Birmingham City University

Computing and Information Technology with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Looking for a versatile IT course in the UK? Study with us in the exciting city of Birmingham. Our multidisciplinary BSc Computing and Information Technology with a Foundation Year degree will equip you with the technical and managerial skills you'll need to embark on a successful IT career.

You'll use first-class, industry-standard equipment and labs, and have the chance to put your academic learning into practice on a placement year – all of which will prepare you for an information technology career with a range of companies. We’re also an academy for Microsoft and Cisco systems with strong industry links.

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 programme 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.

What's covered in the course?

This course is for you if you want to combine a highly rigorous academic qualification with real-life practical work experiences, enabling you to put your learning into innovative practice.

You'll be based at our flagship City Centre Campus, where you'll use dedicated, industry-standard facilities to research and work on enterprise software and virtual environments to develop business solutions and real-time systems.

You will develop the strategic mind-set to address global challenges; the kind that that businesses and communities face on a day-to-day basis to maintain their digital infrastructure. You'll have access to virtual learning environments, as well as networking, electronic, enterprise systems and business intelligence laboratories.

We are preparing you for the workplace. You'll learn computing and information technology skills that are needed to design, develop, operate and maintain effective systems. You’ll use your computing knowledge to provide and apply IT solutions that will continually evolve. We ensure you are able to innovate in order to deliver business value and sustainable solutions.

It's not just about academic and technical knowledge – we'll also help to develop your personal skills so that you can work effectively as a team member and problem solve at the highest level. This will not only enhance your employability levels, it will make you stand out from the crowd.

Throughout your course you'll be supported by expert teaching staff, many of whom have worked in the field, are active in research and are continually innovating with industry.

Why Choose Us?

  • We're a leading academy for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

  • This course enables you to work towards Microsoft, Cisco, Linux and Oracle certifications and professional body qualifications too.

  • We collaborate with prestigious organisations such as IBM, APC by Schneider Electric, Atos, Co-Op, Philips and the Chartered Institute for IT (the British Computer Society).

  • You will have the opportunity to participate in renowned international programmes and competitions.

  • You will have the opportunity and support to create a start-up business using ideas spawned during your course – several recent undergraduates on this course have done just that.

  • You'll have the opportunity to negotiate your learning outcomes in a working placement, either through a start-up project or business project.

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 I10A
Institution code B25
Campus name Millennium Point Campus
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level BB Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.
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. Including 12 technical credits at Merit or Distinction.
Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
AS AC Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
Extended Project Combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language/English Literature
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Level 2 qualifications must be achieved at the point of application.

City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Scottish National 5
Scottish Intermediate 2 - grade CC
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication.

Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22
HNC (BTEC) P
HND (BTEC) P
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates
"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) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
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).
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) DM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM
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 CDD.  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).
Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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