Not sure you qualify for University study? We offer a foundation year with this degree.
Perfect to prepare you for success at undergraduate level.

April Intake Now Open - Apply by 24th April

Course Essentials

Are you itching to get stuck into all computing’s latest theories, techniques and issues, but you’re not sure if you qualify for university study?

Our BSc (Hons) Computing degree is available as a 4-year route with an integrated Foundation Year. Whether it’s been a while since you last studied, or you feel you didn’t do well in previous academic pursuits, the foundation year will set you up with the required skills and knowledge needed to take on a full undergraduate degree in Computing.

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Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
I107
Course Title:
BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year
Duration:
4 years
Intake Status:
April Intake Open
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Exemptions Available:
No
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Study Centre:
LON, BIR & MANC Based
Meet the Tutors

Your module tutors have been selected because of their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect indepth topic discussions and explanations that you can apply to a work-life setting.

Watch this short video [01:31] and meet Steve Presland, the course leader for BSc Computing at Arden University.

Entry Requirements

The four year route with integrated foundation year is perfect for those with a desire to return to education or seeking to develop key study skills in their first year.

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme, taking into account:

  • Their motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

If your previous learning was not in English, you will also need to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Next steps
Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

This BSc (Hons) Computing course will take four years to complete with an integrated foundation year. In your first year, also known as your foundation year, you’ll learn the basic skills needed to succeed at undergraduate level, including relevant numeracy, research and academic skills, as well as an introduction to the world of Computing.

This four-year route is perfect for those who need a little extra support when entering the world of higher education. Whether it’s been a while since you last studied, or you feel you didn’t do well in previous academic study, the foundation year gives you the basics needed to go on to graduate with a full degree.


You’ll only need to commit to three days of face-to-face classroom sessions at one of our study centres in Manchester, Birmingham, or London during your foundation year. Once you move onto your full degree (from second year), this reduces to 2 days face to face commitment per week across the remaining three years.

Modules you will study are:

Foundation Year (Level 0):

  • Skills for Academic Study
  • The Digital Age
  • Using Numeracy, Data & IT
  • Computers in Society
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Research Skills
Year 2 (Level 4):
  • Professional Development
  • Computer Technology
  • Website Design
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Database Design
  • Software Engineering

Year 3 (Level 5):

  • Programming
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Database Implementation
  • Data Communications
  • Quality Systems in IT
  • Dynamic Website Development

Year 4 (Level 6):

  • Current Trends in Networking
  • Management in IT
  • Computer Systems Security
  • E-Commerce Systems
  • Computing Project

Assessments
Assessments provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Design specification tasks
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation
To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real life settings.

Next steps
Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Want to go straight onto a full degree?
For our three-year route, please find course details and modules for our blended learning BSc (Hons) Computing here.

Course Fees & Funding

Fees

How much is my course?

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UK Fees & Funding

The tuition fee for this course is £6,165 per level.

The most common funding of undergraduate degrees for students in the UK is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

UK students who study our full-time blended courses may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan from the UK Government. This is to help with costs such as food, accommodation and travel. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

If you aren’t looking to fund your course via UK Government Funding you can explore other possible payment options such as instalments, on the Fees & Funding main page.

EU & International Fees & Funding

This course is available to people who are already eligible to work or study in the UK. If you are based outside the UK, we run this course as a distance learning programme and you can make your application here.

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Careers Impact

Upon successful completion, you’ll graduate with a full UK honours degree in BSc Computing. You’ll be equipped with valuable transferable skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied in roles within the Computing sector.

You’ll have a specialist understanding in system design, development and web-based solutions.

Studying for four-years will stand you in good stead for demonstrating your commitment and hard-work: skills that employers value in the workplace.

Roles that you could consider working as might include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Application Programmer
  • Systems Analysts & Designers
  • IT Solutions Specialist
  • Web Developer

Next steps
Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Study Centres

What study centres are available?

Blended courses are available at study centres throughout the UK and include:

Studying via blended learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our compressed blended degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal tuition of a full time degree, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of a full time campus-based degree, without the full time commitment.

So, what will it be like?

  • You will have 2-3 set days per week on campus
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact a tutor or the support team via Skype, email, webchat or phone

It’s a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance learning with the other priorities in your life.

And the facilities available at study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, the modern centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff.

Outside of your classes, you can expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure facilities

Next steps

Applying for this course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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