In a nutshell
We’re living in an exciting age, when visionary technologies are quickly becoming the everyday. Computing has progressed so far in the last 20 years that the smartphone in your hand is more powerful than the world’s leading desktop computers once were. As technology and converging technology infiltrate and disrupt every global industry, now is the time to study computer science.
Our flagship computer science course will provide you with a broad understanding of the field of computing with a core specialism in programming. You’ll develop an understanding of methodical approaches to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of object-oriented systems using the Java language. You'll graduate with a solution-focused approach and a critical awareness of applying the right skills to complete a specific goal.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, you’ll be educated to the highest industry standards. The purpose of accreditation is to confirm that our course meets the required standards for entering a career in the IT industry. We’ll ensure you adopt a professional approach, making you aware of laws, regulations and competences needed to work with other IT professionals.
This Foundation Year entry route will develop your computing knowledge and prepare your skillset, so you're ready to study our full BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll progress on to the full degree.
- Gain programming practice through design, implementation and testing, with appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour
- Learn the principles of relational database management system, measuring their implementation and efficiency using emerging trends
- Explore the theory and practice of website design, understanding human-computer interaction and designing and analysing user interfaces
- Use real-time 3D graphics toolkits, and expand your Java knowledge to use C++ programming language
- Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the computer science undergraduate degree
This is for you if...
You want to study computer science but don't have the requirements for direct entry onto the full Honours degree
You're interested in how things work rather than just wanting to use them
You've got a keen attention to detail, enjoy problem-solving and like to use your initiative
All about the course
Having the ability to apply ideas and techniques is at the heart of computing, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies. Our computer science courses put you in charge of the computer – so it does what you want it to do.
Computer Science with Foundation Year provides the basis for further study on one of our industry-accredited computing degree courses. You’ll explore programming for standalone applications and websites. You’ll apply mathematics and learn to describe how things work, with the opportunity to use some exciting gadgets, such as beacons and robot arms. On successful completion of the foundation year, you'll progress on to the first year of the Computer Science undergraduate course.
In year one, you'll explore essential modules in programming, databases and computer systems. You'll look at Java, Linux, databases, artificial intelligence, networking and computer graphics. As you progress to year two, you'll build knowledge in artificial intelligence, data mining, data structures, networking and design patterns.
In your final year, you'll complete further modules specific to software and computer graphics, with optional modules in development, virtual reality and information security. You'll also complete an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of computer science.
This module will explore low-level details of some key computer components. It will teach you how to decompose some real-world systems into smaller subsystems, and how to make complex operations out of simple operations.
Computing Mathematics FY
This module will cover some core mathematics in order to get you up to something between GCSE and A2 level. The maths included is targeted at what will be useful later in the course, such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, coordinate geometry, probability and statistics.
You will be introduced to a systematic approach to programming, and you will develop an appreciation of the software development cycle. You will learn excellent programming practice through design, implementation and testing, and will be introduced to the basics of a structured programming of integrated programming environment.
You will strengthen your syntax and semantics base of Java developed in the ‘Programming 1’ module. You will develop an appreciation of recursion as well as your knowledge of dynamic data structures. Additionally, you will learn how to test and debug code, along with an appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour. You will be introduced to a non-BlueJ means of compiling and executing Java applications.
This module will share fundamental knowledge of database management systems, their design, implementation and applications. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of relational database management system, and how to implement and maintain an efficient database system.
Professional Development and Practices
You will be introduced to the business context and application of computing and information systems. You will explore this through societal, professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding business practices and the theory and process of project delivery to a professional standard.
Web Development and Human Computer Interfaces
You will be introduced to theory and practice of website design and development and develop knowledge and understanding of human-computer interaction and techniques for designing and analysing user interfaces. You will also gain skills and practical experience of designing, developing and testing websites using HTML5 & Cascading Sheets (CSS).
Computer System Internals and Linux
This module will provide you with an in-depth low-level knowledge of computer systems, concentrating on computer architecture, operating systems and communications technology. You will also start to develop skills in the use of Unix-like operating systems at command-line level, writing and using simple scripts and batch files and the simple system administration of a standalone Linux PC.
Software Project with Agile Techniques
This module combines technical work in computer programming with personal development planning. You will work in a group to design, develop, document and demonstrate a solution to a problem, working to a professional standard. This module also introduces agile techniques and methodologies and provides an opportunity for applying, evaluating and reflecting on these techniques.
AI and Data Mining
You will be introduced to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Mining (DM) techniques for problem solving. You will become familiar with AI techniques and terminology for knowledge representation and searching, and gain an understanding of DM algorithms, and learn how these techniques are used in real world applications.
Data Structures and Algorithms
In this module you will be introduced to some of the most important data structures used in the design and implementation of computer software and shown how these are implemented using Java. You will then learn to analyse the requirements of algorithm resources to allow you to provide a sound basis for objective choice when dealing with competing algorithms.
Networking and Security
You will learn in detail how the Internet works, from local area networks to global networks. This will include designing and troubleshooting networks, and configuring and testing network applications. You will also look at security vulnerabilities, cryptographic principles, protocols, C-I-A trade-offs, firewalls and legal implications. You will apply these principles to designing solutions for some realistic case studies.
You will receive a broad overview of software development methods and techniques, focusing on various modelling and design approaches. You will develop understanding of the application of generic pattern based strategies for resolving common high-level problems in object orientated design. You will develop problem recognition and categorisation and learn how (and when) established pattern based solutions can be identified and applied as solutions.
Client Server Programming
You will learn how to develop sophisticated web browser-based business and consumer software. This include client-side and server-side programming languages, styles and technologies. You will lean how to follow good practice in terms of security and legal compliance.
