Computer Networks with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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BSc (Hons) Computer Networks with a Foundation Year, will equip you to take the revolution in communications technology to the next level in our modern, mobile, connected society. You will have access to networked laboratories running the latest software, ensuring you become well acquainted with technologies you’ll encounter when working in the industry. About the Foundation Year The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study course that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate. You’ll take a practice-led approach, making use of equipment and tools found in the workplace, giving you the best preparation for employment. We prioritise the practical skills sought by industry, backing them up with a thorough understanding of theory. You will explore the latest in computing, network, and cloud and server technologies and have the opportunity to gain additional accreditation from Microsoft, Cisco Systems and the Linux Professional Institute. We are also home to Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre. You will study a well-rounded curriculum in computer network engineering, programming, server systems and practice, as well as develop management-level skills such as project and change management to maximise you career potential. Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a network administrator, network services engineer, network architect, network support analyst, data centre engineer, storage and virtualisation analyst, technical infrastructure architect, Linux network administrator, field network technician, service desk analyst, solutions architect, and IT infrastructure specialist. Why Choose Us? •We are home to a Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK. •We are recognised for our excellent research capabilities and extensive industry partnerships. •You will work with industry-standard software development and simulation tools. •You have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement and gain professional qualifications from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Linux Professional Institute.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeI12B
Institution code B25
Campus nameMillennium Point Campus
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level 80 UCAS points A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CCDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS 80 UCAS points A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification
Extended Project 80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable level 2 qualification:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4
HND (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Computer Networks with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS