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Computer Science (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

T Level

P

P (D or E)

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Computer science

**Course Overview**

- Computers are a ubiquitous part of our lives. On our Computer Science Foundation Entry Degree, you get to study the systems and software that permeate our work and leisure.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. They are a great stepping stone to a full degree.

- You’ll study how to design and develop the systems and software that connect us all. There’s an emphasis on software development, including databases and user interface design, and a range of options from AI to the Internet of Things.

- When you qualify as a Computer Scientist you will be equipped with highly desirable skills, enabling you to apply to work in a diverse range of industries.

**Why study with us**

- Learn how to apply computational thinking, study databases and human computer interaction and participate in a team-based software development projects to apply your project management skills.

- You’ll explore the legal responsibilities of software developers and learn how to apply industry-standard software development techniques to modern applications; to manage software projects; and to program effectively in C++.

- This degree will develop your programming and analysis skills, understanding of computer and network technology, and security.

**Further Information**

- This course has initial Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)* accreditation and partial CEng* accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS and the Engineering Council.

*Final accreditation should be confirmed after the first cohort has graduated.

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Software Development, Investigating IT, Problem-solving for Computing, Study Skills 1 – Learning How to Learn, Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills, Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2: Computing Challenge, Games Concepts, Introduction to Networking, Programming, Introduction to Programming, Computer Systems and Security, Systems Analysis & Database Design

Year 3: Software Development, Advanced Programming, The Agile Professional, Computational Thinking, Database Systems, HCI and User Experience

Year 4: Advanced Software Engineering Techniques, Object Oriented Methods in Computing, Honours Project, TWO modules from the following including at most ONE of the modules marked (*): Computer Graphics (*), Internet of Things (*), Wireless and Mobile, Bio-Inspired Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Database Systems, Games for the Internet

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,000
per year
England
£6,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Psychology and Computer Sciences

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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.

64%
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

67%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Information technology technicians
25%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
13%
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.

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

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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