FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Online Distance Learning)

UCAS Code: GRIMC G80 G4L1 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time

Study online to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to design, implement and test professional digital and technology solutions.

FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Online Distance Learning) Awarding body
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About the FdSc Digital & Technology Solutions (Online Distance Learning) programme

The development and continued success of business is increasingly predicated on its ability to harness and employ digital and technology solutions to develop and market new products and services, increase productivity and workflow, minimise costs, and protect itself from threats from various forms of cybercrime. At the core of this is an increasing need to manage and maintain large sets of data and this in turn leads to additional security requirements and the application of advanced data analytics that rely heavily on the application of artificial intelligence.

Digital & Technology Solutions aims to integrate theory and practice in each of the core subject areas and will actively encourage continued application within a commercial and business context. As you progress through the programme, you will develop of specialist skills aligned with your career interests and aspirations. As practitioners, you will not only develop academic work but will build a portfolio of developmental work which will help in preparation for both industry and further academic study at level 6 honours stage.

Entry Requirements

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).

The TEC Partnership also encourages applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set a piece of work which will demonstrate both academic and technical aptitude within digital technologies. Applicants already working within 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; 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.

What you will learn

This two-year programme will see students progress through levels 4 and 5 to achieve their Foundation Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions. Each level will be delivered using an 8-week Trimester pattern to offer each student improved flexibility in balancing work, lifestyle, and education commitments.

Throughout the Level 4 year, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of multiple disciplines, including

  • Web Development
  • Database System Fundamentals
  • Business Information System Fundamentals
  • Systems Analysis& Design Methodologies
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Computer Networking Fundamentals.

Each module will explore the underpinning theory and professional standards seen in the modern industry to support the development of complex systems in further levels.

This two-year programme will see students progress through levels 4 and 5 to achieve their Foundation Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions. Each level will be delivered using an 8-week Trimester pattern to offer each student improved flexibility in balancing work, lifestyle, and education commitments.

During the Level 5 year, students will continue their studies with

  • Database Applications Development
  • Computer Security – Network and Systems
  • Network Management and Operations
  • Agile Project Management
  • Major Development Project

The Major Development Project is a student-led project which brings together the knowledge, skills and experience acquired across both levels of the programme.

Learning & Teaching Methods

The teaching and learning strategy for this programme will be predicated on an online approach to delivery and assessment.

The programme is largely designed for students who have or are about to commence employment as there will be a requirement throughout the programme for the student to be able to apply learning in real world contexts to work-related projects.

Using the Canvas VLE, core and specialist modules for each pathway will be made accessible to all students. The programme will be structured to ensure that learning is built in stages with access to modules given as students complete an appropriate stage or level. Thus, students will be able to learn, to some extent, at their own pace. The resources provided through the Canvas VLE will include resources that would be available to full time learners and will include additional resources to support learners in their self-directed studies. This will include access to module tutorials via video calls, VoIP and/or Teams message groups.

Practical and professional skills will be developed through projects, briefs, and assignments which develop and encourage practical application of learning. Both core modules and the later specialist modules will employ this approach to ensure that the student work meets the expected standards of real-world projects.

Whilst the nature of the programmes is that this is delivered through online and mobile technologies, there will be opportunities for students to work collaboratively through online forums, project groups, and other platforms, to ensure there is opportunity for shared learning experiences. Academic supervision will also be provided through video calling by each of the module tutors throughout the duration of a module’s delivery.

Programme Benefits

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.

What next?

The programme learning outcomes cover the full range of benchmarks allowing the programme to be effectively mapped to the current BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies (Top-up) entry requirements allowing graduates to progress directly on to this programme. Further to this it may be possible for students to apply to other institutions offering comparable honours degree top up programmes. Many employers both within the computing/ICT sector and other industry/commercial sectors will fully recognise the FdSc award opening up the potential to apply for graduate employment in some cases. Students may also choose to follow up the programme by undertaking professional certification programmes (for example, those offered by CISCO, Microsoft, Adobe, etc.).