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BSc in Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year

Programme Overview

The BSc Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year is designed for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, who do not feel they are quite ready for an undergraduate degree, or who are returning to study after a significant break and need extra help and support.

The foundation year element of the Programme provides the core knowledge and skills required for the successful study of Data Science and Computing at undergraduate level. It includes modules covering introductory, subject-specific areas such as IT, Computing and Programming. It also includes more general generic skills modules, covering approaches to study, academic writing and working in teams. Successful completion of the foundation year enables students to progress to the BSc element of the Programme.

The BSC element of the Programme aims to develop the knowledge, technical skills, and self-directed learning skills required by employers in the fast-evolving world of Data Science and Computing. The primary focus is on developing strong data analytics programming and software engineering skills. Emphasis is also placed on exploring the socio, ethical and legal aspects of Data Science and Computing. At the end of the BSc element of the Programme, students carry out a complex, real-world project.

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To develop knowledge, technical skills and self-directed learning skills in Data Science and Computing, providing an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. With a broad coverage of knowledge of Mathematics and Computing relevant to Data Science, the Programme has strong emphasis on programming and software engineering skills and their interplay with Data Science.

Learning Outcomes

Detailed learning outcomes are described in the Programme Handbook.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS Points. The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test, which includes English and Mathematics components.

Applicants are expected to have GCSE grade C or new grade 4, or equivalent, in English and mathematics.


Up to four days a week (mixture of daytime and evening teaching). October - July.

Dates & timetables

See programme schedule in Downloads.

Term Dates

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS