The Computing, Technology and Mathematics Extended Degree four-year course that includes a foundation year (Year 0). This provides the background necessary for entry on to one of our computing, technology or mathematics based BSc (Hons) courses.
The course is aimed at those who have little or no subject background. It will give you the opportunity to explore a number of different subject areas before deciding on the route you’d like to take at the end of your foundation year.
The four-year extended degree course includes a foundation year (Year 0) allowing you to study core subjects, including programming and mathematics, in a highly supportive environment that will give you the confidence and knowledge to join the full honours degree course at the right level.
You'll gain the kind of solid theoretical, problem-solving and analytical preparation that gives you a strong basis for future success. The extra year really makes a difference, and students on the extended degree have gone on to obtain a first class honours followed by immediate highly paid employment.
You'll also have 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.
There is professional accreditation for continuing routes in Mathematics (IMA), Communications Technology (IET) and Computing (BCS). Please see individual course pages for more details.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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.
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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:
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 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 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.
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 three individual online tests (20%, 20%, and 30% weighting) and a group programming assignment (30% weighting).
It aims to enable the student to use a programming language in a familiar and confident way in a variety of practical situations, and to use an integrated programming development environment competently.
It also enables the student to design and write simple programs, individually and in groups, using the programming language constructs described in the syllabus below; and to develop techniques to ensure software quality and robustness, and to produce a reflective report.
The preparatory year allows you to study core subjects, including programming and mathematics, in a highly supportive environment that will give you the confidence and knowledge to join the full honours degree course at the right level.
You will study the following core modules in your foundation year (Year 0):
Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the pathway choice following completion of level 3. Pathway choices include:
If you satisfactorily complete Year 0 and reach the necessary academic criteria, you can progress to year one of many of our computing, technology or mathematics-based BSc (Hons) courses.
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, mathematicians, web designers and many other roles in many 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.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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