FdSc Computing

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Visit our Petroc website to find out more, watch our course videos, read case studies of our successful alumni or apply directly for a guaranteed interview.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • NDCO114 Software Engineering Principles

      Whatever language they are written in, computer programs tend to use the same underlying methods to achieve their aims. This module explores the concepts of Structured Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms from a general perspective, outside of any particular programming language.

    • NDCO117 Computer Systems

      This Module will provide a detailed knowledge of how a modern computer system works. The student will gain thorough knowledge of computer systems architecture. The student will also gain an understanding of operating systems; the need for them, the interaction between applications software and hardware.

    • NDCO119 Web Design and Development

      Introduction to planning, designing, creativity, reviewing, feedback, standards, assessment, improvement and refinement. Introduction to image acquisition and manipulation tools. Introduction to interactive multi-media development tools.

    • NDCO121 Business Enterprise

      The focus of this module is the generic skills required when starting up a business or discrete business unit within a larger organisation. The module will cover a range of business start up concerns from initial business idea, researching a market, finance and legal requirements.

    • NDCO123B Developing Graduate Skills

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • NDCO125 Introduction to Systems Analysis

    • NDCO127 Mathematics for Computing

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • NDCO221 Human Computer Interaction

      This Module presents an overview of: the need for a human perspective in the design of computer systems, the fundamental features of human cognition and behaviour, and the design of human-centred systems.

    • NDCO222 Group Project

      The project provides a vehicle for students to develop and demonstrate their proficiency in the design and implementation of a computing system to meet a real requirement. It also serves to develop communication and interpersonal skills within the framework of small project teams.

    • NDCO224 Web Based Databases

      This module is designed to provide an introduction to databases, with specific emphasis on web based database applications using client-server relational database model. Basic database theory will be covered as well as types of database, database models and database design. Exploration of concepts and ideas will be reinforced by the practical application of databases.

    • NDCO225 Data Communications

      This module is intended to introduce communication concepts.

    • NDCO226 Networking Theory and Practice

      This module provides students with an understanding of elements of Networking theory ant the practical implementation of various aspects of networking.

    • NDCO232 Information Systems Requirements Analysis

      This module is intended to provide the fundamental concepts and skills essential for Information Systems requirements modelling and analysis. It will enable students to acquire, develop and apply specific object-oriented modelling techniques and specific transferable skills required by the computing professional.

    • NDCO233 Object Oriented Programming

      This module reinforces an understanding of Object Oriented Principles by concentrating on the principles of XP Programming, Test Driven Development, Refactoring, the use of Design Patterns, & continuous integration & delivery.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with PETROC

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.

Find out more about studying at Petroc