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

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Overview

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

72-80

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 cover a number of topics to prepare you for higher education, including computing, mathematics, numeracy and data analysis and academic skills for higher education.

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Core Units

Academic Skills for Higher Education 1

This unit provides students with a range of essential skills to ensure that students are adequately prepared for undergraduate study and to enhance their employability attributes.

This will cover higher education terminology, independent study, working in groups, time management, note taking, literature review, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations.

Academic Skills for Higher Education 2

This unit continues to provide students with a range of essential skills to ensure that students are adequately prepared for undergraduate study and to enhance their employability attributes. This includes research skills, personal development planning and employability skills.

Numeracy and Data Analysis 1

This unit aims to introduce students to the basic ideas of numeracy, summarising data, probability, statistics and data analysis. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that students will be able to appreciate the usefulness of the learned methods in applications encountered in their linked degree subjects.

Numeracy and Data Analysis 2

This unit aims to introduce students to the basic ideas of algebra, functions, summarising data, probability, statistics and data analysis. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that students will be able to appreciate the usefulness of such methods in applications encountered in their linked degree subjects. Students will also be introduced to Excel.

Foundation Computing 1

This unit will introduce you to the range of computing topics in computer number systems, logic, web programming and multimedia that will be included in your linked degree. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that you will be able to appreciate the usefulness of such methods in applications encountered in your linked degree subjects.

Foundation Computing 2

This unit will introduce you to the range of computing topics in computer programming and design that will be included in your linked degree. The material will be presented in a practical manner so that you will be able to appreciate the usefulness of such methods in applications encountered in your linked degree subjects. 

Foundation Mathematics 1

This unit teaches basic mathematics in a style that will prepare you for the mathematics required on your linked degree. You will study algebra, straight lines, quadratics and trigonometry.

Foundation Mathematics 2

This unit teaches basic mathematics in a style that will prepare you for the mathematics required on your linked degree. You will study functions, exponential and logarithms, differentiation, sketching graphs and integration.

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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Fees

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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£600

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.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our 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 www.mmu.ac.uk/foundation 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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