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FdA Computing and Management

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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West Suffolk College


Two years full-time.

Three years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), BB (A-Level), DM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Providing an avenue for students to study the essential aspects of both computing and management, this course is well suited to students wishing to progress to a career in information technology management. The course is designed to ensure that knowledge of business management techniques is underpinned by the firm technological understanding of computing that is required within the industry.

Course modules

The course combines theoretical issues with practical elements. Students are given the opportunity to design and construct programs as well as install, configure and implement networks and internet-based services. Students also consider system configuration, building and testing networks and internetworks, developing business systems, accounts, database and management information systems.

Computing modules include: Introduction to Web Development, System Support and Deployment, Personal and Professional Development, Web Based Services and Implementing Routed Networks.

Management modules include: Principles and Functions of Management, Entrepreneurship, Accounting for Managers, Managing Innovation and Creativity and Marketing Principles.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Principles and Functions of Management (Mandatory)
Personal Computer Architecture (Mandatory)
Personal Development (Mandatory)
Computer Technology Case Study (Mandatory)
Introduction to Business Law (Optional)
Social, Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of Business (Optional)
Customised Business Solutions (Optional)
Network Essentials (Optional)
Research Methods and Problem Solving (Mandatory)
Management Information Systems (Optional)
Human Resource Management (Optional)
Marketing Management (Optional)
Web Based Services (Optional)
Network Essentials (Optional)
Project Design & Implementation (Mandatory)
Accounting for Managers (Mandatory)
Database Systems Analysis & Design (Optional)
Computer Networks and Communications (Optional)

Career opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Computing and Management course at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

Graduates with a combination of technological, management and organisational skills will have high employability in the computing services sector, or management positions in virtually any sector that utilises computing and networking. 

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament  

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £13,000 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements