Foundation Year Computing Plymouth University

About the course

The programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain skills necessary to progress and succeed on a degree programme. Throughout the course you will develop skills necessary for problem identification, analysis and design and completing projects to give you the opportunity to demonstrate problem solving whilst developing an understanding of essential concepts, principles and practices within the area of computing and networking. The course will provide you with an opportunity to develop an awareness of common programming languages and demonstrate the ability to produce well-constructed programme(s) whilst providing you with work related experiences.


The Foundation Year is one year at the City of Bristol College typically followed by two years on a Foundation Degree also at the City of Bristol College. You will be given the option to undertake a placement year, followed by one year studying at Plymouth University where you will achieve BSc(Hons) Computing, or BSc(Hons) Computer Systems and Networks.  

Entry Requirements


Normal minimum entry requirements are A-levels totalling 40 points (B) ideally including one of the following, Computing or Mathematics or Science. excluding General Studies

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

Candidates are interviewed before an offer is made. Grade D Subsidiary Diploma. Grade MM 90 Credit Diploma. Grade MP National Diploma. Grade PPP Extended Diploma

Welsh Baccalaureate

Advanced WB B

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Advanced Higher C,

Irish Leaving Certificate

B1 at Higher Level, plus Ordinary Level Grade C Maths and English

International Baccalaureate

IB H6.   If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.

GSCE Maths and English

All applicants must have or be working towards a GCSE grade C in both Maths and English.


UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BCBC
Campus code: B
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

Whilst studying on the course you can expect:

  • An opportunity to develop skills necessary to progress and succeed on a degree programme in many areas of computing, including security and software engineering

  • Modules which have been designed with a practical hands-on approach, following real work based scenarios where students can practice independent investigation and problem-solving skills

  • Emphasis on appreciating the wider role of computer networks so as to give insight into the services and software that companies rely on

The modules you will study have been designed to provide you with a good underpinning knowledge of what it is to study and work in the computing industry. Modules include:

  • Industry Immersive module

  • Problem solving tools and techniques

  • Computer architecture and networking

  • Introduction to Computer Programming

  • Prototyping tools and techniques

  • Work Related Project

Who is it for?

The Computing field provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for people with a wide-ranging knowledge of computing methods and an ability to reach high standards.

Typical students on this programme will be:

  • Students looking to return to study.

  • Students who are looking to change their vocation.

  • Students looking to study at a higher level in preparation for a degree programme.


How to apply

This is a new course at City of Bristol College for 2018/19 and is currently undergoing approval from Plymouth University, as a result any offers are subject to approval.

Application: through UCAS

For further information

Call: 0117 312 5171


How Is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through various methods including:

  • Practical exercises

  • Coursework

  • Exams

  • Presentations

What could I do next?

Upon successful completion of the course, the usual progression route is to a Foundation Degree in Computing and Information Technology, or Computing and Computer networks at City of Bristol College (in partnership with Plymouth University). However, there is a wide range of courses to choose from, with other local universities, including UWE.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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