De Montfort University
Foundation Year in Computing BSc (Hons)
De Montfort University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Foundation Year in Computing at De Montfort University is the first year in an integrated four year programme of study, which includes an undergraduate degree. It provides an introduction to computing and information technology. This course allows those without the necessary qualifications to be able to study towards an undergraduate computing course. If you missed the chance to go to university after school, if you’re looking for a change of career, or if you’re a parent planning to return to employment, our foundation in Computing is the ideal course. Our software is often accessible via remote access, enabling you to work from home when there are no timetabled sessions. The course covers the basics of cutting-edge IT topics, such as computer animation, as well as more familiar office applications, such as spreadsheets and databases. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive workshop environment.

Computer Science and Informatics research at DMU was ranked third among modern UK universities for its research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

The course is taught by dedicated staff with experience of supporting students who need additional help with academic study. You will work together with staff in a friendly and supportive environment in small groups of up to 20 students. The four modules on the course run concurrently over the academic year. Assessments across the four modules consist of both individual and group work. There are no formal exams but there are phase tests held under exam conditions. The majority of the work is assessed through time constrained coursework, which will be issued at regular intervals across the two terms. You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 additional hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

from at least 1 A-Level Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent.

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees Foundation Year in Computing BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14750 year 1
International £14750 year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X linked to the retail price index and the fee cap set by the Government.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About De Montfort University

De Montfort University, abbreviated as DMU, was founded in 1896 in the small city of Leicester, East Midlands. This university enjoys particularly strong post-graduation employment statistics, which can be explained by their commitment to work experience placements for all students on any courses. International students are well taken care of here. They receive orientation courses intended to provide advice and guidance on living in the UK, and free English language classes are provided to bring all new students up to speed.

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Where is this programme taught

Leicester Campus
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