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Cloud Computing - BSc (Hons, Foundation Entry)

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Our Cloud Computing degree will provide you with an understanding of the key aspects of a range of concepts, principles and techniques associated with cloud computing, infrastructure configuration and management. The course includes the opportunity to study towards industrial qualifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

This programme will enable you to identify the appropriate technologies, techniques and tools needed to implement cloud infrastructure and services. You will identify problems or tasks, design solutions and develop a requisite understanding of the need for quality that demonstrates an ability to draw on supporting evidence.

By developing the transferable skills required in the employment context, including working independently or as a team member, employment opportunities could be found across a range of organisations as the growth of the adoption of cloud services continues at pace, with SMEs also deploying virtualisation technologies in-house.

Potential employment routes include: Datacentre Engineers, Cloud Engineers, Cloud DevOps Engineers, Applications Support Engineers, Network Administrators, Operating System Administrators, Network Support Engineers, Security Engineers, Systems Engineers and Network Analysts.


BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Degree Programme (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CC08
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
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Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University.

Book an Open Day Request Information
Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Gordon Dickers

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Reasons to choose this course

  • Established industrial links.
  • British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course with Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
  • Provides you with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.
  • Student learn, in-depth, a range of programming concepts, data analysis and mining technique and network skills to develop sophisticated and complex information systems solutions.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Cloud Computing is a specialisation of computer networking that is concerned with the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud services.

Applicants to this programme would typically be technically minded and they may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences.

This programme is designed for students interested in computer networks but specialising in areas such as virtualisation and the computer systems used in data centres that support cloud based services.

They would also be interested in databases and developing an understanding of managing and analysing big data, and implementing cloud services.

Applicants for this programme will be interested in computer networking and networked application development and are likely to have some web programming experience.

Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and cloud based services including both the provision and consumption of those services.

Large scale data is stored in data centres and with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while “big data” requires a number of different application specific approaches for storage and analysis.

Graduates will also be able to implement services to provide this data for manipulation and analysis by a variety of applications they will also be able to develop.

Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as data analysts, application developers, data centre engineers, etc.

Module Topics

Foundation Year (Cert HE STEM)

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (BSc)

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Software Development (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (BSc)

  • Advanced Networking (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Cloud Computing Architecture (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Programmability (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Advanced Cyber Security (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Cloud Computing Administration (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits; compulsory / optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Industrial Based Research (20 credits; optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Switching, Routing and Wireless (20 credits; compulsory).

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination.

The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses. Year In Industry option is also available.

Final Year Project Exhibitions

Key Information

Entry Criteria

32 UCAS points

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy.

Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Independent Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade achieved. 

Student Quotes

Yohannes Zerzghi 
“I chose to attend  UWTSD School of Applied Computing for several factors. One of the main factors is that the university has very helpful and supportive staff. Also, its academic principles fulfil the current demands of the computing industry.”

Matthew Cooze 
"UWTSD has a high score for student satisfaction and number of employed after graduation. I would like to go on and study for a Masters."

Helen Frey 
"Computers have become an integral part of ever-day life. Studying computing is both challenging and rewarding. I am over the moon with my results and I couldn't have done it without such amazing lecturers.”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.