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Computing Foundation

Foundation course

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

This one-year course is designed to improve your general skills in computing, mathematics and information technology. Successful completion allows you to progress onto one of our degree courses in computing or mathematics, subject to meeting specific course entry requirements.

This course will provide you with:

  • the mathematical skills you need for the first year of a computer-related degree 
  • the study skills you need for a degree-level course 
  • an understanding of the basic operation of a computer, including programming concepts 
  • a range of transferable skills in self-management, learning skills, communication, problem solving, teamwork and information technology. 

Typical offers

UCAS points: 64

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS code

G406

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Laboratory and practical sessions will give you hands-on experience with the latest software.
  • Surgery sessions are held in mathematics to help you to bridge any gaps in your mathematical skills.
  • There is high demand for graduates in all areas of computing and information technology - this course is an excellent start to a career in this fast moving and expanding industry.

Our aim is to provide you with an education in the technology that will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to pursue a degree course in computing and to develop your career in industry or commerce. We wish to encourage you to adopt a critical and independent approach to learning. It is very important to "learn how to learn”. After having successfully completed the course you will be offered admission to a computing related degree according to your needs and qualifications.

The course covers core subjects in computing principles, and helps develop your mathematical and study skills. The material is of A-level standard and prepares you for a university degree course in broad computing-related subjects including media technology, networking, IT and software design.

 

Study modules

This is normally a one-year course and you will need to take a total of eight modules in two semesters. As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Module list

You will need to take the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundations of Computer Systems
  • Foundations of Computer Programming
  • Study Skills and Preparation for Higher Education
  • Essential Mathematics for University Study

You will have to choose other modules from the following list:

  • Foundations of Business
  • Basic Survey Methods
  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Mathematical Methods I and II
  • Basic Electronic Engineering Principles
  • Foundations of Robotics
  • Database IT Skills
  • Graphics and the Web
  • Basic Communications and PC Networking 

Study abroad

To find out whether you can study or work abroad while on this course, please email studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Planned next generation facilities

This programme is currently based in purpose-built facilities at the Wheatley Campus. As we continue our estates strategy for the future we are planning next-generation facilities for computing, networking and digital media courses, with the continuing aim of providing an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, practical activities, problem-solving classes and tutorial support. Most modules make use of an e-learning site where you have access to discussion forums, self-assessment quizzes and online material.

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods are varied but mainly focused on practical work. Most modules are assessed using a combination of examination and coursework, although some are assessed totally by coursework. Assessment can take many forms, including class tests and assessed practical work using innovative applications of information technology.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,730 2018/19: £14,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Undergraduate fee levels for 2018/19 have not yet been announced by the government and are therefore yet to be confirmed. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level for new and returning Home/EU students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 64

A-level: CC or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 24 points

BTEC: MPP or MM

Mature students with relevant experience, including a substantial period of suitable employment, are welcome to apply.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 DD equivalent for this course will be 48 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language grade C minimum

You should be aged at least 18 and hold recognised qualifications to A-level standard, but with grades insufficient for entry to a degree-level course.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

You will normally be required to attend an interview (usually between November and March) before an offer is made. Offers and the level of offers are dependent on performance at interview and may be slightly higher or lower than the typical offer above.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

 Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a hub for UK-based computing and technology firms, so our research partnerships and links with industry are hard to beat. Many computing and media students take up work placements within Oxfordshire-based companies.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

On successfully completing the course you will transfer onto one of the Oxford Brookes computing-related degree courses.

Further study

Successful completion of the course enables you to progress onto one of our degree courses in computing or mathematics, subject to meeting the specific entry requirements of the particular course. In Semester 2 you will be asked which course you wish to join.