Computer Systems Engineering with Foundation BSc Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
|International Baccalaureate||24 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade D in a relevant subject eg IT or Engineering, and a relevant ASL at Grade D|
|GCSE Maths and English||Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted)|
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.
Computer systems engineering is a growing market in today’s computer industry. Embedded systems have become widespread in industry and can be found in almost all modern consumer devices, from washing machines to cars. This course focuses on three main areas – the computer system, embedded systems and program development.
The course aims to develop your skills as a strong computer-based engineer, in demand in both industry and research. You will have the technical expertise and knowledge to take a good idea from conception through to a viable product, a key characteristic for many employers.
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
- Problem Solving & Professional Practice
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
The course focuses on the fundamental topics that form the basis for a complete knowledge of a computer system and its operation, including programming, computer organisation (including network aspects), and digital systems, and some of these modules are project based.
Subjects of study include:
- Audio Processing Using an Embedded Microcomputer
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Digital Systems
- Electronics and Circuits
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
You are introduced via three group-based project modules to the design and implementation of sequential circuits using field-programmable gate arrays, embedded microprocessor systems, and data transmission, giving you hands-on experience in the implementation of these advanced technologies. Software design is also included.
Subjects of study include:
- Computer Networks
- Computer Systems Engineering
- Event-Driven and GUI Programming
- FPGA Design*
- Micromouse Maze-Solving Competition*
- Network Software Engineering
- Operating Systems
- Professional Employability Skills
* these subjects are taught as group projects
Sandwich placement year
A placement in industry may be taken between Year 2 and Year 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It contributes to your professional development towards Incorporated Engineer status.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Advanced topics cover the design and the performance of computers, the design of real-time systems, and making the designs safe and secure. There are also modules dealing with software, networks and industrial project management. This level culminates with you developing a complete project using the engineering knowledge and skills developed during the course.
Subjects of study include:
- Advanced Networks
- Business Finance and Management
- Computer Architecture and Performance
- Concurrent Programming
- Individual Project
- Real-Time and Embedded Systems
- Safety and Security in Systems Design
These courses are accredited by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This entitles you, after a period of experience, to become an Incorporated Engineer.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. Visit kiclondon.org.uk for more information.
Length of course
Three years full-time; four years full-time with sandwich
Central London (Cavendish)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.