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Foundation in Computer Science

Modern life relies on computer networks and cyber security has become an international priority. After completing our Foundation in Computing, you will progress to the University of Plymouth degree of your choice and train as a creative and resourceful specialist, benefiting from advanced, industry-standard facilities and British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation.

Special features

  • First year direct entry available for BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BSc (Hons) Computing, Audio and Music Technology
  • Final year project tackling a major industry problem

Pathways at the University of Plymouth

High school

Stage 1

Stage 2



Your UoP degree


Fees for 2019/20



Fees for 2020/21




Two semesters


September, January

Foundation Syllabus

Semester 1

  • ILS1AND3 - Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

  • SCI115 - Physics

  • BUS107 - Principles of ICT

  • SCI101SC - Numerical Techniques 1

Semester 2

  • SCI102 - Numerical Techniques 2

  • BUS105 - Business Studies

    You will explore the fundamentals of business, including globalisation; ethics and sustainability; operations, marketing and HR; strategy, leadership and management.
    How will I be assessed? 80% exam, 20% coursework

  • SCI131 - Programming Techniques

  • SCI130 - Research and Referencing

Progression rule to Stage 2

Minimum 50% pass mark in all modules with minimum 85% attendance required across all modules.

Stage 2:Degree


*Please note that on successful completion of Year One of BSc (Hons) Computer Science, students will have the option to either remain on this programme or enter Year Two on one of the specialist programmes listed below:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Software Development
  • BSc (Hons) Cyber Security
  • BSc (Hons) Games Technologies

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