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FdSc Business Computing


This programme has multiple in-year start dates; 10 September 2018 and 21 January 2019. 

Information technology and web-based solutions are a large part of all businesses. This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop and support web-based and commercial systems to an advanced level in website development, internet systems operations and technical website database support and the management and development of e-business operations.


The programme aims to meet the complex and organic needs of the computing and IT sector by providing appropriately trained, qualified and skilled staff with the requisite knowledge, competence and understanding of business organisation, database design & development, digital marketing and solution development. 

Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to business computing roles; digital communications, security case development and design good practice, relational database design and development, web development, digital marketing, employment; risk assessment and Governance.


You will study the following: 

  • Personal Professional Development 1 – you will develop your skills to become successful in higher education and effective at work.
  • Work Related Learning 1 - become confident in your understanding of current legal standards, regulations and ethical standards relevant to the computing and IT sector.
  • Business Information Systems - investigate the different business types and the range of systems employed to manage the functions at strategic, tactical and operational levels and explore how organisational structure can influence business operations within a variety of environments.
  • UX Design & Development - introduces the (UX) User Experience design process.
  • Digital Marketing - develop a digital marketing strategy for a given business case.
  • Database Design & Development - you will design, build and use a relational database for storing data and retrieving information.
  • Innovation, Idea Generation & Enterprise - develop your innovation, idea generation and enterprise skills and knowledge to enable you to become an innovative thinker and achiever.
  • Work Related Learning 2 - investigate risk assessment methodologies, looking at vulnerabilities in organisation’s security management systems.
  • Advanced Web Development - implement both client-side and server-side technologies to produce more technically advanced web-based solutions.
  • Advanced Database Concepts - introduces security strategies and advanced coding.
  • Mobile Application Development - develop your skills and knowledge of programming and the complete process of developing software, from the initial gathering of requirements, through the design and development of the application, documentation, testing and creation of the finished product.
  • Software Development Methods - introduces a range of SDLC methods.

Entry Criteria

Standard entry criteria: 

  • Ideally, you will hold four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent). If you do not hold these qualifications, you will be required to commit to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme.
  • International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band.
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via Skype).
  • You will hold 48 UCAS points or a combination of qualifications that show you can be successful on this programme.
  • You must provide a personal statement.
  • Your standard of academic writing will be assessed at induction.

Non-standard entry criteria: 

  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrates you can be successful on this programme.
  • A personal statement.
  • You will be required to attend an interview with two members of the curriculum team.
  • You will participate in induction activities to assess your standard of academic writing in English.
  • You will complete basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish your level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced).
  • If you do not hold the required qualifications in maths and English, you must commit to studying GCSE maths and English alongside the programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

What next after FdSc Business Computing?

You could progress to the one year BSc (Hons) Buisness Computing programme at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

FdSc Business Computing

Durham, UK
Level 4, Level 4, Level 5, Level 5, Level 5, College Higher Education, Alternative Courses/Degrees

Published on 10 Jul 2020

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