• computing-foundation-1270x420.jpg

Computing Foundation

Foundation course

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

What you will study
This one-year course provides skills in computing, mathematics and information technology. You will learn how to operate a computer including programming concepts, networking and robotics. The material prepares you for a university degree course. You will learn self-management, communication, problem solving and teamwork. Options include digital media production, robotics and software design. You will get hands-on experience using the latest software in our laboratory and practical sessions. We teach mathematics at different levels, allowing you to choose your level and surgery sessions are available to help you to bridge any gaps.

What next?
There is high demand for graduates in all areas of computing and information technology. This course is excellent preparation for undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes or another institution. There are a wide range of modules that allow you to gain the necessary theoretical background and experience of teaching methods used in higher education. A degree in a computing or mathematics is a great start to careers such as software development, network security, computer applications, managing information and scientific research.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 64

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

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

UCAS code


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 and mathematics-related subjects including technology, networking, mathematics, 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 robotics courses, with the continuing aim of providing an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/20: £14,280

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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 64

A-Level: CC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 24 points



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

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

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

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

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

Specialist facilities

The school has a wide range of computing facilities on it's dedicated technology campus at Wheatley.

Students have access to a range of free software resources including Microsoft and VMWare software through the school’s software licensing subscriptions. 


There are two dedicated secure laboratories which will provide students with ample opportunities to put theory into practice. Students will be able to use the labs to audit an existing network, test security issues on a purpose built IT system, analyse malware and design and implement secure software.


This laboratory is home to wide variety of robots giving our students real-practical opportunities to develop new ideas around this exciting technology. The robots include Artie, a life-size humanoid robot, a quad of Naos, Archie, Robbie, Wendy and Ada, the mini bots and quad who are controlled by apps, and last but by no means least our new addition BLU. BLU is a 3D printed robot which our Robotics students are developing body parts and movement capabilities as part of their course. We have a suite of 3D printers.


Currently this is a research area however undergraduate students can get involved with projects.  The Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance.

With augmented reality and wearables, it is possible to embed knowledge directly into what people experience, enriching the world beyond the visible to allow the creation of novel and powerful forms of feedback on performance. It is PAL’s mission to create the new interface and extend the performance-relevance of HCI, research mixed reality interactive content, and establish interoperability in order to improve user experience and human performance, while at the same time lowering entry barriers and providing safe routes for R&D investment. We pilot novel experience capturing technology and human performance analytics with real-time applications to respond to the open knowledge and innovation challenges of the 21st century with increased immediacy, utility, and accuracy.

The lab has a good stock of smart glasses (Microsoft Hololens, Epson Moverio), EMG armbands (Thalmic Labs MYO), 3D scanners and cameras (Occipital Structure sensor, LEAP motion sensor, intel realsense), arduino for e-textiles, and other.  This is an exciting new area of the school and real opportunity for students to get involved in ground-breaking projects.  

Engineering facilities

We have a wide range of labs and workshops for engineering; whilst not directly connected to our computing courses, these are useful facilities to know about and have in the past presented students with opportunity to collaborate with each other.  


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.

Related courses