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BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress and succeed on to your undergraduate course, having developed essential knowledge of computing and employability skills in the process.

Course Details

Course Overview

Do you have a passion for computing? Are you fascinated by modern technologies? 

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme focuses on the technical aspects of computing, placing a strong emphasis on programming skills. This will help you to attain the vital technical knowledge required to pursue a range of IT careers, as well as the transferable employability skills needed to secure your first role. 

The Computer Science with Foundation Year is ideal if you are just beginning your journey into the world of computing and don’t meet the standard entry requirements.

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With projections suggesting the UK has the potential to create a further three million new technology jobs by 2025 (techuk.org), the demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong. 

 With a strong focus on programming (using Java and Python), the course includes a variety of software development, database, web development and networking units. You will also look at web APIs, JSON, HTML5 and big data analytics. 

  • Develop a range of broadly applicable IT skills such as programming, databases, networking, usability and web technologies 
  • Build communication, project management, teamwork and presentation skills through group and project work 
  • Develop extensive knowledge of computer programming.  
Full Time and 4 Years
September, January, May
  • The future is becoming more and more digital. Our blended learning approach allows you to develop all necessary skills to thrive in the digital era. You’ll get the best of both worlds with a balance of face-to-face and online teaching, building your confidence ready for success in the digital workplace.   

    Receiving the same number of live contact hours as face-to-face programmes, a typical timetable may include:  

    • Daytime students – If you are a daytime student, you will typically have 2 days of tuition per week – your sessions will be on-campus for 1 of those days and the other day will take place live online.  
    • Evening and weekend students – Evening and weekend blended timetables will typically follow one of the below patterns each week:  
      • 2 evenings live online and 1 weekend day face-to-face on-campus, or   
      • 2 evenings face-to-face on-campus and 1 weekend day live online   


Foundation year
Problem Solving
Foundation Mathematics
Group Technology Project
Digital Media Technologies
Foundation Computing
Individual Degree Related Project

Year 1
UX – User Experience
Introduction to Networks and Security
Problem Solving Through Programming
Introduction to Databases
Data Analysis Tools and Application
Web Technologies

Year 2
Advanced Database Systems
Object Oriented Development
Analytics & Business Intelligence
Research Methods Project
Human-Computer Interaction
Web Application Development

Year 3
Contemporary Web Applications
UX Strategies
Data Science
Industrial Consulting Project
Dissertation Project (40 credits)

Academic requirements

  • 48 UCAS points
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • We will consider mature students who haven’t recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.

To learn more about the international equivalencies we accept, please see the Country Specific Entry Requirements.

English language requirements

  • GCSE English at Grade 4/C or above
  • IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent. (Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test)

Please note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.

London, Manchester,
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