School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year

Fascinated by computers, programming and the endless possibilities of the web? Perhaps you've shown evidence of good academic potential, but don’t have sufficient qualifications or have been out of formal education for a while. This new four year degree route incorporates a foundation year and will develop your computing skills and knowledge. Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to progress onto Year 1 of our computing degrees.

You will study core skills from computer programming to web development. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to progress to a future career in areas from business analytics to software development. You will also benefit from experienced lecturers and confidently progress to one of our degree courses.

Key features

Course details

  • Foundation year
  • During this foundation year, we'll introduce you to how computers and electronic systems operate. You will write computer programmes and develop an understanding of software development. An individual project is designed to help you progress to the Computing degree you want to study. Provided you achieve a pass level of 50 per cent or above, you can progress to the first year of any of our computing degrees.
    Core modules
    • SOFT051 Computer Programming

      This module introduces students to fundamental computer programming concepts, which allow information to be stored, processed and presented. It includes fundamental aspects of web-application development, persistent data storage (relational databases), user-interface design, and the use of an integrated-development environment (IDE).

    • CNET050 Computer Systems

      The purpose of the computer systems module is to provide an introduction to modern computer systems hardware and software. The module will help students to prepare for further study. The second term will introduce more advanced topics in computing.

    • ROCO051 Robotics

      The module introduces basic electronics with applications to control of robotics. Lectures, laboratory measurements and practical construction experience underpin the learning. Lecture materials have a close link with practical works in the laboratory.

    • SOFT050 Computing Project

      Each student will undertake a project relevant to their chosen degree programme with the agreement of the module leader.

    • MATH057 Data Mining and Algorithms

      This module provides the basic skills required to discover patterns in data. Students will learn how to solve problems by analysing data. The course provides essential tools, techniques and algorithms for finding and describing structural patterns. Students will learn to extract useful information from the raw data and communicate their conclusions through the analysis of examples.

    • MATH054 Mathematics for Computing

      This module builds from basics the foundations of mathematics to approximately GCSE grade C. It then broadens out to cover a range of topics suitable for computing students which will enable them to progress to their chosen degree path with confidence.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Computing with Foundation Year Programme Specification September 2017 3801

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

72

A minimum of 2 A levels. Excluding general studies.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: MMP
12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: DM

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses: pass Access course (any subject) including GCSE English and mathematics grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: 24 overall – English and mathematics must be included.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2016 2017
Home/EU Check with School ​£9,250
International Check with School £12,250
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School Check with School
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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Well-equipped specialist laboratories

The laboratories are equipped with specialist software including Oracle, Microsoft Visual Studio, Java, the Adobe Creative Suite and many other key products.

The main corporate operating system is Microsoft Windows, but many laboratories have dual boot systems into other operating systems such as Mac OS X.

Find out more about the specialist laboratories

Studying computing at Plymouth

Hear the views of a student and see some of our facilities.

This short film can help you discover what it is like to study computing at Plymouth.

Opeyemi Ore - graduate profile

Arriving as an international student from Nigeria, I enrolled on the one-year foundation course. I progressed onto BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks.

Senior Manager, Global Information Security Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Find out more about Opeyemi Ore

Meet some of your lecturers