IT Networking & Security Foundation Degree (FdSc) Level 5
In partnership with the University of Bedfordshire. Designed in collaboration with employers, this programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the needs of the IT industry so that you can find interesting and well-paid employment. You will develop skills that will enable you to administer hardware and software networking environments, and gain a good understanding of the skills required to implement and maintain scalable and resilient networks.
I actually went to university the year before starting this course, but I left after a few months because I didn’t like the learning environment and wanted to study closer to home. When I came to visit the College I was really impressed by how helpful and caring the teachers were and what a close knit community it was.
In my opinion, one of the biggest benefits of studying a higher education course at College rather than university is that you get so much more support from your tutors. Universities are dealing with many more students so, in my experience, the lecturers don’t have time to give you the individualised support that you get at College. For me, it’s important to know I can contact my College tutors at any time if I don’t understand something or need additional guidance on an assignment.
I’ve particularly enjoyed the computer networking unit because I’ve had hands on experience using the CISCO switches and routers, which is the equipment you’ll be using in industry. I’ve also enjoyed the unit on servers and hardware. In fact, the College put me forward for the WorldSkills competition in the CISCO Network Technician category and I came second in the heats! It was a great experience. I was even given work experience in the IT Services department at the College last year and that went so well I was offered a full-time contract. You can’t really ask for more than that!
Liz - IT Networking & Security Foundation Degree
“I was really happy to win a bronze medal at the World Skills UK Competitions Finals held at The Skills Show, NEC Birmingham, having qualified in a regional heat. I competed in the heats last year but did not get through to the final. The competition stretched over two days and we worked against the clock to complete tasks. We worked from 9am until 4pm on the first day with one hour for lunch, and the work that you did related to the tasks on the second day, so you really had to stay on the ball. There were thousands of visitors walking around the hall, but I got stuck in and soon didn’t realise they were there.
I started at Bedford College on a Level 3 Extended Diploma after studying Advanced ICT at GCSE. The course at College offered a lot more choice of modules than an A-Level course, and enabled me to focus on networking in my second year.
The Foundation Degree course really does get you on your feet for a career in the industry. The course has taught me about the business side of networking, as well as the technical side thanks to the brilliant facilities. I enjoy all aspects of the course and now have a part-time job with a local networking company. The tutors have been great; they are very supportive and always there to lend a hand if you need it.
After college, I would like to continue to build up my qualifications while working in the industry. In the meantime, I’m going for gold at next year’s World Skills competition!”
Oliver - IT Networking & Security Foundation Degree
You will need:
- GCSEs at A*-C in English and Mathematics PLUS
- 120 UCAS tariff points with 80 points achieved from one A2 qualification OR
- 120 UCAS tariff points from BTEC Diploma in IT OR
- IT Apprenticeship Level 3 OR
- Equivalent Level 3 qualification.
We also welcome students with relevant work experience, subject to a successful interview.
During the course you will study a range of units, including:
- Introduction to Networking
- Introduction to Programming
- PC Essentials - Installation & Configuration
- Implementing Secure Networks
- Personal, Professional and Academic Development
- Systems Analysis and Development
- Windows Server Administration
- Advanced Networking
- Web Development
- Personal Development and Planning
- Work-related Project.
You will also undertake a work-related project. The College holds Academy status with CISCO, CompTIA and Microsoft, and you will have the opportunity to gain professional certifications in addition to your degree. Course fees for these additional qualifications can be found within our part-time course guide.
You will be continuously assessed by coursework in the form of assignments, practical assessment, computer-based exams and work-related projects. Teaching methods will include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. A wide range of learning materials will also be available online so that you can also study at home.
Further study and career options
You can progress on to a third year degree course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BSc Computer Science or BSc Computer Networking degree. The course also opens up excellent career opportunities in IT and networking.
Significant additional study will be required outside College to succeed on this course. Study options: Two full days a week. Other flexible options are also available. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.
To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code L120. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.