FdSc Computing

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Gain skills in software development, networking and cyber security, with our Computing foundation degree in Peterborough.

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Peterborough is a globally recognised ‘smart city’ with a gigabit network, located in Cambridgeshire, the home of ‘Silicon Fen’ a centre for high-tech companies; what better place to kick-start your career in the IT-sector than at ARU Peterborough on our Computing degree course?

Our foundation Computing degree is designed to equip you with a solid, employability-focused overview of Computer Science and prepare you for your first professional role or to continue your studies, should you so choose.

You will learn and hone skills in software development, networking and cyber security. The course is designed to allow to you to keep your options open as to which part of the diverse IT industry you want to specialise in, offering the core elements of computer science and modules to support specialisation in areas including Software Development, Internet and Cloud Applications, Network Administration and Technical Support.

Course options

Course options

Applications to study this course in September 2023 open in September 2022.

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Facilities and support

Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Computing student at ARU Peterborough, you'll use:

  • Specialist computing labs
  • Industry-standard equipment and software

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of our brand-new computer lab facilities
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


As a Computing graduate, you’ll have essential technical skills, and experience of addressing realistic challenges through live briefs, coursework, and projects.

You’ll also have key transferable skills, such as team working, research and investigation, preparing documentation, giving presentations, and reporting on progress.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge and skills they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they can offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through live briefs, work-based projects, and placements.

Our free Employability Service will help you take practical steps to follow your chosen career path, secure jobs, and work experience, or even start your own business.

Our foundation degree also offers a progression route (with 50% or higher overall grade) to our BSc Computing degree. 195 credits will be awarded on progression.

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.