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FdSc Computing with Networking


This programme recognises the massive growth in networks and connectivity driven by the popularity of the internet, in addition to the software systems that run on these networks. It focuses on the demand for IT professionals who can specify, design and implement network infrastructure as well as implement, manage, support and troubleshoot applications. 

Throughout this programme you will develop a broad knowledge of computing, in addition to developing your networking skills using our state-of-the-art Cisco equipment, programming skills, systems analysis and design techniques and database skills using industry standard database software.


This programme aims to allow you to develop strong networking skills throughout the duration of the two year programme, using state of the art CISCO equipment. This will be combined with the development of programming skills and systems analysis and design techniques. You will use industry standard database software at Level 5, to develop your database skills. This is essential for storing, handling and manipulating data.


  • 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.
  • Introduction to Networks - introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. This module incorporates CCNA 1.
  • Object Oriented Programming - introduces a high level programming language and key aspects of structured programming.
  • Routing and Switching - introduces the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. This module incorporates CCNA 2.
  • Database Design and Development - you will design, build and use a relational database for storing data and retrieving information.
  • Personal Professional Development 2 (Security Case Development) - devise a security policy for an organisation and ensure that it meets regulatory body requirements, meets legislation and ensures that any risks to an organisation’s data and information are minimised.
  • 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 (Risk assessment) - investigate risk assessment methodologies, looking at vulnerabilities in organisation’s security management systems.
  • Scaling Networks - introduces the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. This module incorporates CCNA 3.
  • Advanced Database Concepts - introduces security strategies and advanced coding.
  • Connecting Networks - covers WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. This module incorporates CCNA 4.
  • Software Development Methods - Introduces a range of SDLC methods.

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points: 48

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 Computing with Networking?

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

FdSc Computing with Networking

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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