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Computer Science with Foundation Year University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Fascinated by computers, programming and the endless possibilities of the web? Perhaps you've shown evidence of good academic potential, but don’t have sufficient qualifications or have been out of formal education for a while. This new four year degree route incorporates a foundation year and will develop your computing skills and knowledge. Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to progress onto Year 1 of our computing degrees.

You will study core skills from computer programming to web development. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to progress to a future career in areas from business analytics to software development. You will also benefit from experienced lecturers and confidently progress to one of our degree courses.

  • Progress, subject to achieving the relevant technical skills, to the first year of BSc (Hons) Computer and Information Security, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks, BSc (Hons) Computing or BSc (Hons) Computing & Games Development.

  • Study core skills from computer programming to web development.

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to progress to a future career in areas from business analytics to software development.

  • Benefit from experienced lecturers and confidently progress to one of our degree courses.

  • Taught on campus by University lecturers and feel part of the University from the start.

  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree

Course details

Modules

During this foundation year, we'll introduce you to how computers and electronic systems operate. You will write computer programmes and develop an understanding of software development. An individual project is designed to help you progress to the Computing degree you want to study. Provided you achieve a pass level of 50 per cent or above, you can progress to the first year of any of our computing degrees.

Assessment method

18% of assessment is by exam, 79% by coursework and 3% practical assessment


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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 - 48 points To include minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies
A level 32- 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 A Levels. Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Considered in combination
AS Considered in combination
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Maths and English accepted within
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H5, H5, H6, H6 - H5, H5, H5, H5, H5 Maths and English accepted within
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 32 - 48 UCAS points to include minimum 2 Advanced Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Considered in combination

All applicants must have GCSE English and Maths at C/4


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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University of Plymouth
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Plymouth
PL4 8AA


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