Computing/Information Technology/Web Development (Foundation Degree): 3-year, part-time, Stratford, January start

Year of Entry


Start date

January 2018




Fully Approved


3 years part-time


2-3 evenings a week

A common first year for all 3 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.

You will benefit from Birkbeck's unique, flexible study. Students are drawn from the most culturally diverse city in the UK and have a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 58th anniversary in 2015. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Our lecturers are leading researchers in their fields, drawn from both the academic and professional world.
  • The Department has its own dedicated network with the College. We also have 4 state-of-the-art computing laboratories, with over a hundred workstations. They are equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge production software and tools.
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Course structure

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

In the first year, you take 4 common, compulsory modules. In the second year, you take 6 compulsory modules. In the third year, you take an additional 2 compulsory modules and 2 option modules, and complete a work-related project.

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