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After two-years of intense and dedicated study, I completed my Foundation Degree in Computing Technologies in May 2018, although I have only recently received my final grade. All the hard work has certainly paid dividends as I graduated with a Distinction and believe that I was the top student in the cohort!
Although I specialised in Software Development, the course covered the full-breadth of computing topics, including modules on Databases, Web Development, Networks, Systems Analysis, Computer Systems Architecture, Computers in Business, Designing for the User Experience and Software Development. The programming content covered several different paradigms and languages. I really believe that it has given me the specialist knowledge I need to make a success of my second career as a website and software developer.
The course was run by West Herts College in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I was able to work with some incredible teachers and students alike. The memories will stay with me forever.
Further details on the course can be found here https://www.westherts.ac.uk/courses/higher-education/computing/foundation-degree-in-computing-technologies-software-development/
My first commercial website development project started when Steve Clarke, a Director at Silver Screen Services, came to West Herts College and asked the Software Development students on the Foundation Degree programme for assistance in building a new online presence for his business. Silver Screen Services is a specialist transport operator for the media industry and Steve and his team support many well known TV and film productions. He is the go to man for transport solutions in the media business.
The process started with Steve pitching his requirements to the entire group of students just before our end of year exams. A few of us had a strong interest in web development, formed a small team and submitted the winning proposal. In that short moment, my commercial life as a website and software developer had begun! We started working on the project immediately after our exams in May 2018 and finished it a few months later. The timing was absolutely perfect for us, since we had just completed the web development module in our degree programme and were able to take all this newly acquired knowledge ino a practical, real-life project over the summer months.
In August, we met up with Steve at the College for the last time as a team and demonstrated the new website to him. He was clearly impressed with our endeavours, much to our relief!
We really enjoyed working with Steve and are grateful for the opportunity he gave us.
Clearly, he was also very pleased with his new website. He said “The guys have been brilliant! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process and the students have taken the project forward in the right direction, developing their skills along the way. This is the first time I’ve seen the website and I’m really impressed.”
You can read more about the collaboration here: https://www.westherts.ac.uk/whats-on/news/computer-technologies-students-design-website/
Steve is now a retained customer at Tiago Business Systems Ltd and I look forward to working with him again in the future.