British Computer Society, allowing you to participate in a full program of CPD and events here in Newcastle.
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Who the course is for

This course is designed for Higher Education applicants wishing to enter computing employment or progress to an Honours Degree programme.

This is a two year full-time course which will prepare you for the challenges and developments in the computing industry.

There is a significant demand for people who can design, develop, implement and manage networked environments, develop websites and software applications, design and develop database applications, and create interactive multimedia based applications, therefore the course has been developed in consultation with key computing contacts throughout the region so you’ll get relevant, career-focussed training in a good range of computing areas.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Applied Computing by NCG.

"I decided to continue my study by enrolling for the Bsc Degree in Applied Computing, this course was a great avenue to successfully continue on my desired career path."

Keith Marek
FdSc Applied Computing (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Associate Software Engineer - £18,000-£24,000

Middle Level Role

Software Engineer - £25,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Software Engineer - £45,000-£65,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

The course covers a range of specialist subjects to provide you with a multi-disciplined approach to computing. Types of subjects you will cover include:

Year One

  • Personal Development / Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Work Related Learning 
  • Database Design and Development
  • Website Fundamentals or Networking & Computer Systems or Fundamentals of Games Programming
  • Introduction to iPhone Development or Server Administration and Compliancy
  • Introduction to Dynamic Web Applications.

Year Two

  • Professional Development
  • Work Based Learning
  • Training and Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Disaster Recovery Management
  • Web and Information Security

Professional placements

You will benefit from our excellent employer links. You are encouraged to undertake work placements and manage live projects for prestigious companies. This will give you first-hand knowledge and expertise that will help you to gain employment in the career of your choice.

Learning Methods

Learning Methods
You will learn through a variety of different methods including:
•Written practical assignments
•Work-Based project
•Peer work
•Independent study.

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including; essay writing, exam techniques, presentation skills, editing & web skills and research skills.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including:

  • In Course Technical Reports
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Peer Assessment
  • Work-Based Projects
  • Time-Constrained Assessments

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through one of our one-year BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-Up) degrees.
It may also be possible to secure employment / higher apprenticeship opportunities within a range of related industries.

Career Opportunities

We have excellent contacts with a range of companies many of whom have contributed to the development of the course. This means that not only can you be assured your course is valued by employers, but that you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own links with companies.

This will improve your employment prospects when you finish the course. On completions students will either look to pursue a career in web programming, systems design, network management or continue on to the top-up award BSc (Hons) Applied Computing.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
• Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

They are no additional course cost requirements to successfully complete, however we would recommend that you purchase an external hard drive for storage.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.