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Foundation Year in Computing

This full-time, one-year foundation course provides an introduction to computing and information technology and gives students without the necessary qualifications the skills required to study an undergraduate computing course.

Overview

 

 

The course introduces a wide range of IT, communication and study skills that will prepare you for a degree in computing, enabling you to progress onto more advanced study.

Reasons to study Foundation Year in Computing at De Montfort University:

      • Preparation for degree study
        this course can be a stepping stone towards one of our undergraduate degrees, and is a great place to start if you are returning to study 
      • Suitable for people from a wide range of backgrounds
        particularly well-suited to mature students, as well as people looking for a change of career, and parents planning to return to employment for example 
      • More than 50 years of computing experience
        allowing us to draw on world-leading research* and academic expertise, which informs our teaching  
      • Industry-standard facilities
        including dedicated computing laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and professional-standard software 
      • Supportive academic expertise
        you will work together with staff in a friendly and supportive environment in small groups of up to 20 students 
      • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
        we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

The course covers the basics of cutting-edge IT topics, such as computer animation, as well as more familiar office applications, such as spreadsheets and databases. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive workshop environment.

The course is particularly well-suited to mature students and is ideal for those who missed the chance to go to university after leaving school, as well as people looking for a change of career, and parents planning to return to employment.

* The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, 2014

 

"The course offers a good insight into computing; what I have learned has provided me with a base of core skills needed to progress onto a degree."

Grace Hughes, Foundation Year in Computing graduate

 

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G403

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G403

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 140 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at MPP or
  • Pass in the QAA Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 56 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at MPP or
  • Pass in the QAA Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

 

  • Problem Solving and Programming - This module will enable you to gain problem solving skills while learning logic, set theory and data representation. You’ll also learn to program using the friendly programming language, Python. Programming is an essential part of computing so we start off slowly and build your knowledge and confidence over time. As your knowledge increases you’ll attempt to write more complex solutions for a given scenario. This module will also introduce you to systems analysis and design
  • Creative Computing and Technology - The technology side of this module will provide you with an introduction to computer technology from computer architecture, hardware, software and networks while also looking at user requirements and integration issues right through to researching trending technologies. The creative side of the module will introduce you to the theory behind 3D modelling and animation techniques. The practical side of the module is where you will put this knowledge into practice and learn how to apply it using industry standard software to design and create a 20 second stand-alone animation
  • Computing Skills and Research - This module covers a variety of useful computing skills and techniques including essay and report writing, using and creating spreadsheets, learning the mathematics necessary to study computing, as well as practical advice to help you plan and manage your time and acquire the skills to confidently do a degree in computing. You will also learn how to conduct academic research using various sources of information into ethical issues associated with computing, which could include topics such as personal identity theft, piracy and plagiarism
  • E-commerce Computing - This module will give you an introduction to the technology behind the World Wide Web and the way it's used for business. You will learn the fundamentals of good database design and put that knowledge into practice by developing a database using industry standard software. You will also learn how to evaluate, design and build a website and see how it could work together with the database.

The course is taught by dedicated staff with experience of supporting students who need additional help with academic study. You will work together with staff in a friendly and supportive environment in small groups of up to 20 students.

The four modules on the course run concurrently over the academic year. Assessments across the four modules consist of both individual and group work. There are no formal exams but there are phase tests held under exam conditions. The majority of the work is assessed through time constrained coursework, which will be issued at regular intervals across the two terms.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 additional hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which students can work individually or in groups.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

The natural route upon successful completion of the course is to progress to the first year of one of our undergraduate degrees, including Computing BSc (Hons), Software Engineering BSc (Hons), and Computer Science BSc (Hons).. Those who perform exceptionally well will have access to the more specialist degrees at the discretion of the course leader.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

 

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