Computer Science with Foundation Year at University of Derby - UCAS

Course summary

Software is everywhere, running everything from our desktop computers and mobile phones to home appliances, games consoles, cars, planes and industrial machinery. On this course, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of current issues in Computing and Mathematics. Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE

  • WORKING WITH INDUSTRY: We’re renowned for our contacts with employers, and you’ll benefit from this by being set challenging projects and having the option to take a placement year.
  • EXPERT STAFF: You’ll join a friendly community including our enthusiastic Computing Society and research-active lecturers. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with research projects which our teaching team are working on.
  • FACILITIES: Use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard labs including Python, Visual Studio, Unreal Engine, Unity, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Azure Cloud Services and DirectX/OpenGL. You'll also have access to our XR (cross-reality) lab and Makerspace - a dedicated, student-led facility where you can turn your ideas into prototypes.
  • FLEXIBILITY: After completing your first year, you’ll have the option to transfer to another degree in our Computing portfolio including BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming and BSc (Hons) Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
  • NO EXAMS: We’ll assess you via other methods throughout your degree.
  • You'll study applied computer science with a strong emphasis on practical programming skills. In the first year, you'll cover the fundamentals of computer science before studying a range of areas in your second and third years, including programming, network systems, software engineering, AI and operating systems. You'll also have the option to tailor your degree to your specific interests in your third year with a range of optional modules.
HOW YOU’LL LEARN: You will learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, and e-learning. Instead of exams, a variety of assessment methods are used. Some modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of: 
  • Coursework
  • Portfolios
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Oral and graphic presentations
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork projects
  • Computer-based testing
YOUR CAREER: Our Computer Science course is employment focused with industry-standard technologies that ensure you will have the skills and confidence when you graduate to secure the right role in this expanding and exciting industry. You could go on to roles such as: 
  • Software Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Architect
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Network Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Engineer
You will also develop wide-ranging skills, such as numerical and analytical skills, teamwork and project management.  STUDY OPTIONS: This course is also available without a Foundation Year option and a Placement Year option.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Qualification requirements

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900 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 £14900 Year 1

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