University of East London

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year

Computer science incorporates a number of specialist areas underpinning the digital technologies we use every day. Our course is taught by leading researchers who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this rapidly changing field to ensure you're up to date with the latest developments.

You'll learn the main areas of the discipline, including software engineering, Artificial Intelligence, information security and data analytics, as well as computer systems, databases and networks.

In addition to the technical knowledge you'll need to pursue a career in this field, you'll learn about the impact of technology on individuals, organisations and society. With a work-based learning module embedded within the course, you'll also have the chance to develop your skills in the workplace and enhance your CV.

At the University of East London we have BCS Accreditation, Microsoft IT Academy and CompTIA Academy status, so your qualification will be recognised and valued anywhere in the IT sector.

Our  Computer Science with Foundation Year programme is perfect if you want a degree in the field, but do not have the standard entry requirements. The purpose of the extra Foundation year is to prepare you for your Computer Science programme, equipping you with the necessary academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Think of almost any business sector that exists and then imagine it without computer systems. Tough, isn't it? That's because industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services all rely on computers and software to function effectively.

As a graduate from the University of East London, you'll have a solid understanding of the main disciplines that fall under the computer science banner.

With a BCS accredited degree and our status as a Microsoft IT and CompTIA Academy your degree will be respected within the IT sector and further afield.

A computer science degree is the perfect springboard for a career in almost any sector, in addition to the tech and digital industries.

Roles you could go into include:

  • Information security
  • Software design
  • Data analytics
  • Software engineering
  • Network, system or database administration
  • Systems architecture
  • Education
  • Technical sales

This qualification also lends itself to postgraduate study and research. Or, if you have an entrepreneurial impulse, we can support you with that too and give you help and advice on launching your own start-up.

Course Details

Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to apply your skills to a range of practical problems. In your first year, you'll gain a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals, including information systems modelling and design, software development, networks, web technologies and mathematics tailored to computing.

In your second year you'll learn about databases, web and mobile applications development, and data structures, and will complete a 70 hour work placement.

For your final year you'll have the chance to specialise in areas such as mobile application development, network security, distributed systems and artificial intelligence.

You'll be encouraged and supported to find work experience to enhance your practical skills, and we'll help you to find a work placement if you choose to work for a year in the industry during your course.

In addition to your practical skills, you'll learn about the social and cultural implications of the digital revolution, gaining an understanding of professional and ethical issues in computer science.

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Foundation Year

Key Skills
Mental Wealth; Professional Life (Group Project)
Level 4 Primers
Applied Maths
Introduction to Computing
Business Information Systems

Year 1

Information Systems Modelling and Design
Software Development
Maths for Computing
Computer Systems and Networks
Web Technologies
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1 (IT Project Pitching)

Year 2

Database Systems
Data Structures & Algorithms
Web and Mobile App Development
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 2 (Computing in Practice)
Advanced Programming
Data Communications and Networks

Year 3

Computer and Network Security
Artificial Intelligence
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 3 (Project)
Formal Methods
Advanced Topics in Computer Science

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