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OU launches new foundation degree in IT

The Open University has launched a new foundation degree - 'Computing and Its Practice' - aimed at advancing the skills of staff working in entry-level IT.

Course chair, Anthony Meehan said: "For employers, this foundation degree enables them to invest in staff that they identify as having the potential to gain from acquiring both academic and vocational IT skills.

"And for students we enable them to learn without taking a break from their careers. Whether they're in voluntary or paid employment, students can work with their employer to plan their career development as part of the programme of study."

The foundation degree in Computing and its Practice focuses on applications development, client-server support, and systems development and administration.

During the work-based learning module of the course, which involves three six-month 'cycles', the student, working with the University and their employer, develops a programme of activities based around their current job which is designed to meet their own needs as well as those of their employer.

According to the Open University, part-time study takes approximately three-to-four years and, looking ahead, the organisation says students can also study top-ups to gain Honours Degrees.

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