50 Students Now Studying for a Foundation Degree in Computer Science at Swansea University

Following a highly successful recruitment drive, which included an article in the Western Mail, along with a series of open day events and a radio ad campaign, a total of 40 new participants joined our part-time Foundation Degree in Computer Science, in September 2013. This new student cohort runs alongside our existing group, who began their studies in February 2013.

The course is part of the Foundation Degree Programme and is funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. Those in the private sector living and/or working in the Convergence Region of Wales (West Wales and Valleys), can access funded places on the course.  Foundation Degrees are distinct higher education qualifications combining academic and work-based learning and offer a flexible way for students to gain a degree, whilst in employment.  

Lee HartnollUpon reading about the course Lee Hartnol, Business Analyst at Tata Steel, jumped at the opportunity.

"I'm looking for my career in the manufacturing industry to grow. Information Technology is vital to all our operations at Tata Steel, and I'm looking to further my career in the steel industry by specialising in the application of IT, here. A key part of my personal development plan is to establish an academic platform to build upon through this course.”

The course is run over two years at the Swansea University Campus, and requires students to have a half day release from their workplace to attend weekly sessions every Wednesday.  The Foundation Degree roughly equates to the first two years of a BSc (Honours) degree programme; and whilst it results in a full academic qualification (FdSc in Computer Science), it also offers a progression route towards a BSc Honours degree level qualification in Computer Science.

The course has attracted students from both private SME’s and large multinational companies from as far away as Aberystwyth – and not only from the IT / Software / Telecoms sectors.  We have been pleased to accept students from construction, photography, retail and events, who have all found that the course will complement their existing skills sets.

Kerry RobertsDirector of Absolutely Creative Events, Kerry Roberts had recently expanded her business into the IT domain with the launch of Absolute Raspberries, when she discovered the Foundation Degree.

“This qualification in Computer Science is a fantastic opportunity, which will allow me to deliver courses myself rather than always outsourcing to tutors, thus allowing me to give students a real insight into the world of computer science, as well as myself.”

The Foundation Degree in Computer Science is providing valuable technical skills to Welsh Businesses.  Much interest has already been received for any future funded student intakes.  For further course information, please contact our Business Liaison Officer – Morwenna Tyler on 01792 606359 or M.E.Tyler@swansea.ac.uk.

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