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BSc Computer Science with Foundation Year - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code I403
Duration 4 year integrated degree programme: 1 year Foundation year plus 3 year undergraduate degree programme
Entry year 2025
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Computer Science
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Typical offer

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Eligibility: UK (Home Fee) students who fulfil the criteria as shown within our eligibility criteria below

Contextual offers

Overview

We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility and are committed to delivering this through our education. We aim to widen participation and raise attainment - bridging gaps in retention, progression and success - to ensure our students enjoy the best possible outcome.

In support of the University’s Access and Participation Plan this course is only open to UK domiciled students who meet our contextual offer eligibility criteria, or are classed as Mature Students, and who may not have met the entry requirements for first-year entry or have not been able to take A-level Mathematics alongside a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma. Check if you are eligible to join this programme on our Contextual offers webpages.

  • It covers the core mathematics required to successfully complete a Computer Science degree programme at the University of Exeter
  • You’ll be learning in a friendly and structured environment and will be supported academically and personally as you prepare to study a Computer Science undergraduate degree.
  • Provided you achieve the specific progression criteria, you will progress into Year 1 of the BSc Computer Science programme. 
  • Depending upon the qualifications you’ve gained prior to beginning the Foundation programme it may be possible to transfer to an undergraduate programme in Data Science, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering or Physics which have a foundation year and provided you meet the entry requirements for that programme
  • International students looking for a foundation course, please visit our INTO page.

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 20 for Computer Science

20th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Excellent facilities spanning a wide range of machine types and software ecosystems

Partner to the Alan Turing Institute

Top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects

16th for graduate prospects for Computer Science in the Complete University Guide 2024 (94%)

We’re really proud to launch our foundation programme pathways which demonstrate our commitment to widening access to our computer science, data science, engineering, maths, physics and natural science programmes.

For any student who has not had the opportunity to demonstrate their true ability in A-level maths, whether through educational disadvantage, exceptional circumstances or making the wrong choices, this programme offers an alternative route into STEM at Exeter.

Professor Nicola King

Associate Dean for Education

Eligibility criteria

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level BCC GCE AL Maths grade C. We will also accept AS Maths at A or Core Maths at A in lieu of A level Maths. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
IB 26/544 Maths HL 4 or SL 6
BTEC DMM BTEC Extended Diploma
GCSE 4/C  Grade C or 4 in GCSE English language
Access to HE 19 L3 credits at Distinctions Grade and 26 L3 credits at Merit Grade or below
12 L3 credits in Maths at Pass Grade in an appropriate Mathematics subject

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply.

In support of the University’s Access and Participation Plan this course is only open to UK domiciled students who meet our contextual offer eligibility criteria and who may not have met the entry requirements for first year entry or have not been able to take A-level Mathematics alongside a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma. Check if you are eligible to join this programme on our contextual offer webpages.

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Course content

The Foundation Year is part of an integrated 4 year undergraduate degree programme. The information below relates to the Foundation Year only. Please see BSc Computer Science for further information and details of the modules available on the degree programme you can progress to from the Foundation Year.

The course comprises of 90 credits of core maths, to elevate students’ knowledge to A-level grade A standard, plus some aspects of the further maths curriculum, but concentrating on developing core mathematical skills.

The other 30 credits comprise a project that includes key skills for university study.

Exeter’s foundation has been created to support and prepare students for the challenges of an undergraduate degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences or Engineering.

The programme has been designed for students with the passion and aptitude for a degree, but who may have missed our standard entry criteria for various reasons, and is a call to widen participation and increase access to higher education.

Dr Houry Melkonian

Foundation Year Course Director

Fees

 

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year

Scholarships

The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

The way you learn at university may be different from what you have experienced before. Depending on your course, you may encounter a variety of teaching methods.

In the Foundation year of this programme, you will experience a range of teaching and learning activities including lectures, workshops, tutorials, group projects/presentations and/or seminars. The mathematics modules at this stage comprise of 90 credits in total, while 'Science: Skills and Culture' module is 30 credits. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time including guided independent study hours.

Visit our course pages for details of the Learning and Teaching methods on the BSc Data Science degree programme for the subsequent years of your chosen degree programme.

A research and practice led culture

You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising of internationally-recognised experts active across a wide range of topics in your chosen degree programme. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become involved in a research project yourself.

Private study and support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services, and we encourage you to discuss subject related questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of summative assessments. You must pass your foundation year and meet the progression criteria to progress to Year 1 of the BSc Data Science programme, but the results do not count towards your degree classification.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Law
  • Social Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

A degree from Exeter is highly valued by employers. Management and personal skills are built into our programmes and our students take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular and personal development opportunities offered by the University, including  volunteering and playing an active role in student societies.

Our staff are active in developing our programmes and services to improve the employability of our students. We also have a dedicated Careers Consultant who provides career workshops tailored to computer science, as well as support in job applications and interview skills. The Career Zone run several careers fairs throughout the year which are particularly successful in putting major UK employers in touch with Exeter students. Relevant employers visit the department from the first year to meet and hold mock interviews with students, with the aim of helping them to develop their career ideas at an early enough stage to help with module choices and placement decisions.

Career opportunities for computer scientists are limitless and graduates can be found working in the private and public sector in areas such as software engineering, health, communications, education, life sciences, physical sciences, finance and manufacturing. Computer scientists from Exeter have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who typically claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities.

Our single honours Computer Science degrees explore more than simply how computers and software work.  They focus on the wider context within which the subject must operate; from the precise technical details to the social, scientific and industrial application. By combining logical thinking with key mathematical skills, they will lead to a wide variety of careers which require graduates who understand the science behind computer technology.

Career Paths

As an Exeter Computer Science and IT graduate you may find yourself working with business IT systems, the web, mobile communications, games technology, or in the management and development of the safety-critical systems that control planes, trains and power stations.

The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Computer Science but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:

  • Academic research
  • Business Analysts, Architects or Systems Designer
  • Cyber Security Professional
  • Engineer
  • Financial Accounts Manager
  • IT Network Professional
  • IT Quality and Testing Professional
  • Programmer
  • Software Developer

Industrial Experience

Our staff are active in developing our programmes and services to improve the employability of our students. We also have a dedicated Careers Consultant who provides career workshops tailored to computer science, as well as support in job applications and interview skills. The Career Zone run several careers fairs throughout the year which are particularly successful in putting major UK employers in touch with Exeter students. Relevant employers visit the department from the first year to meet and hold mock interviews with students, with the aim of helping them to develop their career ideas at an early enough stage to help with module choices and placement decisions.

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