Computing (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Computing (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full Time: Four Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    8H11; Short form: BSc/CFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this challenging and practical course, you’ll examine the application of innovative technology to solve commercial and industrial computing problems. Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills preparing you for a variety of careers. The first foundation year introduces technical skills and develops the confidence and academic skills required for Honours-level study. You’ll develop essential computing skills in your second year with students on other courses. This lets you switch from computing to a more specialised course if it is more appropriate to your career plans. If you want the breadth of study offered by computing, you choose two routes from: Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development and Computer Networks. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Investigating IT
  • Problem-solving for Computing


  • Study Skills 1 - Learning How to Learn
  • Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • The Computing Challenge
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Interactive Applications

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • The Agile Professional
  • Database Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • Internet Application Development

Optional modules by route, choose 2 routes e.g. Security and Software Development

Network Management

Information Systems Management

Computer Security

Internet and Cloud
Interacting with the Internet of Things

Software Development
Advanced Programming

For Sandwich Award undertake an Industrial Placement Year after completing Year 2.



Not all options will be available every year. Timetable clashes may prevent certain combinations.

Routes help students choose a coherent programme of study and do not affect the name of the award.

Year 4

Compulsory module

  • Honours Degree Project
  • Systems Requirements and Modelling


Follow the routes chosen in Year 2.

Wireless and Mobile Networks


Penetration Testing

Software Development
OO Methods in Computing

Internet and Cloud
Cloud Computing

Plus one module from:

(Subject to pre-requisites)

  • Advanced Software Engineering Techniques
  • Computers, Society and Law
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Games for the Internet
  • Data Science
  • Science Communication
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computational Thinking
  • Mobile Computing
  • Digital Evidence and Incident Response


Alternatively, the Course Leader may allow a student to take another relevant module to replace the final year option or the final module of a route.

Further Information

Between Years 2 and 3, you have the option spend a year on a placement in industry.

For the BSc (Hons) Computing course, no previous computing experience is required, the course develops essential computing skills and explores a wide range of modern applications of IT.

The common modules at the start of the course allows you to transfer to a specialist route of Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development, Computer Networks.

For part-time students, timetabled classes are blocked together where possible.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field it is. I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. I met some amazing people whilst on placement, as well as doing some really meaningful and interesting work.”  - Ryan Sheff, Industry placement student

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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the British Computer Society, the computing professional body.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories. All modules have lectures to guide you through the relevant topics. People learn practical skills best by doing, so you apply the material to relevant and real world examples in practicals, tutorials, seminars and directed work. You will develop your ability to work and learn independently as you progress. Our laboratories allow you to use specialist software and to do things that would not be allowed on a public network: for example, configuring networks or database servers or testing system security. Our Joint Application Development Lab allows the recording and evaluation of meetings to help develop interpersonal skills. Where possible, we make software available for your own PC. You will use an online learning environment that supports flexible learning by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials.

The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, group work, presentations and exams, which may be seen or unseen. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.


You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year/third year if on Foundation entry. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills to produce a multi-skilled graduate capable of succeeding in a variety of careers. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.

A broad skills base will allow you to pursue a range of careers without specialist entry requirements. One of our graduates is working for NATO. Others are working in local industry for organisations such as BAE. Several other graduates have gone on to teach in primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Many of our graduates continue studying, mostly at MSc level, but some embark on PhDs. Good graduates can take a taught MSc in: Agile Software Projects  or IT Security; an MRes in: Child Computer Interaction;  or a research degree: MSc (By Research), MPhil or PhD