Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

A common first year for all three pathways covers programming, web development, database development, mathematics, information systems and teamwork skills. In subsequent years, the Computing pathway covers computer networking, programming and algorithms. The Information Technology pathway covers PHP web programming and e'business. The Web Development pathway covers web development using current web standards and open source technologies.

Option modules include: JavaScript, Building Web Applications with MySQL and PHP, Mobile Application Development, Web Data with XML, JSON and Ajax, and Advanced Web Authoring.

Programming and mark'up languages covered include: HTML, XML, CSS, Python, Java, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP.

Course Modules

You choose a pathway from Computing, Information Technology or Web Development.

In the first year, you take eight common, compulsory modules. In the second year, you take four compulsory modules and two option modules, and complete a work'related project.

Compulsory modules:

Fundamentals of Information Technology;

Information Systems Concepts;

Information Systems Management;

Introduction to Computer Systems;

Introduction to Database Technology;

Introduction to Programming;

Introduction to Web Authoring;

Mathematics for Computing;

Problem'Solving for Programming;

Software and Programming I;

Working in Teams.

Computing pathway:

Computer Networking;

Data Structures and Algorithms;

Information Technology pathway;


Web Programming using PHP.

Web Development pathway:

Advanced Web Authoring;



Work'related Project.

Option modules:

Advanced Web Authoring;

Building Web Applications using MySQL and PHP;



Mobile Application Development;

Web Data with XML, JSON and AJAX;

Web Programming using PHP.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £7,200 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £13,350 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £5,400 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £10,025 Overseas Fees