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Sheffield Hallam University

Computer Science with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A022

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:30

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 Maths at grade B or 5

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: CDD at A Level. MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

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 including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Computer science

**Course Summary**
Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
Learn the skills you need to write the software of tomorrow.
Develop complex software and systems using analytical and mathematical approaches.
Understand the fundamental principles behind the software that powers our world.

Computer science provides a deep understanding of practical applications of computation in areas ranging from programming language design to everyday software systems. This course is aimed at anyone who wants to become a programmer, understands and can build on the fundamental principles behind the software that underpins modern society.

**How you learn**
The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Computer Science course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

The combination of learning methods across the course allow you to develop a range of skills through problem-solving activities, practical implementations and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development.

**You learn through**
- hands-on tutorials

- workshops

- discussions

- self-study

In the foundation year, you'll build on your existing knowledge and experience developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You'll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you'll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

You are supported by placement tutors and a faculty placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement. Although a placement year is not mandatory, the department has a strong track record in finding placements.

**Live projects**
The course includes a professional project which challenges you to solve real world problems, possibly with an external client, while developing team and project management skills.

**Networking opportunities**
Employers and industry practitioners are an influential part of the design, content and teaching of the course. The employability focus of the course is supported by frequent involvement of employers and IT professionals.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
You can take an optional placement in year three.

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules
Computing Projects - 120.00 credits
**Year 2**
Compulsory modules
Algorithms And Data Structures 1 - 20.00 credits
Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture - 20.00 credits
Fundamentals Of Programming - 20.00 credits
Mathematics For Computer Science - 20.00 credits
Professionalism And Project Development - 20.00 credits
Systems Modelling - 20.00 credits
**Year 3**
Compulsory modules
Algorithms And Data Structures 2 - 20.00 credits
Database Systems For Software Applications - 20.00 credits
Fundamentals Of Programming Languages - 20.00 credits
Group Software Development Project - 20.00 credits
Object-Oriented Programming For Computer Science - 20.00 credits
Software Engineering: Concepts And Methods - 20.00 credits
**Final year**
Compulsory modules
Case Studies In Software Design - 20.00 credits
Concurrent And Parallel Systems - 20.00 credits
Functional Programming - 20.00 credits
Project (Technical Computing) - 40.00 credits
**Elective modules**
Applications: Architectures And Frameworks - 20.00 credits
Computer Graphics - 20.00 credits
Effective C++ Programming - 20.00 credits
Foreign Language - 20.00 credits
Mobile Applications - 20.00 credits
Programming "Things" - 20.00 credits

Assessment methods

* Coursework
* Exams

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
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

TEF rating:
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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.

78%
med
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£23,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
4%
Engineering 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.

Computer science

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

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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