New Foundation Degree in Computer Science for private company employees

In February 2013, the Department of Computer Science at Swansea University launched a new Foundation Degree in Computer Science, aimed at employees of private companies working or living in the convergence area of Wales.

This two-year programme of study, fully-funded through the European Social Fund (ESF), requires that participants be allowed a half-day release from their workplace (Wednesday afternoons), so as to attend teaching sessions at the university.  The Foundation Degree (FD), roughly equates to the first two years of a BSc (Honours) degree programme, and offers a progression route towards a degree level qualification in Computer Science.
 
The FD is accessible to students ‘in work’ and provides employees with substantial industry experience - particularly in the Software, IT Services and Telecoms sectors - the opportunity to frame this experience against appropriate academic perspectives.  As such, it is a part-time programme incorporating a degree of work-based learning (WBL).
 
An additional fully-funded student cohort will commence in October 2013.
 
Quote from Professor Faron Moller – Director of the FD Computer Science and Technocamps Programmes
 
"The FD Programme is a perfect addition to the portfolio of activities managed by IT Wales, the technology transfer unit of the Computer Science Department.  The other three major projects operated through IT Wales cater to the full range of people: from school pupils with the Technocamps outreach programme; to University students through its graduate placements programme; to established IT professionals through its Software Alliance Wales project. This new FD programme has been welcomed by industry and the sector skills council e-skills UK as it addresses head-on the growing skills gap in high-value industry."
 
Quote from current Computer Science Foundation Degree Student:

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been accepted onto the fully-funded Foundation Degree for Computer Science at Swansea University. I did not think I would ever get the chance to gain this much needed qualification while still working full time and supporting a family. The teaching has been straightforward and unobstructed, and the whole experience has been everything I'd hoped!”

Christian Perera – Digital Accessibility Centre
 
For further information – please contact:
Karen Birdsall – K.A.Birdsall@swansea.ac.uk