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, offers a grounding in the skills required for students' target programme of study, including programming, electronics and maths.
Computing and Electronics
Foundation | 1 Year Programme
UCAS Code: HR3U
STEM Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Electronic Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SES1
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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
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, excluding those listed below
- Computing Stream (with Further Mathematics option) -> BSc Computing (Computer Games Development)
- Electronics Stream -> BEng Electronic Engineering or BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Common to all streams:
- Academic Writing (20 credits)
- Integrating Project (20 credits)
- Mathematics (10 credits)
- Science (10 credits)
- Computer Systems (20 credits)
- Introduction to Computer Programming
- Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits) or Further Mathematics (20 credits)
- Computer Systems (20 credits)
- Further Mathematics
- Introduction to Electronics (20 credits)
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 course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.
Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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