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Computing Foundation

Foundation course

Key facts


UCAS code

G406

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

UCAS Tariff Points

64

Overview


Do you want to pursue a degree in computing but lack the necessary qualifications? If so, our Computing Foundation course is for you.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to progress to an undergraduate degree in computing including hands-on experience with the latest software. Our course covers;

  • computing
  • mathematics
  • information technology
  • programming 
  • networking
  • robotics.

And you will gain skills in:

  • self-management
  • communication
  • problem solving 
  • teamwork. 

We teach mathematics at different levels and surgery sessions are available to help you to bridge any gaps.
After having successfully completed the course you will be offered admission to a computing related degree according to your needs and qualifications.

There is a high demand for graduates in all areas of computing and a degree in computing is a great start to careers in:

  • software development
  • network security
  • computer applications
  • managing information
  • scientific research.
Student learning practical skills

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 64

A Level: CC

IB Points: 24

BTEC: MPP or MM

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.

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

Entry requirements

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 qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£14,280

Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,800

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£14,280

2020/21
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,800

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 below.

Learning and assessment


We encourage a critical and independent approach to learning. Our course material is A-level standard, and covers core subjects in computing principles.

You will develop your mathematical and study skills. As well as prepare for a degree in subjects such as;

  • technology
  • networking
  • mathematics
  • IT
  • software design.
Computing Foundation

Study modules

Year 1

Foundations of Computer Systems*

Foundations of Computer Programming*

Study Skills and Preparation for Higher Education*

Essential Mathematics for University Study*

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

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include;

  • lectures
  • practical activities
  • problem-solving classes
  • tutorial support.

We offer an e-learning site with most of our modules where you’ll have access to;

  • discussion forums
  • self-assessment quizzes
  • online material. 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We use a combination of examination and coursework to assess your modules, but some modules are solely based on coursework. We will assess you mostly through practical work.

We use a variety of assessment methods, including;

  • class tests
  • practical work using applications of information technology.

Study Abroad


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

After you graduate


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.

Free language courses


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.

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.