Foundation Year Science and Engineering with a foundation year (Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology route)

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The Department of Computing and Mathematics has a reputation for academic excellence and you’ll learn from research-active staff working at the forefront of their specialist fields – well placed to support and guide you as you discover yours.

The Foundation Year provides a route onto a degree if you don't have the qualifications or have not studied advanced level subjects sufficiently related to your course of choice.

After successful completion of the Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology Foundation Year, you can progress on to one of the relevant BSc (Hons) degrees:

Whichever route you take, you’ll have the skills and understanding you need to undertake further study or get started in your career.

Features and Benefits

“The Foundation Year aims to give the fundamental academic skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study. Our academic and personal support helps to build your confidence and strength in your own abilities and adjust to university life and structure.”

Dr Saeed Abu-Zour, Foundation Year Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Career Prospects

After successful completion of the Computing, Mathematics and Digital Science Foundation Year, you can progress on to the relevant BSc (Hons) degree.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A minimum of 72-80 UCAS Tariff points from A levels (Grades DDD-CDD) or acceptable alternatives (such as level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma MMP or BTEC Diploma DM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D or grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths also accepted.

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology (Foundation) and BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Foundation) require GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with not less than 5.5 in any element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

If you are studying a foundation year degree in computing, mathematics or digital technology, you will study foundation units in computing, mathematics and data analysis.

International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

You will study the following units:

  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Foundation Computing
  • Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Foundation Data Analysis

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Core Units

Foundation Mathematics
This unit teaches basic mathematics in a style that will prepare them for the mathematics required on their linked degree.  It covers topics such as Algebra,Straight lines and Quadratics,Sets and Functions.
Foundation Computing

This unit introduces a range of computing topics that will be important in your linked degree. It covers topics such as: The components and underlying logic of computer systems; creating and styling webpages using HTML and CSS; basic programming concepts including variables, arithmetic operations, program flow and procedural abstraction; and the analysis and design of computer systems in the areas of engineering and computing.

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit covers topics such as: Academic Skills: Higher Education terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations; Research Skills: Conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data;  Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning; Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic; and mental calculations.

Foundation Data Analysis

This unit will develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills required by students on their linked degrees.  It covers areas such as Descriptive statistics; Probability; Statistical inference; and Visual representation of data.

Option Units

English and Academic Practice (Optional Unit)

This unit is designed to provide those whose first language is not English and who come from outside the EU with the language and study skills needed for effective transfer to UK undergraduate courses at Manchester Met. You will learn to present themselves effectively in speaking and writing and to use printed, electronic and other materials and resources efficiently for higher education study. Course content will include language and study skills activities.

English for Academic Study (Optional Unit)
The unit focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The unit is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for the academic demands of their degree course, as well as helping them with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

Additional information about this course

This concerns the costings for the Foundation Year only. The students may then go on to other courses where the costings may be different.

Placement options

Selected degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant industry.

Department of Computing and Mathematics

Our Department of Computing and Mathematics is a vibrant community of staff and students, which prides itself on internal and external collaboration.

The department is committed to teaching and research that addresses societal challenges through disciplines like artificial intelligence, big data, computational fluid dynamics, cyber security, dynamical systems, the internet of things, smart cities, robotics and virtual reality.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs on campus and students can borrow laptops which are suitable for use on these courses. There are no other costs in the Foundation Year. Beyond this point, the students will embark on separate courses that may have their own cost associations, which cannot be included as part of Foundation Year costing.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Visit for a full list of degrees available with an integral foundation year.

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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