Computer Science FdSc

graduating HM forces students at Trentham gardens
Location Distance Learning
Duration 3 Years
Course start January, May, September
LocationModeStart dateApply
Distance LearningPart-time2019/20 Academic YearApply Direct
Distance LearningPart-time2018/19 Academic YearApply Direct


The total course fee is £3525 and the course is listed on the ELCAS website.

Part-time fees

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata to that paid for full-time study. This means that regardless of whether you choose part-time or full-time study, you pay the same amount for the course you choose to undertake.  The duration of the course and the fees you are charged each year or semester are determined by the speed at which you wish to progress through the course. This is called the 'intensity of study'. So if you choose to study at half the rate of a full-time  student, you’d pay half the full-time course fees each year, and take twice as long to complete your course compared to full-time. If you choose to study at a different intensity this will alter the duration and fee payment rate. If you would like to discuss what this means to you then please get in touch with our the HM Forces Team:

The course

  • Developed to complement your work as a technician.
  • Designed to enhance post service employability.

  • Top up route from FD to BSc (Hons) in ICT.

  • Negotiated modules provide bespoke learning opportunities.

  • Work based around your role.

  • Flexible Study - with online distance learning using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Course outline

Is this Award for you?

Staffordshire University has recognised the highly skilled training which all members of the MOD within the Computing Science area complete as part of basic training.  Additionally, other elements of training completed can also provide some accreditation and help towards gaining a Foundation Degree.  Personnel from the MOD including Civil Servants and reservists may also be eligible for entry onto the awards and should contact the HM Forces Team for further information and advice.

You have the ability to complete this FdSc in less time than other degrees.  Successful completion of the FdSc gives automatic entry to the BSc (Hons) in ICT Top Up degree programme with the option for further progression to a MSc in Cyber Security in due course.

The FdSc is designed to complement your work within the MOD by extending your knowledge and skills with technical modules and enhance you general abilities to contribute to your organisation.  It also allows you to develop professional level competence in Computer Networks and IT Systems.

All MOD personnel will be required to provide evidence of training received and may be required to provide additional evidence to allow for entry onto the awards.  In the first instance you should make contact with the HM Forces team to ascertain what the requirement will be from your branch/trade.

To make an initial enquiry about this programme please contact the HM Forces Programmes Team

Lesley Allen 
University Armed Forces Partnership Manager Tel: 01785 353572 or 07917 270083

Paul Stonier
University Armed Forces Development Officer Tel: 01785 353772 or 07825 845474

If you have any problems or questions while completing the Module Option & APEL Application document or Online Application please contact or T: 01785 353572/01785 353772/01785 353836

Once you have attended one of the launch days and you wish to progress with an application you need to download

  1. Application Guidance Notes

  2. Application Form

  • Download and complete this form then save the document. (This document will need to be attached as a transcript on the documents tab of the online application - see Application Guidance notes for further information).

  • You are now ready to make your online application. This is done by hitting the red Apply Direct button at the top of this page.

Once you are happy and have attached all required documentation please submit your application.

Entry requirements

Compulsory Course Briefing Day Attendance

Prior to submitting your online application you are required to participate in a compulsory Course Briefing Day (CBD). The purpose of the day is to provide an in-depth overview of how the course is structured, the commitment required to study and how to claim accreditation for previous qualifications or experience gained throughout your career. The award tutors will also guide you through the application process.

We offer two types of CBD: 
Attendance – An opportunity for students to physically attend a CBD event either at the university or selected military stations. 
Online – An opportunity for students to participate in an online CBD which is delivered in real time but via the internet, thus negating the requirement to travel to the university or one of the selected military stations.

The delivery schedule for both types of CBD can be provided by contacting the HM Forces

Teaching and learning

Course Intake Dates

September, January and May

Study Method

The course is delivered entirely via distance learning using our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment



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