Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science with Foundation Year

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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course Summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the skills you need to write the software of tomorrow.
  • Develop complex software and systems using analytical and mathematical approaches.
  • Understand the fundamental principles behind the software that powers our world.
Computer science provides a deep understanding of practical applications of computation in areas ranging from programming language design to everyday software systems. This course is aimed at anyone who wants to become a programmer, understands and can build on the fundamental principles behind the software that underpins modern society. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Computer Science course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree. The combination of learning methods across the course allow you to develop a range of skills through problem-solving activities, practical implementations and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development. You learn through:
  • hands-on tutorials
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • self-study
In the foundation year, you'll build on your existing knowledge and experience, developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You'll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you'll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills. Applied learning Work placements You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You are supported by placement tutors and a college placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement. Although a placement year is not mandatory, the department has a strong track record in finding placements. Live projects The course includes a professional project which challenges you to solve real world problems, possibly with an external client, while developing team and project management skills. Networking opportunities Employers and industry practitioners are an influential part of the design, content and teaching of the course. The employability focus of the course is supported by frequent involvement of employers and IT professionals.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Compulsory modules Computing Projects 120 Year 2 Compulsory modules Databases And The Web 20 Fundamentals Of Mathematics And Computer Architectures 20 Programming For Computer Science 20 Software Projects 60 Year 3 Compulsory modules Advanced Programming 20 Algorithms And Data Structures 20 Networked Software Development 20 Professional Software Projects 40 Elective modules Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1 20 Handling Data In The Cloud 20 Introduction To Compilers 20 Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year - Final year Compulsory modules Concurrent And Parallel Systems 20 Project (Technical Computing) 40 Software Architecture And Design 20 Elective modules Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 2 20 Computer Graphics 20 Effective C++ Programming 20 Foreign Language 20 Functional Programming 20 Platform Development 20 Robotics 20 Secure Software Engineering 20

Assessment method

Coursework Exams

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject. Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/computing/bsc-honours-computer-science-with-foundation-year/full-time

Additional entry requirements

Other

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject. Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment. Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2021 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2022/23 are £9,250 per year. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year.
Computer Science with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS