Foundation degree in Science in Information Systems Management

FdSc Information Systems Management at Winchester focuses on the development of practical skills in software programming and use of information system design, testing and development technologies. It is intended for students currently employed by a sponsoring organisation in the information systems and information technology services sector.

Foundation degree in Science in Information Systems Management at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation. For example:

  • At least 300 UCAS tariff points from across three A Levels at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies) or equivalent or a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship
  • A GCSE A*-C pass (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics is required
  • Evidence will also be considered if applicants demonstrate experience gained from voluntary activities

Degree duration:

2 years part-time

Accreditation of Prior Learning

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Candidates are invited for an interview to discuss and assess their suitability for the programme.

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Student Satisfaction

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

The emphasis of the programme is on application, for example the analysis of data and technical architecture; the design, testing, development and implementation of computer information systems solutions; and the human and organisational aspects of delivering successful information system development projects.

The programme incorporates a number of current and emerging subject areas, such as cyber security, risk management and data analytics. Creativity and innovation are developed through the inclusion of future-oriented themes and a focus on the analysis of business processes. This incorporates understanding and use of relevant software programming languages and testing and development technologies.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
  • Information Systems and Organisations
  • Introduction to Programming and Testing
  • Work Based Studies  - Professional Development
  • Responsible Management
  • IS Security
  • Software Design
  • Work-based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context

Year 2

  • Risk Management and Cyber-security
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Software Testing
  • Work-based Studies - Applied Project Management
  • Software Development
  • Applied Management Research in Practice
  • Information Management and Data Analytics
  • Work-based Studies - Management and Leadership

The incorporation of work-based studies allows to apply theory, methods and practices to their on-going experience as professionals in the workplace.  This combination of theory and practice enriches the learning experience, allowing students to contextualise knowledge and appreciate the complexity of the Information Systems Management subject area.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc.), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors, work-place mentors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

With regard to peer learning, within the programme, students will be encouraged to use virtual forums for sharing of knowledge and ideas and for use in collaborative learning and working.

Key features of the student experience are opportunities to plan and conduct work-based projects, through work based learning that could impact on the medium-long term success of the organisation.

Student activities are designed tasks which balance the formative and summative aspects of assessment and therefore a broad range of assessment formats and approaches are included.

The assessments are also designed to support development of key transferable skills. Knowledge and skills required for the workplace are assessed in many modules in, for example, reports and planning exercises as well as critical reflection.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and employability skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors, lecturers and work-place mentors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Through both theoretical and applied learning this programme seeks to develop professionals who are able to make effective contributions to the sponsoring organisation within an information systems management context, and to provide a platform for continued development and a future career within the sector.

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Employability Skills have been embedded into the programme across all levels. Students on this programme, whilst already employed, undertake professional development which builds on their existing skills for employment.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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Programme Leader: Stella McKnight

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478

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