University of Central Lancashire

Computer Science (Foundation Entry) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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On this challenging and practical course, you’ll examine the application of innovative technology to solve commercial and industrial computing problems. Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills preparing you for a variety of careers. The first foundation year introduces technical skills and develops the confidence and academic skills required for Honours-level study. You’ll develop essential computing skills in your second year with students on other courses. This lets you switch from computing to a more specialised course if it is more appropriate to your career plans. If you want the breadth of study offered by computing, you choose two routes from: Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development and Computer Networks. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.

You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year/third year if on Foundation entry. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills to produce a multi-skilled graduate capable of succeeding in a variety of careers. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.

A broad skills base will allow you to pursue a range of careers without specialist entry requirements. One of our graduates is working for NATO. Others are working in local industry for organisations such as BAE. Several other graduates have gone on to teach in primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Many of our graduates continue studying, mostly at MSc level, but some embark on PhDs. Good graduates can take a taught MSc in: Agile Software Projects or IT Security; an MRes in: Child Computer Interaction; or a research degree: MSc (By Research), MPhil or PhD

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to Software Development, Investigating IT, Problem-solving for Computing, Study Skills 1 – Learning How to Learn, Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills, Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2: Computing Challenge, Games Concepts, Introduction to Networking, Programming, Introduction to Programming, Computer Systems and Security, Systems Analysis & Database Design

Year 3: Software Development, Advanced Programming, The Agile Professional, Computational Thinking, Database Systems, HCI and User Experience

Year 4: Advanced Software Engineering Techniques, Object Oriented Methods in Computing, Honours Project, TWO modules from the following including at most ONE of the modules marked (): Computer Graphics (), Internet of Things (*), Wireless and Mobile, Bio-Inspired Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Database Systems, Games for the Internet

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CS15
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points
A level 72 UCAS points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 72 UCAS points
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS points
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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