Are you interested in a career in computing, but want some additional support before starting a full university degree? The BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year here at Arden has been designed for people just like you.
During your studies you’ll be introduced to topics including data analysis, cloud-based technologies, programming, and website coding and authoring. The course offers you two career pathways to choose from. Students who want to focus on technical employment opportunities have the chance focus on data mining/analysis and programming skills. Or, if you decide to opt for a management career in IT, you can study subjects that will give you combined skills in technical know-how and management strategy.
Arden’s degree courses with foundation year give you the extra support and guidance you need to get started in higher education, helping you take on your full undergraduate degree with confidence. Our foundation courses are a great way to enter higher education if you don’t currently meet our bachelor’s degree entry requirements, or if it’s been a while since you were in formal education and want to revisit some essential study skills, such as essay writing and research. Once your foundation year is completed, you’ll be ready to take on rest of your computing degree.
Our undergraduate degree course in computing with foundation year has been designed to give you the skills you need to start your career in computing. Your course modules have been freshly updated by our computing faculty members – ensuring that you gain the specialised knowledge employers need right now.
I have learned a lot from the course program and it has given me a good foundation for me to expand my knowledge. The module structure is designed according to my knowledge requirements of my personal IT goals.
During your foundation year you’ll study 6 modules that will prepare you with the skills you need to move on to your full degree course. Then, over 3 years you’ll study a total of 360 credit hours over seventeen modules. In years 2 and 3, you’ll study the required ‘core’ modules and choose 2 ‘elective’ modules from a choice of 4 options. This allows you to select specialised modules which cover topics that you want to learn about the most.
Our assessment methods have been designed to allow you to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. Throughout your studies, we’ll keep track of your progress through the following:
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
Candidates for our computing with foundation year undergraduate degree are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) which tells us about your motivation for studying this course. You may also be invited to attend an interview to demonstrate your ability to study the course successfully.
This statement should include:
We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Arden University’s industry aligned computing programmes are focused on your needs as a student and the skills required by employers. We provide you with one-to-one support and contextualised learning so that you fully understand the latest developments and concepts being put into practice in data analytics, cloud-based technologies, software development and databases. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
IT, data mining, cloud computing, and programming skills are in high demand all over the world. That’s why developing the skills that employers want is at the forefront of this course. Arden’s academics have close ties to the computing industry, which means our course content is regularly reviewed to ensure that your learning experience is up-to-date and reflects the latest developments in the real world.
On our BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year degree you’ll develop your computing knowledge alongside a wider range of important workplace skills, such as effective communication and problem-solving. After graduation, you’ll have the confidence you need to enter the field of computing with confidence. Whilst studying this course, you will:
Your computing degree with foundation year sets you up for any number of possible career paths after graduation. Here are some of the professions that previous Arden graduates have gone on to explore:
If you're looking to gain some additional skills as you study, you can take an industry-certified online course while you’re studying your Arden degree, at no extra cost.
You can choose to become certified on Salesforce Trailhead, gain certification through Cisco’s Networking Academy, or take courses on Amazon’s cloud-based learning platform, AWS Educate. All of these courses complement our degree modules and are highly valued by employers worldwide.