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University of Southampton

Computer Science with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: I101

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable. We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Distinction, Distinction in the Engineering Design or Mechatronic Engineering AQA Tech Level 3, plus grade B in one A level subject (excluding Maths) Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which at least 30 credits, including all credits from graded maths modules, must be graded Distinction and the remainder must be graded Merit. We accept Engineering, Computer Science or Science Level 3 Access courses only. Applicants should offer at least one maths module.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

D3, M2, M2 in three Principal subjects If you have not taken the correct Principal subjects required for direct entry e.g. mathematics and normally a second required subject such as physics, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

A typical offer for the IB is Pass with 32 points overall, with 16 points required at Higher Level including 5 points in Standard or Higher Level Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation). Please note that we cannot accept the combination of subjects that make you eligible for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. taking both Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

A typical offer is H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 If you have not taken the subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at higher level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve grade B in one A level subject (excluding Maths) plus Cambridge Technical Diploma in Engineering (Level 3) with overall grade of Distinction, Distinction. Additionally Distinctions are required in Maths for Engineering and Applied Maths for Engineering modules. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve AB in two A-Levels plus Cambridge Extended Certificate in Engineering (Level 3) with Distinction Additionally Distinctions are required in both Maths for Eng or Applied Maths for Eng (if studied) If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering (Level 3) with overall grade Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. Additionally Distinctions are required in Maths for Engineering and Applied Maths for Engineering modules.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

A typical offer is DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A-level subject Distinctions are required in Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians where studied If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable..

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma, the subject must be one of: • Aeronautical Engineering • Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Electrical/ Electronic Engineering • Manufacturing Engineering Additionally, distinctions are required in Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians We do not accept any other BTEC subjects.

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

DD

A typical offer is DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A-level subject Distinctions are required in Further Engineering Mathematics and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems modules where studied If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

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

D

A typical offer is D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB in two A-levels If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

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

DDD

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma, the subject must be one of: • Aeronautical Engineering • Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Electrical/ Electronic Engineering • Manufacturing Engineering Additionally, distinctions are required in Further Engineering Mathematics and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems modules. We do not accept any other BTEC subjects.

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

A typical offer is D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in two A-levels If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. For example, S5 – S6 (2 years): AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year): ABBBB (A in specific subject). Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4" We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner's potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

ABB from 3 A levels or AB from two A levels including and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate If you have not taken the A-Level subjects required for direct entry to your chosen course e.g. maths and normally a second science subject at A-level, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Please refer to our website for details about subject restrictions. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

UCAS Tariff

128

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer science

This one-year full-time course is integrated with a further four-year undergraduate degree, and will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to successfully meet the challenges of our MEng Computer Science degree.

It is aimed at those who are highly motivated but who don’t have the traditional qualifications of UK mathematics and physics A Levels.

Successful completion of this Foundation Year guarantees progression to one of seventeen subject areas, including Computer Science.

You will study full time through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, and independent study, with three hours of laboratory practical work each week.

Modules

Whichever degree you are aiming for you will take six core modules: Electricity and Electronics, Engineering Principles, Coursework (including computer applications), Mathematics A and B, Mechanical Science, and Routes to Success.

International students with an overall IELTS score of between 5.5 and 6.5 will replace one of the six modules above with English for Engineers and Scientists.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework activities such as formal reports and laboratory reports – all of which you will encounter as typical assessment methods throughout your degree.

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
£18,852
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Electronics and Computer Science

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.

75%
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

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

99%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

£30,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

80%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Information technology technicians
5%
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.

£30k

£30k

£42k

£42k

£41k

£41k

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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