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Cost £7,950 Full Time (per academic year) Exam Fee
When September 2021 Duration2 years
LevelLevel 4 AttendanceFull Time
Students at Harrogate College.

Modules may include

Level 4

  • Computer Networks
  • Web and App Development
  • Principles of Programming
  • Principles of Databases
  • Principles of Cyber Security
  • Professional Development

Level 5

  • Introduction to AI
  • Software Development
  • Data Analysis and Modelling
  • Emerging Control Technologies
  • Project

You will be given the opportunity to develop skills across a wide range of computer science disciplines, learning to programme software applications, develop websites and mobile apps. You will learn the vital skills in database design, learning how to collect, store, extract and analyse data, you will also explore the exciting world of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

You will also develop as an individual, learning to appreciate the computing industry from an employers perspective, honing the skills employers are looking for that will compliment your technical skills. One of the aims of the course is to prepare you for employment and a long career in the digital sector.

Finally, you will develop a range of skills that can be used across the digital technology sector that will provide you with the opportunity to work in a broad range of roles, such as a Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Web and Mobile Developer, Database specialist.

Typical offer Minimum Offer
A Levels: 2xD grades 1xE grade
BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade PP, PPP grade or a Subsidiary Diploma with an E grade
Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade Overall pass with 60 credits
GCSE English:

Desirable but not essential

English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
GCSE Maths:

Desirable but not essential

Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.
International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria
Mature applicants: Harrogate College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.   

*21 years and over at the start of the course

APL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APL).

On completion of this foundation degree course you can progress on to our Top-up degree at Leeds City College (subject to validation). To gain a full BSc (Hons) degree from our foundation degree you would need to study for a further year. You could also choose to study for a BSc (Hons) at other institutions.

You could find employment in a broad range of roles, such as a Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Database specialist.

For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds website here.


Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997