Computer Science (with a foundation year)

Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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The Computer Science degree combines a solid grounding in Computer Science fundamentals with flexibility and choice. On Levels 5 and 6 of your degree you will study core modules (50%) and some option modules (50%), so in total you will choose half your course of study for yourself after Level 4 (as well as the subject topic of your Final Year Project) which means you will be able to tailor your learning to your own interests and build strengths through selecting specific topics which will support your eventual career. Your choice of option modules is very important (and we therefore guide you) since it is necessary as in some cases pre-requisites exist and we aim to work with you to design an appropriate route through all levels of the course. The course offers a balance of practical skills combined with academic rigour in the field of Computer Science. This is a unique offering which builds on the strengths and experience of Staffordshire University in delivering practical scholarship relevant to real world situations. Taking this approach the course puts you at the forefront of leading edge technologies, and this begins by providing you with a solid grounding of the underlying technologies and theories of Computer Science, before moving to advanced topics. We are one of the largest and best resourced computing departments in the UK, our teaching facilities are supported by extensive networked specialist computing labs with the latest software which you will need to exploit the discipline of Computer Science. The Department of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry, and we strive to bring in external speakers and those from industry to provide differing viewpoints of the Computer Science discipline. Your course is designed with input from Google, Amazon, and Cisco. In choosing modules you can elect to study for certifications from Amazon, Cisco, as well as Microsoft in your post assessment periods. The course will prepare you to enter a range of employment roles related to the wider area of Computer Science, with that role depending on the option choices you make in the three years of study. Previous roles have included: system analyst, programmer, real-time systems designer, web developer, and many more diverse roles. Employability is a key theme on the course and you can opt to go out on a work placement year between the second and third year of academic study.

Course details


Year 0 Core: Study Skills and Professional Development, Web Technology and Programming, Networks, Statistics and Probability, Group Project. Year 1 Core: Software Development and Application Modelling, Digital Technologies, Networking Concepts and Cyber Security, Web Development and Operating Systems. Year 2 Core: Commercial Computing, Databases and Data Structures. Options: Routed and Switched Architectures, Enterprise Cloud and Infrastructure Automation, Web Development, Server-Side Programming, Interactive Media, Mobile Application Development, Enterprise Application Development, Digital Forensics: Tools, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics: Systems Year 3 Core: Final Year Project, Data Science and Advanced Data Management. Options: Troubleshooting and Future Technologies, Cutting Edge Web and Augmented Realities, Developing with Web Frameworks, Multiple Devices and User Experience, Web Application Programming, IT Infrastructure Security, Professional Forensic Computing, Emerging Technologies

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeI744
Institution code S72
Campus nameStaffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Computer Science (with a foundation year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS