BSc Computing Science with a Foundation Year


The School of Computing Sciences is one of the largest and most experienced computing schools in the UK, expertly blending excellent teaching, research, facilities and exciting course modules to offer a dynamic programme targeted at the job market.

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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Learn to program the future and prepare to excel in a range of computing fields, from the information systems of banks and businesses, to the creativity of gaming and web design, to AI, robotics, cloud computing, big data and lots, lots more. 

If you’re a digital native who lives and breathes computing, but you don’t yet meet the academic requirements of our degree programmes, this course is for you. On your Foundation Year you’ll gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for undergraduate level study, all within a nurturing, supportive environment.

Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation Year, you’ll be able to progress to the BSc Computing Science. Depending on your grades you may also be able to switch to one of our other computing degrees.


If you’re passionate about a computing degree, but don’t have the academic qualifications to start immediately, this course is designed for you. We welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds. You might have A levels, Access, BTEC, or professional qualifications – or a variety of equivalent alternatives. Maybe you’ve got the right subjects, but didn’t get the grades – or perhaps you’ve got work experience rather than formal qualifications. It all counts.

On the BSc Computing Science with a Foundation Year you will follow the same pattern as Computer Science but do a foundation year first to equip you with the computing and maths expertise you’ll need to succeed in subsequent years.

Once you’ve completed your foundation year, depending on your grades, you can progress to any of the undergraduate degree courses within UEA’s School of Computing Sciences.

Studying with us means that you will benefit from our research-led approach to teaching and our fantastic facilities, ensuring that you will learn in the most up-to-date environment.

During your foundation year, you will have an average of 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars – though this may vary depending on your module choices. Additionally, you will spend around 25 hours a week studying independently and working on coursework assignments and projects.

Course Structure

Your foundation year will give you an important grounding in computing, programming and essential mathematics before you move on to the rest of your degree. By the end of this year you will: 

  • Understand the fundamentals of computing
  • Be able to program in a high-level language
  • Feel confident in mathematics for computing science
  • Understand the essentials of computing for business

You can then move on to the three-year BSc in Computing Science course, where you will master the basics degree programme you’ll start by mastering the core material underpinning computer science.

All of our computer science courses follow an identical structure in the first two years. This means that you can easily transfer onto the year abroad, year in industry, or with education programmes.

Alternatively you could choose follow your Foundation Year with one of the School of Computing’s other degrees.

For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the course pages specific to those degree programmes.

Teaching and Learning


You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and lab classes – where the lab and seminar classes reinforce and expand on the lecture material.

We use a variety of programming languages depending on the devices and application areas we’re focusing on. Importantly, you’ll be working with the software development tools and practices used in the industry right now, building your experience in each year. Upon graduation you’ll have the technical ability to develop high quality software for a range of platforms.

Independent study

Alongside your formal learning, you’ll study independently to gain a deeper appreciation of specialist topics. In your final year project, you will explore a topic or work on a problem in depth, under the supervision of a member of the faculty.


You’ll experience a wide range of assessment methods – including programming assignments, essays, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, presentations and demonstrations. Which one we choose will depend on the module content and learning objectives. You’ll find that most modules are assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams, while some are entirely assessed by coursework.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Depending the course you choose to progress onto after your Foundation Year, the School of Computing Sciences has a number of Year Abroad and Year in Industry study options.

After the course

Once you successfully finish your Foundation Year you will go straight onto one of the main degree programmes within the School of Computing Sciences.

The experience you gain from this course will be valuable for many roles with a wide range of employers – particularly in the technology, finance and creative sectors, which demand technical expertise, adaptability and broad perspectives.

As a professional in this rapidly evolving sector, the ability to learn new skills is as important as what you know already. After successfully completing your degree you will have the knowledge to forge an exciting career, continually learning and extending yourself.

You could go on to work as a software engineer, web or app developer, programmer, systems analyst, data scientist, artificial intelligence developer, academic/industrial researcher, entrepreneur, teacher or even researcher.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include;

  • Teacher
  • Software engineer
  • Web or app developer
  • Programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Academic/industrial researcher
  • Artificial intelligence developer

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC - for further details on how we review your application please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • Scottish Highers BBCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H4
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

Entry Requirement

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.  If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.

If you are currently studying your level 3 qualifications, we may be able to give you a reduced grade offer based on these circumstances:

• You live in an area with low progression to higher education (we use Polar 3, quintile 1 & 2 data)
• You have been in care or you are a young/full time carer
• You are studying at a school which our outreach team are working closely with

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.


Occasionally we may you to an interview to further explore your application and suitability for the course.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry in your UCAS personal statement.


Special Entry Requirements

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

IB applicants - UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

GCSE Offer

All applicants are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 or above at GCSE.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

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