BSc/MEng Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year is a one year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a degree in the Department of Computer Science in one of the following subject areas:

Computer Science, BSc

Computer Science, MEng

Computer Science with Industrial Experience, BSc

Computer Science with Industrial Experience, MEng

Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction), BSc

Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction), MEng

Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with Industrial Experience, BSc

Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with Industrial Experience, MEng

Computer Science and Mathematics, BSc

Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience, BSc

Software Engineering, BSc  

Software Engineering with Industrial Experience, BSc  

On the Foundation Year you will study mathematics, physics and (where appropriate) chemistry. In addition, you will take modules in Academic Skills and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). You will also complete a group project, related to your intended degree programme and supervised by an academic from your future Department.

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree in the Department of Computer Science.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.

Additional course information

Our Foundation Year 

Our Foundation Year students have the same experience as any other undergraduate at the University of Manchester.  

As a Foundation Year student you will have access to the same facilities, services, clubs and societies including the  libraries , computer clusters, social spaces,  sports facilitiesDASS  (Disability Advisory and Support Service),  Counselling and Mental Health ServiceCareers Service  etc.  

You will be taught by on campus and by University academics - often the same lecturers, in the same rooms, as in the later years of your degree.  

As part of your Foundation Year, you will complete a group project based in your future Department, supervised by an academic from that Department. Many of these projects involve time spent working in the teaching laboratories, alongside fellow undergraduates.  

Our teaching, learning and assessment is delivered to the same standard, using the same methods, and governed by the same rules, regulations and processes as any other undergraduate. In addition to the academic provision, as a student you will also receive the same high-level of welfare and pastoral support as other undergraduates, delivered through the same structures and processes.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by leading academics in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Project work
  • Online content such as tailor-made videos, formative exercises and self-test quizzes

Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.

Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered at the University, by University staff. With strong links to the Department of Computer Science and access to all the same University facilities, the student experience is the same for a Foundation Year student as for any other undergraduate on a computer science degree programme. You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into the first year of your chosen degree programme, on successful completion of the foundation year.

A typical week of study on the Integrated Foundation Year courses will comprise 36 hours of activity, of which approximately 18 hours will be timetabled study and 18 hours will be independent or self-directed study.

More about blended learning

Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Coursework and assessment

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework assignments, written examinations, online tests, written reports and presentations. You will also have many opportunities for self-assessment, to check and guide your progress, using online quizzes, example sheets and tutorial exercises.

Course units for foundation year

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundation in Computer Science-Computational Thinking COMP11012 10 Mandatory
Information and Communications Technology FOUN10011 10 Mandatory
Foundation Year Project FOUN10022 10 Mandatory
Academic Skills FOUN10031 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0B1 MATH19801 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0B2 MATH19812 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0C1 MATH19821 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0C2 MATH19832 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0F2 MATH19842 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0J2 MATH19852 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0N1 MATH19861 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 0D2 MATH19872 10 Mandatory
Chemistry 1 FOUN10001 10 Optional
Chemistry 2 FOUN10042 10 Optional
Matter and Energy Phys 1 FOUN10061 10 Optional
Waves and Particles Phys 3 FOUN10072 10 Optional
World of the Electron Phys 2 FOUN10111 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for foundation year

Scholarships and bursaries

The Foundation Year Bursary  is available to UK students who are registered on an undergraduate foundation year here and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance.

Details of country-specific funding available to international students can be found within our  International country profiles .

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability, therefore, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships please visit our  undergraduate student finance pages  and the Department funding pages that you intend to progress to after successfully completing the Foundation Year.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: