FdSc Digital Technology

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
    • NDFDC107 Analytical Methods

      This module develops mathematical ability and applies principles to the solution of problems using traditional techniques and a software package.

    • NDFDC108B Developing Graduate Skills

    • NDFDE101 Electrical and Electronic Principles

      This module provides an introduction to electrical and electronic theory so that students will have a firm base from which to work when they undertake further studies.

    • NDFDE102 Electronics

      This module provides an introduction to electronic theory so that students will have a firm base from which to work when they undertake further studies.

  • Year 2
  • 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.

    • NDCO225 Data Communications

      This module is intended to introduce communication concepts.

    • NDFDE206 Micro-Programmable Systems

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • NDFDE202 Electronic System Design

      This module builds on the principles of electronics and develops standard circuits into more complex systems.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

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. 

Please contact Petroc to apply for this course:

Old Sticklepath Hill
EX31 2BQ

Tel: +441271345291

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