Computer Science with Foundation Year

University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Our foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you. On this degree, you’ll study computer science with a strong emphasis on practical programming skills. It has a superb graduate employment record and offers the option of a year in industry. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? This Computer Science degree will prepare you for a successful career: 100% of Computer Science graduates were in a professional or managerial role within six months, according to the latest survey*. Our tutors are experienced computer scientists and ex-industry professionals who have great connections and experience. As well as practical programming skills, you’ll cover areas like computational mathematics, networks and security, databases, graphics, and distributed systems. *Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU? This Computer Science degree will suit you if you’re both creative and mechanically minded, a logical thinker, and have a strong interest in the technical side of computing. HOW YOU WILL LEARN There’s a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. We focus on developing your practical programming skills using the latest software development tools in labs that are equal to industry’s. The team project in the second year will challenge you to think innovatively and deal with open-ended problems; it will also develop your organisational and negotiating skills. OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES If you choose to spend your third year on placement, you'll gain vital experience and learn how your knowledge and skills can be applied. This will give you a distinct advantage when applying for graduate jobs. CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY There’s a high demand for skills in software development. The majority of computing jobs require software development abilities and experience, so whether you want to be a software engineer, project manager, technical architect or chief technology officer, this degree will help you get there.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeI10F
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths and English.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14045 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 University of Derby - UCAS