Computer Networks and Communications with Foundation BSc Honours

Apply via UCAS

UCAS code: G427 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £6,000.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

Engineering Foundation

This course is well-suited for applicants who have aspirations to pursue a career in engineering and technology, but lack the appropriate entry qualifications. It is a well-established course and was the first of its kind in the UK in the late 1980s. This course provides a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of engineering including electronics, computer programming, communications and network engineering as well as mathematics, thereby preparing you for subsequent BEng and BSc study. The subject modules are embedded with a lot of practical content so as to enhance your understanding and engineering problem skills. 

Good performance on the Foundation guarantees you a place on one of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Electronic and Instrumentation Engineering, Computer Systems and Robotics, or Computer Networks and Security degree courses at the University of Westminster.

Communications technology requires knowledge of the interaction of hardware and software in complex networks. This course covers all aspects of computer networks, from the physical transmission of signals, through the protocols required for the safe transmission of data, to the end-to-end services built on the communications backbone. Wired and wireless networks are covered, and special emphasis is placed on the transportation of real-time audio and video media. There is also a strong focus on support and services for wired and wireless communication systems.

The course will give you the understanding, experience and flexibility to work at different levels with networked communication systems, from digital modulation through network architecture, routing and management. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as BT, Cisco, Claranet, Dell, Google Enterprise, Hachette, HP, Huawei Technologies, JVC Europe and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

Course content

Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy and this course allows you to register for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exams. All Cisco-relevant material is covered in core modules throughout the course. You can transfer to the Computer Network Security BSc Honours course at the end of the common first year.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Foundation Year (Credit Level 3)

Subjects of study include:

  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics 
  • Computers and Networks
  • Programming
  • Communications
  • Problem Solving & Professional Practice

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

In the first year you will focus on the fundamental principles of networking, computer hardware and software development, creating a solid foundation for the remainder of the course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Digital Systems
  • Embedded Systems Project
  • Mathematics
  • Programming

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Greater emphasis is placed on developing technical skills in network engineering, network software development, operating systems and communication systems. An option module from computer systems engineering or network security allows you to expand your expertise and technical skills.

Subjects of study include:

  • Communication Systems
  • Local and Wide-Area Networks
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Professional Employability Skills and Management


  • Applied Cryptography
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Threats and Counter Measures

Industrial placement year

You can take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It contributes to your professional development towards Chartered Engineer status.

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

The network theme is further advanced and the issues of implementation, configuration and dealing with present day data streams are addressed.

You can broaden your knowledge by choosing two option modules covering network security issues, communication systems or operating systems. You will also complete a major project using the technical and engineering skills you developed during the course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Distributed Systems and Network Software
  • Enterprise Network Engineering
  • Individual Project
  • Multimedia Streaming


  • Advanced Network Programming
  • Computer System Security
  • Network Security Systems
  • Network Simulation
  • Operating Systems Structure
  • Wireless Communications

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society (BCS).

This entitles you to become a Chartered Engineer, after a period of experience.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

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

All of our courses offer you the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market contributing to your professional development. You will be put in touch with employers during your second year and will be prepared for interviews and placement applications thereby improving your employability skills. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Engineering Council, enabling you to become a Chartered and Incorporated Engineer after gaining professional experience. We are an Enhanced Academic Partner of the IET, which gives you unique access to industrial practice. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the BBC, British Aerospace, Broadcom, BSkyB, BT, CISCO, Fujitsu, GE, Intel, IBM, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Orange, O2, Panasonic, Philips and Sony as well as many small and medium-sized enterprises. Some have started up their own businesses in manufacturing or consultancy or worked in the financial sector and the City.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

As an electronic engineering undergraduate at the University of Westminster, you will be part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, based at our purpose-built Cavendish Campus in the heart of London, close to major industry headquarters and the City. The Faculty and Campus have undergone a major programme of refurbishment, with more than £30 million invested in creating cutting-edge learning environments and opportunities. You will benefit from fantastic facilities and resources including numerous laboratories offering access to Windows, Linux and Unix platforms running industry-standard, computer-aided analysis and design applications.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

18 March 2017Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone
21 June 2017Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
View subject-specific open days

Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

Find out more about our faculty

Student success

Business Intelligence and Analytics student wins first prize at the Retail Masters dissertations competition.


Computer and Network Engineering - YouTube

Watch our video to find out more about studying Computer and Network Engineering courses with us.