Get the solid technical and professional basis you need to build a career in the different branches of computing, with our foundation degree course.
The course mixes lectures and seminars with work-based learning and alongside the ‘core’ course modules there are plenty of options for you to fine-tune your studies to reflect your interests and career goals.
Initially, you’ll get a detailed introduction to computer systems, design and programming and will start to apply what you learn during your first work placement. You'll then explore specialisms such as databases, software engineering and networks, and get further work experience.
Whether you see yourself designing the next big mobile app, managing international business systems or building the next generation of supercomputers, this course is a solid step in the right direction.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be a confident computer scientist and engineer with a sound understanding of the main principles, valuable work experience and the ability to create applications and solutions using different technologies.
Additionally you’ll be ready for the professional workplace, with a sound knowledge of the relevant methods and practices, strong planning, administration and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work effectively with fellow team members.
Complete this course and you can transfer to year three of either our BEng (Hons) Computer Science course, taught in Cambridge, or BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems, taught in Peterborough.
Our graduates have gone on the successful careers in many areas of computing, including applications development, programming, database development, web infrastructure and applications, business systems, project management, networking and user support.
They’re also working in many different industries, including defence, health, business and telecommunications.
Work experience is an important aspect of this course and we work closely with local employers, both to create placement opportunities and continually develop the course’s content.
We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your presentations, case studies and performance in group work, on placement and in lab-based tasks.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
48 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
Full-time undergraduate (2 years)
Full-time, full-time with placement year undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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