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					        COMPUTING – Honours Degree (Initial Foundation Year)
Is this the right course for me?
    This course is part of a four-year computing degree programme run in conjunction with
    the University of East Anglia (UEA). The first (foundation) year is offered at Lowestoft
    from where you will progress to UEA for the remaining three years. You will be
    registered as a UEA student for all four years. Following your year at Lowestoft you can
    apply to transfer to any of the various degree programmes offered by the UEA School of
    Computing Sciences. It is also possible to progress onto another course at another
    University.

    This course is suitable for people with very little computing background who may be
    wishing to look for a career change or to retrain. It is suitable for mature students and
    adult returners. It is also suitable for students who have completed level 3 courses in
    subjects that will not enable entry straight into a degree course. Students who have done
    an AVCE will also find this course helpful in meeting University entrance criteria.
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What will I need to join the course?
Level 3 study.
GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C
If not you will need to resit these during the Foundation Year.

Mature students (those over 21) need not possess the entry criteria.


What will I be doing?
    The foundation year is made up of six compulsory modules covering all aspects of
    computing, information technology, study skills, mathematics and electronics. The six
    modules covered on the course are:
    1      Introductory Computing I
    This is a level 0 unit designed to give students a practical introduction to computing science
    and an appreciation of the underlying technology. Topics studied include: Computers and
    society, internet technologies, computer systems architecture and digital technology. Much
    of the course is laboratory based and assessed by coursework assignments.

    2      Introductory Computing II
    This is a level 0 unit, following on from Computing I, designed to allow students to continue
    their study of computing science in their first year. The course focuses on topics that are
    central to the study of computer science: systems design; systems analysis and high-level
    language programming. A significant segment of the course involves learning a procedural
    high-level programming language. Much of the course is laboratory based and assessed by
    coursework assignments with an end of unit examination.

    3      Mathematics
    This is a level 0 unit designed to bring students up to A-level standard in order that they
    may be able to cope with a computing or science related course. The unit covers laws of
    arithmetic, standard form, algebra, logarithms, quadratics, coordinates, trigonometry and
    calculus.
    4         Business Information Systems
    This is a level 0 unit designed to introduce students to the way information is used in
    organisations, investigate data modelling and relational database design, website design and
    production and multimedia. Much of the course is laboratory based and assessed by
    coursework assignments.

    5         IT Productivity Tools & Study Skills
    This is a level 0 unit designed to equip the student, with little or no prior study experience,
    with the information communications technology and study skills necessary to progress onto
    a physical science or computer science or science programme at degree level. The European
    Computing Driving Licence is one of the outcomes of this unit.

    6         Electronics
    This is a level 0 unit in electronics. It consists of two parts running in parallel: digital and
    analogue. The analogue section introduces the essential rules of DC and AC circuit analysis
    of linear electrical and electronic circuits such as filters, amplifiers, etc. The digital section
    introduces the design rules for simple combinational and clock driven circuits such as
    counters and simple state machines.

How long will the course last and what patterns of attendance are available?
1 year full-time attendance.

How will my progress on the course be assessed?
    You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations on all modules.
    Coursework could take the form of essays, program writing, software application
    solutions.
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What will I achieve?
Students will be awarded a Lowestoft College certificate and will have achieved a total of 120 credits at
level 0 enabling them to progress onto a UEA or other institutes degree course (subject to achieving the
required percentage)

What will it cost?
Tuition Fees payable each year will be discussed at interview along with details of how to apply for
student loans and local LEA funding.

And the Future?
After successfully completing the Foundation Year course advancement to a computing/IT degree and
hence a possibility of a highly-paid career in the computing/IT industry.

What should I do now?
If you wish to be interviewed for a place on this course please complete an application form and return
it to the Reception or Student Services.
If you have any queries please ring Student Services on freephone 0800 854 695 which is open
from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Please note that all the details on this fact sheet were correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.
It is the policy of this College that all people are entitled to equality of opportunity in education and training.


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