BSc (Hons) Computing (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodeI908
- Year of entry 2023
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
1st in Wales
for teaching satisfaction (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*
2nd in the UK
for course satisfaction (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*
4th in UK
for student experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*
Why choose this course?
Computing specialists are in high demand as technology now plays a role in almost everything we do. Our Computing degree combines the core principles of the field with a forward-looking approach to embracing and driving new developments.
- Be prepared for a career in an exciting industry with highly sought-after skills in computer programming, database development, networking, website development and information systems design.
- Develop practical skills useful in any field of business, such as problem-solving, teamwork, project management and how to use information technology effectively and understanding specialised software.
- Gain practical experience through work placements and working on real-life projects.
- Have the option of an industrial placement year.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 3rd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching, and 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with the course in the Computer Science and Information Systems subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated joint 2nd in Wales for teaching quality and 4th in UK for student experience in the Computer Science subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Key course features
- This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.
- Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further years of study.
- This course responds to identified skills gaps, providing you with the critical understanding, knowledge and skills needed for successful employment.
- Personal development planning is integrated throughout the course to develop the skills framework necessary for effective personal, academic and career management.
- The University is home to ARCLab, which specializes in research in the field of computing and computer science.
- Newly refurbished IT labs.
- Host of the biennial Internet Research Conference, attracting delegates from across the world.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated 3rd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching, and 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with the course in the Computer Science and Information Systems subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated joint 2nd in Wales for teaching quality and 4th in UK for student experience in the Computer Science subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
The foundation year provides students with the knowledge and confidence in the use of formula, data manipulation and representation. You will gain an understanding of the core hardware and software associated with the use of computer systems, as well as keep up to date with current developments in technology. There will be numerous opportunities to work on practical activities, such as robots and CAD design which will be further developed at degree level.
- Design & Technology
- Computer Hardware & Software
- The Skills You Need
- Computing Mathematics
- Development in Technology
- Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)
Level 4 contains essential fundamental material which is relevant in all of our computing programmes. You will learn subject-specific skills along with transferable skills which will increase your employability prospects.
With the support of your tutors, you will learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications. You will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of some of the tools, practices and methodologies used in the specification, design, implementation and testing of computer software systems.
- Computer Systems
- Managing Data
- Problem Solving with Programming
- Information and Systems Engineering
- Web Design and Development
- Game Asset Development
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)
Level 5 continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. You will also undertake a group project where you will gain important skills in project management techniques and the professional and ethical issues of project management. You will also deepen your knowledge of programming concepts and approaches, as well as be introduced to systems development techniques and the professional, legal and ethical issues relevant to the computing and IT industry.
- Databases and Web-Based Information Systems
- User Experience Design
- Internet & Mobile Applications Development
- Responsible Computing
- Applied Programming
- Group Project
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)
Once you reach your final year, you will further develop your skills through taught modules and research, with a focus on the latest developments in your chosen discipline. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which will help prepare you for the kind of tasks and situations you may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will require the type of evaluation of technical and non-technical factors, and the management of methodologies and systems development techniques that IT professionals exercise early in their careers.
- IT Project Management
- Distributed Data and Data Analytics
- Advanced Mobile Development
- Future Technologies
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Our general requirement for the foundation year is UCAS tariff points of 48-72, but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria above will be assessed on an individual basis by interview.
Teaching & Assessment
Assessment is seen as an integral part of learning and assessment criteria are linked to individual module learning outcomes.
Assessment methods include practical assessments, reports and essays, analysis of case studies, oral presentations, seminar papers, project work, personal development portfolio, examinations and unseen class tests. Assessment will involve both individual and group/team-based assignments.
In the specialist security modules, students will be able to get hands-on experience of practical assessment that will see them configuring a range of computer systems and going through the processes of penetration testing and ethical hacking.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Computing is essential to most careers these days, however, this course will specifically prepare you for a number of specific industry-related positions such as:
- Network/Database Designer
- Network/Database Manager
- Web Developer
- Developer/Software Applications Developer
- Interactive multimedia roles
- IT support
- IT consultancy
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.