Applied Computing - FdSc (Part-Time)

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

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Part-Time


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:

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

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 part-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.

How to Apply


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

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

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

You will learn through a variety of different methods including:

  • Written Practical Assignments
  • Work-Based Project
  • Presentations
  • Vivas
  • Peer Work
  • Independent Study


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

If you complete the Foundation Degree in Applied Computing to an appropriate standard and would like to continue with your studies, you will be offered the opportunity to complete your education to BSc (Hons) level at the college or alternatively at another institution.

We currently offer the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing, to top-up the Foundation Degree to honours degree, with a range of optional modules to specialise in your chosen area.

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

Normally at least 18 years old with qualifications equivalent to a minimum of 160 UCAS points from relevant Level 3 BTEC qualifications, GNVQ Advanced/ NVQs at level 3, or GCE ‘A’ Levels/ Scottish Highers.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is normally required for most courses.

Applicants over 21 with none of the above but with the appropriate occupational experience may be accepted.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

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

Please note that if you have previously studied at level four / five (foundation degree / Hons degree) you may not be able to gain access to government funding (tuition fee loans / student loans) to study again at this level. For further information please contact student services.

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.