Name of Programme
Access to Computing
Final Award
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Computing
Programme Code(s)
FCTF1FCO / Full Time / 3 Months
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Admission Criteria
A-level (CCC)
96 UCAS 2018 Tariff Points
GCSE Math Grade C/Grade 4
Applicable Cohort(s)
FHEQ Level
Summary of Programme
This course is a pre-sessional 3 months programme specially designed for Applied Computing. This course is intended for students who fall just below the current academic entry standards and students through the clearing who, in the opinion of the admissions tutor, still need topping up their pre-university knowledge before entering the BSc Computing degree programme in Buckingham. The programme also forms the last term of the Computing stream of the University Foundation Pathway programme.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The overall aim of this course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge and essential skills required for the intensive BSc Computing study in Buckingham. The intensive 11-week programme consists of three modules in mathematical methods, evolution of computing and web computing. Students must pass all modules before being admitted on to the BSc Computing degree programme.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1 Understand the roles that computer systems play in the modern world
2 Understand the history of computing and evolution of computing technologies
3 Possess knowledge in mathematics that is crucial for the study of a computing programme
4 Understand basic concepts of world wide web and skills in designing useful documents on the web
5 Gain awareness of and familiarity with university study environment

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Students are taught in a combination of lectures, small group tutorials with practical classes as appropriate in an interactive style. Teaching is supported by the use of module texts, journal articles and online resources. Understanding is reinforced by support from tutors in the form of feedback based on students’ assignment answers. The use of IT is embedded throughout the curriculum.

Assessment Strategy

ILOs are evaluated by the following means:
 Exams (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
 Coursework (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
 Practical exams & tests (4, 5).

According to the marks awarded, students are considered as being
 failed to achieve the ILOs or
 fully achieving the ILOs by passing all components of the course

Each course component applied its own Assessment Criteria.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1 Acquire new relevant knowledge from various sources
2 Read and evaluate sources of information
3 Present acquired knowledge in a coherent and systematic way using mathematical concepts
4 Conduct logical reasoning, logical thinking and drawing sensible conclusions
5 Build an evidence based argument and improve the quality of argument

Teaching/Learning Strategy

The principles are discussed in the module texts, lectures and seminars, with many examples given to aid understanding of the processes involved. The skills are achieved through various forms of practical activities such as
 After-lecture revisions (all)
 Exercises in tutorials, practical classes and coursework (all)
 Search journals and read articles (all)

The skills are obtained through successes and failures in the practical exercises. Feedbacks from tutors provide significant assistance in skill improvement.

Assessment Strategy

Cognitive skills in areas 1-6 are assessed by the following means:
 Coursework (all)
 Practical examinations and tests (all)
 Written examinations
 Presentations
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1 Use mathematical reasoning
2 Gain appropriate understanding on data
3 Use computer systems and judge system performances
4 Conduct web design and gain awareness of web applications in modern societies.
On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1 Perform self-directed learning and knowledge acquisition
2 Perform effective information gathering
3 Conduct effective communication
4 Act as a member of a team
5 Gain better time management

Teaching/Learning Strategy

The practical skills are developed and enhanced through practical activities arranged with the three individual course component modules. The practical activities include preparation for tutorials, tutorial tests, research for coursework, practical classes, and module projects.Students are given opportunities to conduct independent learning such as researching for coursework. Online searching and information gathering skills are also developed through research activities for various purposes. Oral presentations of independent studies help training the skills for effective communications. Students are also invited to invited seminars outside the programme to assist the development of their communication skills. Group module projects aim to build their teamwork skills and time management skills, and further enhancing their communication skills. Time management skills are acquired through various coursework, projects, presentations, and examinations.

Assessment Strategy

The practical skills are assessed through tests, written coursework, individual or group module projects, and presentations.
The skills are assessed by means of
 Written coursework (all)
 Presentations (2, 3, 5)
 Group module project demonstrations (3, 4, 5)
External Reference Points
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
January 2018
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
January 2018
Date approved by School Board of Study
January 2018
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
January 2018
Date of Annual Review
In line with the university's Annual Monitoring Review process.



Access to Computing

FCTF1FCO / Full Time / July Entry
Term 1
Mathematical Methods [L3/20U] (FFFMAME)
Evolution of Computing [L3/20U] (FFFEVOC)
Introduction to Web Computing [L3/20U] (FFFIWEB)


Access to Computing

FCTF1FCO / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Mathematical Methods [L3/20U] (FFFMAME)
Evolution of Computing [L3/20U] (FFFEVOC)
Introduction to Web Computing [L3/20U] (FFFIWEB)
Foundation Examination