Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year, you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high-end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Computer Science BSc Honours over a further three years study.

Our Computer Science BSc will give you the computing skills and knowledge to help shape the future of businesses and organisations.

Our course covers all the key areas in computer science, software engineering and development, and also explores specialised computer science topics, laying the foundations for your success in a rapidly changing environment.

A key benefit of our course is its flexibility. You'll be able to build a customised route within computer science, following a pathway in one of a number of computing areas to suit your interests. You'll develop a wide range of skills and knowledge in areas such as creative computing, information systems, graphics and games development, mobile and web computing, software engineering, design and development, and software security.

You'll use industrial tools and techniques throughout our course and graduate well versed in all aspects of the software lifecycle.

You'll have the chance to apply your new knowledge and skills to a real-world problem, usually in the form of a small-scale project set by an external organisation. As well as the technical skills you'll develop as part of this project, you'll build key transferable skills around the areas of commercial awareness, leadership and organisation.

After completing your second year, you'll have the opportunity to do a one-year work placement in industry. This will help you to gain work experience and enhance your employability after you graduate. You'll be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the University's Careers and Employability Service and our course team. Typically, you'll be assigned into roles involving tasks related to computer science.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Choose your own path – Our flexible course allows you to study the areas of computing you are most interested in, while still getting a broad education in computing
  • Get real-life work experience – Increase your employability and put your problem-solving skills into practice by completing a year in industry during your course. Past destinations for our students include: Apple, AppNexus, Bromley Healthcare CIC, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, PGIM, ServiceNow, Sony, SR Group
  • Prepare for your career – Career prospects for computer science students are excellent, and our degree will prepare you for graduate roles such as computer programmer, web developer, junior specialist developer and software developer
  • Start your journey as an IT professional – Our course is intended to fulfil the requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS), which means it complies with rigorous academic and professional standards as set out by the BCS. It also allows graduates to gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Software Development I
  • Software Development II
  • Trends in Computer Science
  • Web Design and Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Client-Server Architectures
  • Software Development Group Project (work-based module)
  • Database Systems

and options from one or a mix of the following routes:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Games and Computer Graphics Development
  • Mobile and Web Computing  
  • Usability and Interaction

Credit Level 5

Our course gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to computer science.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Final Year Project
  • Security and Forensics

and options from one or a mix of the following routes:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Games and Computer Graphics Development
  • Mobile and Web Computing  
  • Usability and Interaction

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

Our course is intended to fulfil the requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS), which means it complies with rigorous academic and professional standards as set out by the BCS. It also allows graduates to gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Boost your employability

You'll get valuable work experience and increase your employability by completing a year in industry during the course.

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Learn the fundamentals of computer science

Study the key topics in computer science, software engineering and development, while also exploring specialist computer science topics that interest you. 

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

We aim to create highly adaptable graduates who have both the knowledge and the technical capabilities to solve real-world problems.

As well as having a solid foundation in computer science, you'll also have one or more specialisms that open up career pathways during your early years as a computing professional.

Work experience

Organisations where our students have undertaken work experience in the past include: 

  • Apple
  • AppNexus
  • Bromley Healthcare CIC
  • Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • PGIM
  • ServiceNow
  • Sony
  • SR Group

Job roles

Career prospects for computer science graduates are excellent and typical career routes include:

Graduate 

  • Computer programmer
  • Junior specialist developer
  • Software developer
  • Web developer

Early to mid-career 

  • Computer systems analysts
  • Computer system engineers
  • Database administrators
  • Network systems administration
  • Research and development
  • Software designer
  • Software QA

Senior

  • Chief technical officer
  • Lead developer
  • Lead researcher
  • Senior application developer
  • Senior systems architect or analyst

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

Noam Weingarten

Senior Lecturer

Noam Weingarten is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Westminster. Noam is the Course Leader of the Foundation Level of all courses offered by the School, and teaches several modules. 

He has been working at the University of Westminster since 2002 and is highly experienced at catering for the foundation level.

His research interests include cloud computing and the applications of such computing power such as bioinformatics.

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Dr Artie Basukoski

Senior Lecturer

Dr Artie Basukoski is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering. He is passionate about teaching and motivating learners to develop their abilities and interest in programming and computer science.

His current academic path follows from extensive international IT experience in the management and development of trading systems as Head of Information Services with the Union Bank of Switzerland in Sydney, and as Regional Project Manager for Citibank in Singapore.

Artie received his BSc in Computer Science from the University of Technology Sydney. He completed his MSc in Advanced Computer Science and PhD in Automated Reasoning from the University of Westminster, where he subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies. His current research is in the application of AI techniques to improve the efficiency of processes in health care. He is a member of the Health and Social Care Modelling Group (HSCMG), where he supervises PhD students undertaking doctoral research in Process Mining. 

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Broaden your career options and achieve your aspirations in an increasingly digital world."

Why study this course

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Study in London

Our central London location means that you'll be perfectly placed to take advantage of career and collaboration opportunities in the city.

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Get career-ready

Our course will prepare you for graduate roles such as computer programmer, web developer, junior specialist developer, and software developer.

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Get qualified

Our course allows graduates to gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C - IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course  

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course. 

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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