Passionate about computing careers, but not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Coming to computing with no formal background in the subject? This one-year computing foundation is the ideal way to learn essential programming, web design, networking and security skills before starting a specialist three-year course. Our computing courses are part of the School of Media Arts and Technology, where there are courses covering every aspect of computing and media technology. On completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to join the first year of a course within the computing area. You’ll get to grips with the basics of computer programming by taking part in creative and fun practical projects. These will be carried out under the guidance of a teaching team with a wide portfolio of experience and skills. Personal development is crucial - you will be supported in improving your academic confidence and start on the road to becoming an independent learner. We encourage teamwork and cross-discipline collaboration, both of which are highly valued by employers. Solent’s computing team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. You will be encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements, attend industry events and learn from specialist guest speakers. Our talented and supportive team – many of whom have direct and current industry experience - teach on this computing degree course, so they’ll know exactly what skills you need to move successfully forward. What does this course lead to? Upon successful completion of this one-year foundation course, students will progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing course. Who is this course for? This foundation course is ideally suited to students who want to earn a specialist degree in an area of computing, but don’t yet hold the qualifications or experience required to start on the first year of an undergraduate course.
FOUNDATION MODULES Digital Media Technologies Foundation Computing Foundation Mathematics Group Technology Project Individual Degree Related Project Problem Solving If you successfully pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the 3 year Computing course where you will study the following modules: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Problem solving through Programming Introduction to Networks and Security UX Introduction to Databases Data Analysis, Tools and Application Web Technologies YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Research Methods Project Web Application Development Advanced Database Systems Analytics and Business Intelligence Object Oriented Design and Development Human Computer Interaction YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Dissertation Project Data Science Industrial Consulting Project YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year) DevOps Contemporary Web Applications Immersive Technologies UX Strategies
The computing foundation year is assessed entirely through coursework. Coursework projects will require you to bring together and demonstrate your overall understanding of the topics covered.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. This must be a Secure English Language Test (SELT)|
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£12400||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries
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