Course Code: IH1HE26 UCAS Code: GH46 Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - Foundation Degree Duration2 Years Day/s of weekTuesday and Wednesday Time09:00 - 16:00 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 12 Sep 2022 University Centre 2 Years / £8,750 per year Apply now 12 Sep 2023 University Centre 2 Years / £9,000 per year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary Enrolling on the programme will enable you to take the first steps to becoming a computer networking professional. You will engage with the latest technologies to understand how networks work in our state of the art, CISCO approved labs which are equipped with the latest and best routers and switches. You'll have the chance to explore other contemporary technologies in virtualisation and cloud computing to understand how future systems administration will develop. Remote access to our bank of dedicated VM infrastructure provides opportunities to develop skills beyond what is taught in the classroom. With businesses becoming more reliant upon interconnected systems and networked infrastructures, your newly acquired skills will increasingly be in demand as the number of job roles in computer networking continues to grow. As well as employment opportunities, this programme also provides the academic stepping stone leading to our BSc Hons Network Engineering (Systems Administration) top-up degree. Higher Technical Qualification Find out more here Course Detail The FdSc Network Engineering (Systems Administration) provides a variety of routes into some of the best paid areas in contemporary computing. The programme will help you develop technical and professional skills with which to meet the current expectations of industry. These include the ability to: • Apply networking and hardware skills that will enable the connection, control and configuration of various devices, using both traditional and wireless connectivity • Protect individual systems and corporate infrastructures from unauthorised and illegal hacking and industrial espionage • Configure, maintain and recover server based solutions to SMEs and larger corporations • Develop specialist Systems Administration skills to prepare Network Professionals for a range of in-demand industry roles • Work independently and as part of a team, the ability to take instruction and work to deadlines, communication and adaptability • Be creative, use initiative and develop problem solving skills • Undertake a work placement and apply the full range of technical and professional skills acquired during the foundation degree in a real world context. Entry Requirements A minimum of 96 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline: MMM from Extended Diploma or DD from Diploma in any level 3 Computing/IT course We will strongly encourage and support those who do not hold GCSE Maths/English at grade C/4, or equivalent qualification, to pursue a Maths/English qualification alongside the main programme. The entry criteria for direct entry onto Level 5 of the programme is: Successful completion of the HNC Computing at Blackpool & The Fylde College Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. Qualification Obtained FdSc Network Engineering (Systems Administration) APPROVED HIGHER TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Introduction to Academic Study IH4MD059 No Network Disaster Recovery IH4MD060 No Network Principles IH4MD061 No Network Programming and Scripting Concepts IH4MD062 No Switching Routing and Wireless Essentials IH4MD063 No Introduction to Systems Security IH4MD064 No Modules at level 5 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Work Based Learning IH5MD051 No Contemporary Project IH5MD053 No Virtualisation and Cloud Computing IH5MD054 No Introduction to Sdn IH5MD055 No Enterprise Networking Security and Automation IH5MD056 Yes Systems Configuration and Management IH5MD057 No Industry Placement and Field Trips During the latter part of this course, you will need to complete 96 hours of related work experience. This will involve finding a suitable work placement, which we will encourage you to do yourself. If, for some reason, you’re unable to find a placement, our workplace coordinator will arrange interviews with employers; we may even find you an internal placement with our own IT Services Department. Your work-based activity also includes timetabled sessions, which will involve creating CVs, learning about professional guidelines and legislation, and exploring how to apply your new-found skills to the workplace. Learning and Teaching Methods Scheduled Learning Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits. Independent Study Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision. Placement Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 70% 60% 0% Exam 6% 5% 0% Practical 24% 35% 0% Assessment Methods Coursework Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently. Exam Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below. Practical Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 240 273 0 Independent 760 897 0 Placement 0 30 0 Total 1000 1200 0 Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Other Costs and Equipment Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are available while working in college, with many resources available through remote services. However, we do recommend that you have access to a computer with internet connectivity for completing work outside college times and accessing these resources. You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Programme Specification Programme Spec NET-SA-2021.pdf Adobe PDF, 327.74 KB Career Options and Progression This Foundation Degree programme is designed to create graduates who possess a combination of network engineering and softer, transferable skills which together produce extremely well qualified individuals with broad, commercially desirable skill sets and qualifications. On completing programme, you will become a self-directing IT professional with a wide range of career pathways available to you. Successful graduates could access any of the following exciting career opportunities: Network Engineer 1st, 2nd 3rd Line Support Network Technician Network Security Technician Cloud Networking Architect Virtualisation Engineer Wireless Infrastructure and Mobility Specialist Systems Administrator Alternatively,you could top up your skills (and career potential) further by studying for our one-year BSc (Hons) Network Engineering (Systems Administration) which has coveted British Computer Society accreditation.