You will develop your range of employability 'soft skills' to give you an advantage when applying for placements and performing well whilst on placement. Employers value a combination of technical and interpersonal skills. This module will draw from our extensive industry contacts to demonstrate the range of skills needed to succeed in your career and help you develop a career plan.
Software Quality Management
You will study the idea of quality and its importance in the software development process. Using a variety of metrics, prediction systems and models you will build an appreciation of the worth of quality in any software development project. This will help you become a confident user interface developer through the use of appropriate and rigorous usability engineering techniques and guidelines.
You will learn about aspects of object-programming applied to high-level real-time 3D graphics toolkits using the C++ programming language. You will study the mathematics of graphical transformations and apply this within computer laboratories in which real-world applications can be demonstrated.
Project for Computer Science
You will undertake an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of computer science. You can select your own area of study, identify and develop a realistic problem and, working independently and in a professional manner, organise, sustain and report on your project in a way which is both detailed and reflective.
Optional modules (choose two)
Virtual Reality and 3D Games
This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices and measures of virtual reality technology and the development of interactive 3D worlds. Applications of the technology that will be used are from across sectors including the computer games industry, medicine, energy, engineering and science. You will develop your programming to an advanced level of understanding and experience of modern interactive 3D engine development.
This module aims to provide students with business and enterprise concepts to allow them to analyse and evaluate business practices, concepts, theories and frameworks and their relationship to the strategic and operational management of an enterprise or a project. This is intended to complement the technical project management content of the course and provide a real-world context linked to current enterprise activities at the university. You will also learn about freelancing.
The module will provide an introduction to the key technologies used to provide interactive web sites and interactive applications for use with mobile devices, taking into account the unique environment in which these applications operate. Consideration will be given to how to use these technologies whilst still maintaining web standards, particularly accessibility.
Information Security Management
You will explore the creation and implementation of information security policies in organisations, with an emphasis on risk management and business continuity planning. You will consider both the practicalities of implementation in a real-world setting, and the various legal and ethical issues involved. You’ll learn to identify assets, vulnerabilities, threats and controls and to consider issues of security culture.
Introducing you to the field of deep learning and its applications, you will learn about the deep learning architectures and algorithms that are used in applications such as face recognition, speech recognition and medical diagnosis. You will also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills using the Python programming language and utilizing a deep learning framework to develop predictive models and applications.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
You'll develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:
- Practical laboratories
- Case studies
- Group work
- Project work
You'll be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:
- Examinations to assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
- Assignments to assess your response to a larger problem
- Practical tests to assess your ability to apply appropriate skills to a problem
- Projects to assess your ability to create a plan, identify possibilities, make decisions, carry out the plan, and reflect on the choices and outcome
- Software development tasks to demonstrate your work
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.
Salford has a range of specialist computing suites and laboratories at our main Peel Park campus, including our networking laboratory and dedicated final year project laboratory. Cisco-related laboratory classes are delivered at our MediaCityUK campus. These facilities also provide opportunities for you to gain additional Cisco Certified Network Associate status.
At both campuses, our computer suites are equipped with Macs and PCs configured with the specialist software required for modules involving database systems, web content creation, mobile networking, network simulation, internet security and forensics.
What about after uni?
Once you complete the full honours degree, you'll graduate with exciting and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you.
With demonstrable programming skills, supported by a large portfolio of practical work, you'll have a skill set applicable across many industries. Many graduates choose to work as programmers and software developers, but others progress to other IT-based roles including consultancy, system development, or as computer analysts.
Our computer science alumni have found employment with leading national companies across a range of industries, such as Sainsburys, Cisco, Microsoft, SIS, Autotrader, HMRC, Ferranti and Civica, plus local firms emerging in the fast-growing North West tech community.
You might find you want to learn more about computing, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount.
Our experienced team maintains strong links with the industry and professional bodies, which provides guest speakers and placements. This approach ensures that we gain multiple perspectives from the IT industry, maintains course content relevance and provides our students with the applicable skills needed for the digital age.
We run an industrial liaison committee to provide us with industry-focused advice and ensure that our modules are relevant. Organisations involved are a mixture of IT-led businesses and those who make advanced of IT, including Web Applications UK, AutoTrader, Cooperative, DAI and FastWebMedia.
The Manchester city-region is a growing centre for digital excellence, as evidenced by the opening of a Government Communications Agency site (GCHQ) in the city. The University of Salford is a founding member of the £6m GM Cyber Foundry, an initiative that aims to help protect regional small and medium-sized companies against malicious computer attacks.
What you need to know
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
We're looking for applicants with a strong interest in computing. The Foundation Year is recommended for applicants who:
Feel that their background makes them more “keen users of computers” rather than “curious about low-level details”, but who want to increase their depth of knowledge
Feel that their mathematics would benefit from some improvement before embarking on a degree course
Have not studied a computing or numerate subject at school/college, but want to pursue a computing career
- Wish to return to education after a long time in employment
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Where english is not your first language you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English and Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
64 UCAS points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing to A-Level or equivalent standard. 72 UCAS points from any subject combination without Mathematics or Computing.
64 UCAS points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing. 72 UCAS points from any subject combination without Mathematics or Computing.
BTEC Higher National Diploma
MPP from Computing or a numerate subject. MMP from other subjects.
Access to HE
Pass from a QAA-approved computer-related subject.
64 UCAS points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing. 72 UCAS points from any subject combination.
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 UCAS points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing. 72 UCAS points from any subject combination without Mathematics or Computing.
Contact Admissions for further information.
Contact Admissions for further information.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please contact Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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