Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - Foundation Degree

Course Code: IH1HE26

UCAS Code: GH46

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Enrolling on the programme will enable you to take the first steps to becoming a 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.

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. 

Businesses are reliant upon interconnected systems and networked infrastructures, and as these systems continue to grow in size and importance, the number of job roles in computer networking increases as a consequence. Networks are found in schools, universities, and there is a plethora of other networked business premises.

The success in terms of recruitment of our students to positions offered in these businesses is remarkable and this programme has a track record in supplying career opportunities for our graduates. This Foundation Degree programme produces graduates who possess a combination of network engineering and softer, transferable skills which produce extremely well qualified graduate cohorts with broad, commercially desirable skill sets and qualifications.

On completion of the programme, you will become a self-directing IT professional with a wide range of career pathways available to you. Along with the technical skills gained, you will develop skills to open the door to lifelong learning which is beneficial both at a career and personal level.

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)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


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.


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 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.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Introduction to Academic StudyIH4MD05920Mandatory
Network Disaster RecoveryIH4MD06020Mandatory
Network PrinciplesIH4MD06120Mandatory
Network Programming and Scripting ConceptsIH4MD06220Mandatory
Switching Routing and Wireless EssentialsIH4MD06320Mandatory
Introduction to Systems SecurityIH4MD06420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Work Based LearningIH5MD05120Optional (most common)
Work Based Research ProjectIH5MD05220Optional
Contemporary ProjectIH5MD05320Mandatory
Virtualisation and Cloud ComputingIH5MD05420Mandatory
Introduction to SdnIH5MD05520Mandatory
Enterprise Networking Security and AutomationIH5MD05620Mandatory
Systems Configuration and ManagementIH5MD05720Mandatory

Teaching and Learning 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.


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.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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