Computer Science with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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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.

Course details


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

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Course codeI10B
Institution code B25
Campus nameMillennium Point Campus
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level 80 UCAS points A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CCDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS 80 UCAS points A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification
Extended Project 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable level 2 qualification:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4
HND (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Computer Science with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS