Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science with Integrated Foundation Year

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Course summary

Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level. If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study. This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge in the domain you want to study. We’ll help nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities through five core modules. After your foundation year, you’ll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skill set and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject when you join other students for the rest of your course. Become a daring computer scientist. New immersive realities, data-rich and informed interactions, automations and ever-more immersive systems are shaping the way we operate and interact with each other – and computer science underpins it all. On this Computer Science BSc, you’ll leverage scientific principles and cutting-edge technology to create new and compelling products and services. We champion an applied approach to making innovative software in a way that mirrors industry practice, so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you graduate. You will: Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period Gain hands-on experience, immersing yourself in computer programming and software engineering to build your own software Join a community of technologists spanning diverse specialisms, from games, immersive, web, robotics, artificial intelligence and user experience Benefit from our strong track record of market-led incubation and entrepreneurial ethos, working on projects in partnership with RealWORKS and Cornwall Business School to realise and launch your own products and services Leverage user-centred design thinking and incorporate cutting-edge advances into the digital products and services you create Collaborate in multidisciplinary Agile teams to realise projects with real commercial potential


This is a course focused and tailored to meet the needs of the high-growth digital sector, giving graduates skills ranging from the foundations of computer science to producing real projects as part of multi-skilled teams, from across the Games Academy and wider university. You'll gain the theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience and business insight to become an innovative and resilient computer scientist. Foundation Year: In your foundation year, you'll study five core modules: three short modules in the first study block and two in the second (one short, one long). These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of both creative practice and your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. After your foundation year, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject when you join other students for the rest of your course. Modules: Explore Technique Apply Industry Launch Year One: Your first year will be shared with all courses in the computing subject area. Working within the Games Academy, you'll develop a foundational knowledge of the discipline and the various branches of computer science. You’ll get a practical introduction to programming and computer technology, as well as learning about the pipelines and processes used to create engaging digital products and services.. Modules: Principles of Computing Digital Creativity Development Foundations Data Fundamentals Individual Programming Project Multidisciplinary Teamwork Year Two: The second year involves much deeper specialism in computer science, with modules in complex problem solving, web technologies, distributed systems, algorithms and optimisation and mathematics for computer scientists. You will also work in partnership with peers in Cornwall Business School on challenge-led briefs to deliver commercially-minded projects. Modules: Complex Problem Solving Computational Mathematics Web Technologies Distributed Systems Algorithms & Optimisation Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Year Three: In your third year, you’ll develop greater intellectual freedom, both as an individual but also in tackling a challenge in collaboration with others. With modules focusing on developing your personal specialism alongside stretching your collaboration skills and a rigorous module in Advanced Computer Science, at the end of this year, you’ll have experience working on multidisciplinary teams and delivering a substantial development project. Modules: Research & Development: Proposal Advanced Topics in Computer Science Future Skills Research & Development: Dissertation Major Collaboration The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

Foundation Year assessments are 100% coursework based Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. Progressing in your specialism Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course. Your specialism You’ll be assessed through coursework only. This can take many forms, including: Practical projects Papers Pitches Portfolios Designed to mirror industry practice, you’ll be continually assessed on group projects through a group working strategy.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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