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The Computing and Information Technology Foundation Year offers a wide-ranging and rigorous introduction to the various facets of computing and information science and gives you the experience to make an informed decision about which degree course to study.


From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

The modules will provide you with a solid introduction to information technology, information systems and computing, and students who successfully complete the course can progress onto the following degree courses:

*subject to availability

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The Computing and Information Technology Foundation Year offers a wide-ranging and rigorous introduction to the various facets of computing and information science and gives you the experience to make an informed decision about which degree course to study.


From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

The modules will provide you with a solid introduction to information technology, information systems and computing, and students who successfully complete the course can progress onto the following degree courses:

*subject to availability

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
I200

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department
Computer and Information Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Department / Computer and Information Sciences

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On this course, you will learn through a mix of formal taught sessions and guided independent research. You will experience a wide range of learning opportunities in a stimulating, challenging, and dynamic learning environment and you will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions.

You will be expected to play an active role in seminars and workshops as part of your learning and development and be encouraged to develop independent learning skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to research topics independently and in small groups to deepen your learning and understanding and you will be taught the skills to communicate the findings of your research and investigations in a number of ways.

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including exams, reports, presentations, individual, group and project work.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

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You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the Computer Science and Information Science sectors.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem-solving skills, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly applicable to the demands of your future career.

You will be fully supported throughout the course, with up to 15 hours of contact a week and evaluation through continuous assessment. This will help you to build valuable life and learning skills alongside your IT knowledge.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Computing and Information Technology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic quality learning environment.

You will have access to dedicated computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.

Facilities / Computer and Information Sciences

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to a variety of facilities and equipment to help enhance your studies.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Computing and Information Technology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by digital technologies and information systems. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights by our rapidly expanding Computer Science and Information Science Research Groups.

Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practise and are shaped by world-leading internationally excellent research, contributing significantly to both the industry, and quality of teaching here at Northumbria.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as Computational Linguistics, Web Programming, Informational Visualisation and User-Centred Information. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

Research / Computer and Information Sciences

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted and challenged by digital technologies and information sciences, from cyber security and AI, to social media, games and visual effects, to digital libraries, archives and records.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Computing and Information Technology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The foundation year in Computing and Information Technology is specifically designed to prepare you for a full computing or information science degree course. It will equip you with a range of technical and academic skills which will give you the grounding you need to succeed on these courses.

There are no option modules available on the course but as part of the Exploring the Digital Society module you will have the opportunity to choose an area to study in more depth within small groups.

This course is specifically designed with further study in mind and the content of all the modules on the course contributes to this. Each module provides you with the blend of various characteristics of the degrees available for you to study within the faculty.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Computing and Information Technology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to progress onto a full degree course. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Computing and Information Technology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications <

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

 

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

 

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

 

 

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

 

 

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

 

 

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

 

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

 

 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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