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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Computer Science with Foundation Year

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Full-time Computing

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


This course is now full for 2019

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2019.

Please see our other undergraduate courses with places available.

 

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 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 2019
Placement available? Yes

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

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.

You learn through

  • hands-on tutorials
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • self-study
  • In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience â€â€ 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.

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Love
Matthew Love
Principal Lecturer & Quality Lead

My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, sy … Read more

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 faculty 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

  • computer-science related research and development
  • software development and engineering
  • mobile app development
  • web development
  • Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Computer Science have gone on to work for

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Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

You are introduced to the major programming languages, including

  • C/C++
  • 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.


Entry requirements

All students

GCSE Maths at grade B or 5 and GCSE English at grade C or 4.

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

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 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

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Algorithms And Data Structures 1 Credits: 20
Module: Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture Credits: 20
Module: Fundamentals Of Programming For Computer Science Credits: 20
Module: Mathematics For Computer Science Credits: 20
Module: Professional Experience And Project Development  Credits: 20
Module: Systems Modelling Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Algorithms And Data Structures 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Database Systems For Software Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Programming Languages Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Group Software Development Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Object-Oriented Programming For Computer Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Software Engineering: Concepts And Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Case Studies In Software Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Concurrent And Parallel Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Functional Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applications: Architectures And Frameworks Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Computer Graphics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Effective C++ Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming "Things" Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 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)

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