Computing Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree in computing. It's aimed at those who have little or no subject background. The course is also suitable if you wish to change your subject area or if your secondary level grades have not matched your expectations.
The Computing Extended Degree BSc (Hons) includes a foundation year (Year 0), designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying computing at undergraduate level at London Metropolitan University.
You'll learn the fundamentals of computing through core subjects including programming, networking, cyber security and mathematics, all in a highly supportive environment from expert teaching staff. After the foundation year, you'll be ready to join one of our undergraduate computing programmes.
We'll introduce you to the theoretical concepts and practices that underpin computing, from software design to programming language, and prepare you to write and develop your own programmes and become confident in your skills.
Throughout the four-year degree, you'll gain solid practical, problem-solving and analytical preparation to give you a strong basis for future success. The extra year really makes a difference and many students on the extended degree have gone on to obtain a first class honours followed by immediate highly paid employment.
Joining the School of Computing and Digital Media also gives you access to world-class facilities such as our CISCO labs, IT security and forensics lab, creative technology labs, technology tower, electronics and microprocessor labs.
A continuous assessment approach is adopted including regular online quizzes, lab-based tests, short answer tests, as well as individual and group assignments. Diagnostic and other formative assessments help students and staff identify where individual support is needed, for example, our maths and programming clinics.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Friday morning
- all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon
On this module students will learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques. Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and laboratory experiments.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
- all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon
This module introduces the basic concepts, and the design, of Analogue and Digital Electronics Communication Systems and Computer Networks. The module is designed to deliver basic concepts and applications through hands-on practical workshops.
It is assessed by Progress Tests: Test 1 (week due 14), 25% weighting; Test 2 (Week due 24), 25%; Duration: 1 Hour each; and Coursework Assignment: Logbook (week due 30), 50%;
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
- all year (January start) - Wednesday morning
This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
- all year (January start) - Thursday morning
The module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning computer software design; and to programming using a high-level language concentrating on sequence, selection, iteration (loops) and list processing. It is assessed by individual tests (30% weighting) and a group programming assignment (30% weighting).
Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:
- Cyber Attack Prevention
- Computer Networking
Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the path you choose following completion of level three. Pathway options include:
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Completion of the honours degree opens up a huge range of career options, as well as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study. Our graduates are working as programmers, network engineers, security analysts, software system developers, IT consultants, database designers, web application developers, mathematicians, web designers and many other roles in other industries all over the world.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
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How to apply
UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.
Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.
Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.
Our UCAS institution code is L68.
Visit UCAS for more details.
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