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Computing and Electronics (Foundation Year)

The Foundation Year course is a one-year full-time programme to allow students from a variety of different academic backgrounds to achieve the entry requirements for BSc/BEng programmes within the School of Applied Computing.

The course, which has two streams (Computing or Electronics), offers a grounding in the skills required for students' target programme of study, and includes instruction in academic writing, problem-solving, programming, electronics and maths.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year gives a guaranteed place on the undergraduate degrees offered by the School (BSc Applied Computing, Cloud Computing, Cloud Software Development, Data and Information Systems, Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, Games Development, Software Engineering, Web Development or BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering)

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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

STEM Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1
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STEM Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Electronics Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SES1
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Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Gaynor Thomas

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

The School of Applied Computing has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree. We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Foundation Year, which is also offered as a stand-alone CertHE, is designed to allow students to gain the correct skills for entry on to BSc/BEng programmes within the School of Applied Computing. Two streams are offered in the following areas:

  • Computing Stream
  • Electronics Stream

All streams have core common modules offering instruction in skills such as Maths, Science and Academic Writing. Each stream also has specialised modules relating to the area of study (see modules below for details)

Following the successful completion of the Foundation Year (CertHE), students will qualify for entry on to the following degree programmes as follows:

  • Computing Stream -> All degree programmes of the BSc Computing Portfolio (eg Software Engineering, Networks etc)
  • Electronics Stream -> BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Module Topics

Common to both streams:

  • Academic Skills (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Maths and Science (20 credits)

Computing Stream also study:

  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)

Electronics Stream also study:

  • Introduction to Electronics (20 credits)
Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written a report and presentation.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. For more information contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Major Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade achieved. 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.