Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Computer Science with Foundation BSc Honours offers an entry route for those students who do not have the required entry requirements for all three-year degree pathways in the department of computer science. Successful completion of the foundation year enables an automatic progression onto the first year of any Computer Science undergraduate degree: Computer Science BSc, Software Engineering BEng, Digital Media Development BSc, Business Information Systems BSc and Computer Games Development BSc. Students who progress to the three-year degrees via this foundation year route have traditionally performed very well.

The foundation year route may also be of interest if you do not feel ready to start the first year of an undergraduate course, perhaps because you have been out of education for some time or you feel your current qualifications will not equip you to attempt a three-year undergraduate computing course directly.

The Computer Science BSc Honours will give you the right computing skills and knowledge to be able to shape the future of businesses and organisations. This broadly based course covers the key topics in computer science, software engineering and development, and also explores specialised computer science topics, providing you with an excellent education and training for a rapidly changing environment.

The key aspect of this course is its flexibility and the ability for you to build a customised route within computer science. You will be able to follow recommended pathways in a number of computing areas to suit your interests. You will 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.

Course structure

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Mathematics and Problem Solving (Double module)
  • The Computer and Software Development (Double Module).
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Academic Skills.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Science Practice
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Programming Principles I
  • Programming Principles II
  • Web Design and Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Client-Server Architecture
  • Software Group Project
  • Database Systems

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

  • Games and Graphics Development (3G graphics and game engines)
  • Mobile and Web Computing (android development, advanced client and server-side web development)
  • Digital Media Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Information Systems

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Project
  • Software Security and Forensics
  • Enterprise Application Development

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

  • Games and Graphics Development (3G graphics and game engines)
  • Mobile and Web Computing (android development, advanced client and server-side web development)
  • Digital Media Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Information Systems

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Course Leaders

Mark Baldwin

Principal Lecturer

Mark has worked as a research engineer for the Eurocontrol air safety and navigation organisation for Europe. 

His research and development work included development of software for real-time tracking of air traffic over the north Atlantic using satellite automatic dependent surveillance. 

Other projects Mark has worked on included the development of algorithms for aircraft tracking from limited satellite data and statistical modelling of the ADS data flow.

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Dr Philip Trwoga

Principal Lecturer

Dr Philip Trwoga has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education in research, teaching, and leadership role and has a strong passion for the quality teaching of software development and for enthusing students about computer science. Philip has a multidisciplinary research background in computer modelling, electronics, physics, and is currently working on the topics mobile ad-hoc networks, and more recently in virtual environments and real-world simulation. He has also worked in industry as research scientist and software designer. 

Philip has a strong interest in the effective use of technology enhanced learning to augment thecurriculum and to improve student outcomes and to provide a flexible learning provision for the student.

The computer science course is one of the most flexible courses available to undergraduates. This course gives students a solid core understanding in computer science and software development but also allows students to specialise in highly relevant computer science topic areas such as; graphics and games, Business Information Systems, Mobile and Web development, Digital Media Development, and Software Engineering.

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Our aim is to educate, skill, and inspire you to get the very best out of you, so you can not only achieve your full potential, but also be part of the solution for better future through technological change and innovation.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 

  • GCE (A2): DDE/CC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (QCF): MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma : Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a combination of Distinctions, Merits and Passes that equate to 64 new UCAS tariff points plus Maths and English GCSEs grade C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 24 points and Grade 5 or above in either A1 or A2 level (SL or HL) English OR Grade 6 or above in B (HL)
  • Plus Maths & English GCSEs grade C

Functional Skills accepted in lieu of GCSE English/Mathematics

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Typical offer

International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

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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

Careers

Career prospects for Computer Science students are excellent, and students on graduation can be expected to follow these typical career routes:

Graduate career roles: Computer Programmer, Web Developer, Junior Specialist Developer, Software Developer

Early to mid-career roles: Computer Systems Analysts, Computer System Engineers, Software QA, Database Administrators, Research and Development, Network Systems Administration, Software Designer

Senior roles: Senior Application Developer, Lead Developer, Chief Technical Officer, Lead Researcher, Senior Systems Architect or Analyst

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

International tuition fee: (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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