South Tyneside College - working in partnership with the University of Sunderland.
This two year, full-time course will prepare you to work as an IT professional producing software systems in a structured, well-engineered manner for a wide variety of IT environments. The course focuses on the design, production and testing of high-quality software, which meets user needs and makes best use of new and emerging technologies.
All applicants will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course. Prior experience of computing is not an essential entry requirement. Mature candidates without traditional minimum entry requirements are also encouraged to apply. Our typical offer will be 56 UCAS points (or 140 points old UCAS) points from a minimum of one A-Level/AVCE/National Diploma or equivalent.
We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key skills. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communications, Application of Number and Information Technology (or equivalent).
Assessment is conducted in accordance with academic regulations for the programme: Foundation Degree Programme Regulations. The final qualification is nationally recognised and validated by the University of Sunderland, one of the country's leading universities for computer studies.
At the end of the two years study period the student has an interesting choice. Armed with the letters Fd.Sc.Computing after their name they can seek employment and apply their new found skills or they can opt to continue their studies by joining the final year of one of the University of Sunderlands well established honours degree courses in an appropriate computer topic.
Partnership students can find more about our educational partnerships by clicking the following link: http://services.sunderland.ac.uk/partnerships/informationforpartnershipstudents/
Support Services for University of Sunderland Partnership students
To make sure that you have everything you need on site at South Tyneside College, you will access certain facilities and support at the College rather than via the University. This is to enhance your studies and ensure that you can get the help and support you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Support services you will access at the College include things like Careers and Employability Services; Disability Support Services and advice on dyslexia or specific learning difficulties; additional teaching support services such as support for numeracy and literacy; Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Services.
Complaints procedure for students studying University of Sunderland programmes at South Tyneside College
To whom Higher Education students on University of Sunderland franchised courses initially complain depends on who is providing the service you are complaining about. If the service is provided by South Tyneside College, then you must first exhaust the complaints procedure of the College, in accordance with the standard complaints procedure. Complaints about issues not relevant to the University’s provision, including non academic matters, will be managed solely by the College.
Unresolved complaints about services provided by the College (that are relevant to the University’s provision) may be referred to the University once the College’s complaints procedure has been fully exhausted. Any such complaints would then enter the University’s complaints procedure at Stage 2: Complaint Review. The purpose of the Review is not to reinvestigate a complaint but to ensure that procedures were followed at the initial investigation stage. If the service is provided directly by the University, then the University’s Student Complaints Procedure should be used from the outset.
You can find full details of the University’s Student Complaints Procedure in the University Student Handbook or at www.sunderland.ac.uk/studentcomplaints
In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by South Tyneside College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.