Undergraduate study2017

Computer Science with a Foundation Year

Department of Computer Science

Year of entry: 2017

Computer Science with a Foundation Year is primarily for candidates who for some reason have not had the opportunity to study the pre-requisite subjects needed for first year entry

Computer Science with a Foundation Year

Department of Computer Science

Year of entry: 2017

Computer Science with a Foundation Year is primarily for candidates who for some reason have not had the opportunity to study the pre-requisite subjects needed for first year entry

Course details

Computer Science with a Foundation Year enables entry into any of our Computer Science courses for students that have not studied the correct subjects, or not quite achieved the qualifications required, perhaps due to illness, family issues or other commitments. Offers will not normally be made to those who apply simply because their A-level grades/predictions are below the requirements for direct entry to the degree programme.

It is a one year programme which will enable you to progress onto the first year of your chosen degree course, provided the relevant progression criteria are met. Successful completion of the course allows you to progress onto any of the courses offered by the Department of Computer Science.

During the year you will undertake a core modules in Applicable Mathematics and Programming, and choices from a range of subject areas including Physics, Economics, Sport Science and Business.

Completing a foundation year can be a real attribute to your overall degree success. It not only opens doors to courses that may have previously looked closed, but also provides a sound base on which to establish a successful academic career. Many who have completed the foundation year have also said how beneficial it was to them in supporting their transition into University life.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
Foundation studies 1 year G404
Teaching and learning methods

Our foundation course is taught in-house by University staff. As a student on the course you will be a full member the University, with the same access to the Students’ Union, clubs, societies, sports facilities and support departments.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written exams and / or coursework assignments. Some modules are continually assessed throughout the year.

Typical coursework assignments include: laboratory reports, essays, poster presentations, assessed tutorials, workshops, peer review (review fellow students’ performance) and dissertations.

It is expected that for every hour you are in a structured class, you should spend two hours of your own time researching, writing up, learning work or doing set questions etc.

Eligibility

Students who are eligible for this course include:

  • Those wishing to study a degree without the appropriate background
  • Students performing at a very high standard in a chosen sport, who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments*
  • International students with good Year 12 qualifications and a minimum of IELTS 6.5. (6.0 in each element)
  • Mature students returning to education
  • Those who did not meet their expected entrance requirements due to illness or other adverse situations
  • Students with alternative backgrounds and qualifications

Applications are treated on a case by case basis and a number of other personal situations may also be considered.

Please contact us for more information.

*If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.

Course structure

Core modules:
  • Applicable Mathematics
Plus a module from:
  • Programming with Electronics
  • Programming with Design
A module from:
  • Physics
  • Sport Science
  • Economics
A module from:
  • Materials with Engineering Science
  • Biology
  • Business

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: G404 Foundation studies 1 year

A-Level
Offers will be in the range BBB to CCC (not including General Studies or critical thinking). Not usually available to students who have taken A-Level Mathematics.
SQA AH
IB
32 - 28
Other
BTEC ND: min DMM
Additional
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C are normally required, including Mathematics and English. Minimum grade B in Mathematics GCSE

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Department / School Key Information Sets

Foundation studies 1 year

UCAS code: G404

Our students

Karar H

“My course had helped me build a strong foundation and interest in theoretical Computer Science, enabling me to gain valuable skills and techniques for my future career.”

Lizz O

“I enjoy how much my course challenges me. The content is fun and very interactive, and encourages you to be thorough and precise with your work.”

Rebecca A

“In some modules, my course presents the opportunity to put yourself in a real life corporate situation to get the feel of what it would be like to interact with clients within a business.”

Joseph A

“Haslegrave is one of the best computer labs I have seen, with new model macs which are quick and available 24 hours a day.”

Lewis J

“I enjoy the balance between the IT and Business side of my course. I learnt about designing websites but also get to do HR, accounting and management modules.”

Abhishek S

“I’m not the type of person who enjoys going on night outs or to clubs, but the extensive range of societies at Loughborough provide a social atmosphere for everyone.”

Ammar M

“The quality of teaching at Loughborough is absolutely fantastic. ”

Reece C

“I was looking for a university that provided the perfect balance of strong academic reputation and renowned sporting excellence - choosing Loughborough was a no brainer.”

Tarun I

“The labs are brilliant – top of the range iMacs that triple-boot into Windows, OSX and Linux, all of which you will be using at various points.”

Tristan M

“My department building has a really central location and the computer labs have state-of-the-art equipment. Every time I get back to Loughborough it feels like I am home again.”

Ushma B

“As a female studying a male-dominated course it can be slightly intimidating, but inspiration from lecturers and my studies has given me the skills and confidence that I need to perform and achieve.”

Karar H

“My course had helped me build a strong foundation and interest in theoretical Computer Science, enabling me to gain valuable skills and techniques for my future career.”

Lizz O

“I enjoy how much my course challenges me. The content is fun and very interactive, and encourages you to be thorough and precise with your work.”

Rebecca A

“In some modules, my course presents the opportunity to put yourself in a real life corporate situation to get the feel of what it would be like to interact with clients within a business.”

Joseph A

“Haslegrave is one of the best computer labs I have seen, with new model macs which are quick and available 24 hours a day.”

Lewis J

“I enjoy the balance between the IT and Business side of my course. I learnt about designing websites but also get to do HR, accounting and management modules.”

Abhishek S

“I’m not the type of person who enjoys going on night outs or to clubs, but the extensive range of societies at Loughborough provide a social atmosphere for everyone.”

Ammar M

“The quality of teaching at Loughborough is absolutely fantastic. ”

Reece C

“I was looking for a university that provided the perfect balance of strong academic reputation and renowned sporting excellence - choosing Loughborough was a no brainer.”

Tarun I

“The labs are brilliant – top of the range iMacs that triple-boot into Windows, OSX and Linux, all of which you will be using at various points.”

Tristan M

“My department building has a really central location and the computer labs have state-of-the-art equipment. Every time I get back to Loughborough it feels like I am home again.”

Ushma B

“As a female studying a male-dominated course it can be slightly intimidating, but inspiration from lecturers and my studies has given me the skills and confidence that I need to perform and achieve.”