Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Computer Science with a Foundation Year

Computer Science

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course) G404 BBB to CCC 1 October 2018

Top 5

in UK for overall student satisfaction

NSS 2016

99%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

£29,678

average starting salary

Computer Science with a Foundation Year

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.


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*
  • 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.


Elite Athletes Programme

The Foundation Studies course also offers the opportunity for students performing at a very high standard in their chosen sport, who wish to study at Loughborough, but do not have the required qualifications due to sporting commitments. It is ideal for students who wish to combine their sports training with academic study. If you think your sport profile qualifies you to be considered for the elite athletes programme, please contact performancesport@lboro.ac.uk before applying.


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.


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

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.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

G404 Computer Science with a Foundation Year - Foundation studies

A-Level
BBB - CCC
IB
32 - 28 points overall
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD - DDM
GCSE
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A to C (7 - 4) are normally required. Minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Department / School Key Information Sets

Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course)

UCAS code: G404