About the FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Online Distance Learning) (subject to revalidation) programme
As a Digital and Technology Solutions graduate, you will have the option of progressing into careers such as cyber security analyst, data or systems analyst or engineer, IT consultant or technician, network or software engineer or web developer.
Every learner will have the opportunity to develop:
- Web design and development skills in HTML, CSS and client-side scripting
- Systems analysis skills
- Database design and development skills within Microsoft Access and MYSQL/PHPMYDMIN
- Use of virtualisation technologies
- Network design and development skills – both local and business scale networks
- Network security and basic cyber security skills in protecting a business scale network
- Server side programming skills for e-commerce development.
Standard entry requirement for the degree will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘4’ in GCSE English or equivalent (Functional Skills Literacy Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2), and grade ‘4’ in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent (Functional Skills Numeracy Level 2 or Adult Numeracy Level 2).
Applications are also encouraged from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work which will demonstrate both academic and technical aptitude within digital technologies. Applicants already working with this field will be asked to provide evidence of relevant digital product development and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Applicants applying for the online learning programme will generally be those who are in full time employment, however applicants who are engaged in freelance work or are self employed may also apply for Online learning. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis to allow for applications from those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend in person due to extenuating personal circumstances; however, such applicants may be required to provide evidence of their circumstances in order to support their application. Once offered a place on the programme that place and the mode of delivery will be assured in such cases where there is a change in employment status in order to allow successful applicants to complete their studies with a consistent mode of delivery.
To apply for this degree, visit www.grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education/ rather than the traditional UCAS application process. All applicants for distance learning will be required to produce evidence of residency and a permanent address.
What you will learn
- Systems Analysis & Design Methodologies
- Computer Network Fundamentals
- Business Information Systems
- Web Development
- Database System Fundamentals
- Professional & Research Skills
- Agile Project Management
- Database Applications Development
- Computer Security – Network & Systems
- Network Management & Operations
- Major Development Project.
Learning & Teaching Methods
This online degree will suit students who are already in full-time work and prefer to learn through remote research.
Each module is equivalent to 200 hours of learning. Eight hours is given to contact delivery via weekly webinars with tutors who hold a wealth of industry experience. 40 hours will be made up of online work, with the remaining hours made up of preparation for lessons, assessments and independent study.
How it works
You will be supplied with module resources through our online virtual learning environment, which has been carefully designed by our subject experts. Each week, you will receive a package of video and written content to support your theoretical learning, as well as instruction for engaging and unique practical activities to help you explore your subject. The online programme allows you to complete your weekly tasks in your own time, whilst also revisiting topics at your leisure.
This programme is distinctive as it will focus on teaching through employer engagement and project based learning based on the needs of business as a core. It will include business and information systems, business analysis and professional project management which will centre on business-orientated solutions. During level 5 of the programme students will work towards their chosen career specialism within the Major Development Project module such as Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Cyber Security Analyst, Data Analyst and Network Engineer.
This course will enable you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies Top-Up degree at University Centre Grimsby, whilst also providing the necessary skills for you to study a Masters in the pathway of your choice. You many also wish to add to your skills by undertaking professional certification programmes offered by companies such as CISCO, Microsoft or Adobe.
If you choose to enter employment, you will be qualified for a range of entry level roles across the IT industry, whilst also holding transferable skills in industries such as media or games development.