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Computer Science - Level 6 BSc (Hons) with a foundation year, Staffordshire University


Start Date: 4 September 2023
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Level: Level 6
Meets on: Monday, 09:00 - 16:15 & Tuesday, 09:00 - 16:15
Location: Regent's Park Centre
Suitable for: Adults
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Start Date: 2 September 2024
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Level: Level 6
Location: Regent's Park Centre
Suitable for: Adults
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This course is taught in class sessions and will give you the chance to gain the knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a computer science specialist.

During the Foundation year, teaching is delivered by Westminster Kingsway College at our Regent's Park Centre, central London, in a combined teaching programme with lecturers from Staffordshire University and in partnership with many different industry professionals. During this Foundation year, you will also have regular visits to Staffordshire University's London Digital Institute, in East London.

After the Foundation year, the remaining of the course is completed at the Digital Institute.

This Computer Science degree combines a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals. Our teaching facilities include specialist computing labs with the latest software. The course is designed with input from Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Cisco, and as part of your module choices, you can elect to study for certifications from both AWS and Cisco, as well as from Microsoft.

Find out more about years 1-3 at Computer Science - Staffordshire University London (

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

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Foundation year

Study Skills and Professional Development (Regent's Park Centre, Westminster Kingsway College)

This module is designed to help you to acquire the skills you need to develop and succeed both academically and as a professional practitioner. The focus is on your personal and professional development. You will be encouraged and supported in the creation of a portfolio to record aspects of your academic and personal skills. The module also identifies and explores ethical, legal, communication, and other non-technical factors that contribute to the success (or failure) of the development of IT systems in a professional environment. It introduces fundamental skills and knowledge that will help prepare you for professional employment or for a business start-up.

Web Technology and Programming (Regent's Park Centre, Westminster Kingsway College)

This module will introduce you to web and programming techniques and develop your practical skills to enhance your employability in the growing area of software development. In studying the module, you will create solutions to computing problems you have been set. You will study web standards, design, implementation, and testing strategies.

Networks, Statistics and Probability (London Digital Institute, Staffordshire University, East London)

This module introduces a variety of topics to build your skills and understanding of networking and maths. The course also introduces networking devices and the iOS operating system (other OS can be used). You will learn how networks are set up, how devices are configured, how communication takes place on a network, and the basics of implementing network security best practices. This will enhance your confidence in communicating your knowledge and working with networking-related professions. This course includes activities that expand on the course material presented. The module also covers maths, statistics and probability in order to develop the required skills for future degree study.

Group Project (Regent's Park Centre, Westminster Kingsway College)

Teamwork is essential in computing, and this module gives you the opportunity to develop your team working skills. You will explore some of the theories about teams and group work and importantly use them to inform your behaviour whilst working on a group project. You will identify an organisation to base your work around and produce an application to support their activity. Groups will be made up of students with interests in many areas of computing so the chance to draw on each other's interests will enhance the potential solutions to the organisations you work with. At the end of the module, you will reflect on the successes and challenges of working in groups with an increased toolset for future collaborative activity.

Year 1

  • Software Development and Application Modelling
  • Digital Technologies
  • Networking Concepts and Cyber Security
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems

Year 2

  • Commercial Computing
  • Databases and Data Structures
  • Data Science and Advanced Data Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensics

Year 3

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Multiple Devices and User Experience
  • Enterprise Cloud & Distributed Web Applications
  • Developing the Cloud
  • Final Year Project


  • UCAS Tariff - 48 points
  • A level - CE
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) - PPP


This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline.

Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work, you will also write reports and deliver presentations. Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

Foundation year

  • 42% practical exams
  • 56% coursework
  • 1% written exams

Year 1

  • 48% practical exams
  • 13% coursework
  • 40% written exams

Year 2

  • 50% practical exams
  • 38% coursework
  • 13% written exams

Year 3

  • 25% practical exams
  • 63% coursework
  • 13% written exams


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.


UK/Channel Islands: £9,250 per year of study (full time)

International: £14,500 per year of study (full time)

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year, but this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).


Successful completion of this degree can lead to a wide rane of jobs in computing. For example:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Architect
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • IT Security Consultant

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