Computing - FdSc (Online Learning)

Start Date: 03/09/2018

Duration: 2 Years

Venue: Distance Learning

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Start Date: For further information, please call 0191 226 6313 or email

Duration: 2 Years

Venue: Distance Learning

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Our FdSc in Computing is a unique programme which offers you the chance to achieve not only a Foundation Degree in Computing but also a range of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) professional qualifications

This 2 year (240 credit) FdSc Programme is delivered through flexible on-line learning, activities, resources & assessments to enable you to successfully complete your course.

NCG on-line also enables you and your tutors to actively take part in real time conversations, listen to and view recorded lectures and take part in live question and answer sessions.

You will be supported throughout your learner journey by a dedicated Personnel On-Line Lecturer and will have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students.

You will not need to travel to attend any classes; studying is carried out entirely on-line and your programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments. Whilst it is not an essential requirement of our on-line courses, we do include 3 residential events per year.

This course is aimed at individuals who wish to obtain a professionally relevant degree which also includes professional IT qualifications, it is also ideal for those learners who don’t want to attend regular classes or give up their current job to go back to College or University.

The course is also an ideal opportunity for individuals who are currently working in IT/Computing related roles but who wish to seek a qualification and accreditation for the work they already do.

For further details either:

Tel: 0191 2266313



Foundation Degree (FdSc) Computing, MTA – IT Infrastructure (if you choose to register and take and subsequently pass the MTA examination)

MTA – Computer Science (if you choose to register and take and subsequently pass the MTA examination)


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 226 6313 and they will talk you through your application.


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NCG Direct
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1st Floor
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Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call : 0191 226 6313 and we will send you an application form.

Term 1 (Year 1)

  • Databases (364)
  • Software Development Fundamentals (361)

Term 2 (Year 1)

  • Networking Fundamentals (366)
  • Project Management - PRINCE2

Term 3 (Year 1)

  • Work Based Learning Project 1
  • Personal Development Academic Study Skills

Term 4 (Year 2)

  • Web Development fundamentals (363)
  • HTML 5 App Development (375)

Term 5 (Year 2)

  • ITIL Service Management
  • Security (367)

Term 6 (Year 2)

  • Work Based Learning Project 1
  • Professional Development
  • A Personal On-line Tutor who will guide and support you through your studies
  • Learner view is where you can access your course site, set targets, view tutor notes and access assessments grades.
  • You will have access to an NCG On-line Course site which will contain all the necessary learning materials, tools, support and information required to enable you to successively complete your course.

Your NCG on-line course will include:

  • Interactive e-learning content
  • Study Plans
  • Topic Resource and Activity Book
  • Video Tutorials
  • E-learning content
  • Formative assessments
  • Activities and case studies
  • Online quizzes
  • Wikis


You will be assessed using a range of methods including:

  • Written assignments,
  • Examinations,
  • Business reports,
  • E-portfolios.
  • Case studies,
  • Discussion board contributions,
  • In-tray exercises,
  • Annotated journal reports,
  • Online multi-choice tests
  • Work based projects
  • Negotiated Learning Contracts

On completion of your course learners will be given support, information and guidance on progression routes onto BSc (hons) top up courses and other vocational/academic courses.

The named progression route for the FdSc Computing is the NCG BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

An FdSc in Computing can lead into a career in any of the following areas:

Database Developer | Software Developer | IT Systems Administrator | Front End Applications Developer | IT Security | CMS Applications Developer

The E-Skills strategic plan 2009 – 2014 identifies that the UK needs more than 141,000 new IT professionals a year, filling increasingly complex, high value-added roles.

There will be demand for 19% of these recruits to come directly from education (mainly graduate level or higher).Graduates of technology related degrees are an important source of recruits for the sector; 55% of new graduates entering IT professional careers have studied Computing at university.

The Technology Insights 2012 report commissioned by E-skills goes on to predict that the demand for IT and telecoms workers through to 2020 is set to be greatest for jobs in high skill areas. This includes jobs like software professionals, ICT managers, and IT strategy and planning professionals.

The role of software professionals in particular is set to grow at a rate of nearly two and a half times that of the UK average.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • A full A-Level Qualification
  • Level 3 (QCF) BTEC National Diploma in an ICT related subject area
  • Relevant previous work experience
  • If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.


£ 4,500.00 per year (2 years)

Additional Fees

NCG Direct will pay for the registration and membership fees for MTA please be aware, that it is the responsibility of the learners to pay for the Prince2® Foundation qualification.

These additional costs are:

Prince2®: £100 Foundation (this can be made payable to NCG Direct)

For further information please contact NCG Direct on 0191 2266313

Additional Information
Funding Opportunities: All NCG Direct FdA’s can be funded by a Student Loan for more information please visit the student loan Website: or Alternatively your course can be funded by your employer. If you’re self-funding we offer a system of 7 equal installments (per year)
Alternatively your course can be funded by your employer, if you’re self-funding, we offer a system of installments. The course is also eligible for part funding from the National Scholarship Programme (Strict eligibility criteria applies) see our website for further

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