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Computing Foundation

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths grade 4 Normally require GCSE English grade 4

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Computer science

Do you want to pursue a degree in computing but lack the necessary qualifications? If so, our Computing Foundation course is for you.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to progress to an undergraduate degree in computing including hands-on experience with the latest software. Our course covers: computing, mathematics, information technology, programming , networking and robotics.

And you will gain skills in:
- self-management

- communication

- problem solving

- teamwork.

We teach mathematics at different levels and surgery sessions are available to help you to bridge any gaps.

After successfully completed the course you can progress to any of our computing related degrees.

There is a high demand for graduates in all areas of computing and a degree in computing is a great start to careers in:
- software development

- network security

- computer applications

- managing information

- scientific research.

Modules

The course covers core subjects in IT and computing principles, and helps develop your mathematical and presentation skills. The material is of A-level standard and prepares you for a university degree course in a broad range of subjects, such as media technology and software design. You will use laboratory and practical sessions to gain hands-on experience of the latest software. You will also be introduced to programming. Mathematics is taught at different levels so you can choose the one most appropriate for you. You will have the opportunity to develop your study and IT skills. In Semester 2 you will choose which course you want to study at degree level, and gain the necessary theoretical background, and experience of the teaching methods and notation used in your chosen subject.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,200
per year
International
£15,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Oxford Brookes University

Department:

Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

57%
low
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

56%
Staff make the subject interesting
65%
Staff are good at explaining things
60%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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