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BSc (Honours) Computer Science with Foundation Year

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Computer Science with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in computer science, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 from 6.30am on Thursday 18 August.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

 

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A022
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the skills you need to write the software of tomorrow.
  • Develop complex software and systems using analytical and mathematical approaches.
  • Understand the fundamental principles behind the software that powers our world.

Computer science provides a deep understanding of practical applications of computation in areas ranging from programming language design to everyday software systems. This course is aimed at anyone who wants to become a programmer, understands and can build on the fundamental principles behind the software that underpins modern society.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Computer Science course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

The combination of learning methods across the course allow you to develop a range of skills through problem-solving activities, practical implementations and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development.

In the foundation year, you'll build on your existing knowledge and experience, developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You'll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you'll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

You learn through

  • hands-on tutorials
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • self-study

Course leaders and tutors

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Michael Marriott
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

You are supported by placement tutors and a college placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement. Although a placement year is not mandatory, the department has a strong track record in finding placements.

Live projects

The course includes a professional project which challenges you to solve real-world problems, possibly with an external client, while developing team and project management skills.

Networking opportunities

Employers and industry practitioners are an influential part of the design, content and teaching of the course. The employability focus of the course is supported by frequent involvement of employers and IT professionals.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Computer Science have gone on to work for

  • computer-science related research and development
  • software development and engineering
  • mobile app development
  • web development
  • IBMClock DigitalPlusNetServelec GroupNext

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

You are introduced to the major programming languages, including

  • C/C+/li>
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • SQL

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.


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Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Foundations In Computing Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Databases And The Web Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Mathematics And Computer Architectures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming For Computer Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Software Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Algorithms And Data Structures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Networked Software Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional Software Projects Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Handling Data In The Cloud Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Concurrent And Parallel Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Software Architecture And Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Functional Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Robotics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Secure Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF, 246.1KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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This course has places available in clearing. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 from 6.30am on Thursday 18 August.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

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