Level 4/5 Foundation Degree in Computer Networks – September 2021

Start Date: 14 September 2021
Funding information: Student Finance HE Loan available, course costs apply.
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This foundation degree, developed by Chesterfield College in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, employers and entrepreneurs, provides a unique opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in computing. The course covers the aspects of computing that have a practical impact on business and everyday life.

The course specifically focuses on the hands-on professional aspects of computing, and aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to gain employment and develop as a computing professional.

Assessment will include a range of individual and group work activities including:

  • Coursework assignments (these will generally be in the form of a written piece of work to the appropriate academic standard)
  • Written exams (these are formal exams and take place in either January or May)
  • Practical based assignments (the assessments will also include some form of written documentation to support the practical work)
  • Presentations (these will be presented to course tutors, and occasionally, external clients)

Course Content

The course consists of a range of study modules that will equip you with the skills needed to progress into employment or further study. Modules include:

Year 1

  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Dynamic Websites
  • Professional and Business Skills
  • Maths for IT Professionals
  • Software Development and Modelling
  • Programming and Testing

Year 2

  • Network Servers
  • Switched and Routed Networks
  • Database Design and Implementation
  • Virtualisation
  • IT and Project Management
  • Professional Project

Entry Requirements

Typically, you will have two or more A Levels or a relevant vocational qualification, such as a BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma and GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above (or a Level 2 equivalent).

Assessment Methods

  • Coursework
  • Written exam
  • Practical assignments
  • Presentations


Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Computer Networks can lead to a wide range of job roles including: IT Support Technician, Network Administrator, Network Infrastructure Technician, IT Project Co-ordinator, Database Administrator.

For those wanting to develop their skills further and achieve a degree, you can choose to continue your education and progress on to the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Networks.

Case Study

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Callum Fanshawe

Chesterfield College

BSc Computer Software Development


13990.00 incl VAT


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