Computer Science with a Foundation Year – BSc (Hons)
Attendance Full Time (3 years)
Do you want to develop the skills needed to be a leading IT professional? BSc Computer Science with a Foundation Year will develop your skills in producing computer systems solutions. You will gain a sound mathematical and scientific understanding alongside developing the professional attitude needed in industry.
While studying your Computer Science degree with us, you’ll also have access to dedicated industry-standard facilities in a fully equipped lab running the latest software. Plus, we’re home to a Cisco Systems, a Microsoft Academy Centre and Amazon Web Services Academy (AWS), so you can rest assured knowing our university course will prepare you for a successful career in the industry.
About the Foundation Year
The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.
What’s covered in the course?
You will study the fundamental concepts of computer science, including computer programming, data structures and algorithms, information systems, computer networks and computer architecture.
You will consolidate your learning by studying advanced subjects that emphasise software engineering skills. You will also be introduced to topics such as operating systems, cyber security, discrete mathematics, and web application development.
Broaden your understanding of computer science by studying specialised subjects like artificial intelligence, cloud computing and wearable computing. In addition, you’ll complete an individual project in order to demonstrate your technical skills and general employability in preparation for your future career.
The individual project simulates typical workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific area of computer science. You’ll consider wider issues and develop the ability to manage activities and resources, as well as generate, implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives.
Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our expert teaching staff, all of whom have a wide range of research and industrial experience in areas such as computer security and software engineering, which they use to enhance the curriculum.
Thanks to our strong partnerships with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the Oracle Academy, you’ll have enviable access to leading industry knowledge. This is complemented by the Cisco Systems and Microsoft Academy Centre, both of which are based here.
This course has been carefully designed to provide you with a comprehensive academic background that combines the professional skills that will set you apart from your peers.
You’ll be based at Millennium Point building at our City Centre Campus, where you’ll have at your fingertips an array of professional-standard facilities with which to develop your key practical skills and consolidate your academic learning.
My studies helped me a great deal, they gave me the knowledge needed to be a successful developer and an all-round software literate. The great thing about my course is that it focused on all aspects of software which is a great attribute to have when searching for a job. Ansar Nazir
Why Choose Us?
- You’ll have access to dedicated industry-standard facilities in our own fully equipped laboratory. Based within our Millennium Point building, you’ll be able to undertake work such as artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, mobile and web application development, and project management.
- We are home to a Cisco Systems and a Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.
- You can attain a range of vendor certificates, including LPI 1 Beta certification and Cisco networking certificates, while studying for your degree.
- We have strong links with companies such as Oracle, LPI, Microsoft, AWS and Apple, which ensure that the course is relevant and respected by employers.