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Foundation Year for BSc Programmes

Programme Overview

Foundation year entry provides a perfect route to study for those who do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to one of our BSc undergraduate degrees, 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 successful study 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 on one of the following programmes.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. To provide students with the subject specific skills and knowledge required to study Computing at undergraduate level.
  2. To provide students with the generic skills and knowledge required to study computing at undergraduate level.

Please consult the programme handbook for detailed information.

These are the learning outcomes for the Foundation Year. The learning outcomes for the full BSc can be found on the relevant programme page.

Entry requirements

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.


Two to three days a week. October - July.

Dates & timetables

Please consult the programme schedule for detailed information.

Term Dates

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Course content

The Foundation Year consists of 7 compulsory modules: 90 credits at Level 3 and 30 credits at Level 4. Please see the module list below.

For details of the Level 4, 5 and 6 modules that make up a BSc programme of study, please consult the relevant programme page.