The Mathematics and Computing with an Integrated Foundation Year will introduce you to these two fascinating and wideranging subjects. A key aim of the course is to help you to discover where your interests lie. You might opt for computer science and work with ever more sophisticated computer technology and information systems. Or you may find yourself drawn to mathematics where you will learn to model and solve problems from the worlds of business, finance and science. The foundation year is an integral part of the degree programme and eligible students can apply for funding from the Student Loans Company for the length of their course. We recommend that you apply for funding for the five-year programme, which can be reduced if you decide not to take a placement. As a foundation year student, you can also benefit from living on campus. Taking this course is a smart way to start on your career path. Not everyone has the qualifications they need to begin a particular degree course straight away. This full-time course will build on your existing qualifications and introduce you to the exciting and fast-moving disciplines of computing and mathematics. The foundation year covers material usually taught in A-level Mathematics and ICT, so you’ll be well equipped to begin a BSc programme in any of our mathematics or computing courses. In the first semester, the programme focuses on the underlying algebra and computing required for any subsequent degree. There is also an innovative module on study skills comprising communication and employability skills. In the second semester you can choose to specialise in mathematics or computing. You’ll learn from your tutors and by working with fellow students. Lectures offer a broad overview of key concepts and ideas, giving you a useful framework to pursue more in-depth study. Smaller tutorial groups enable you to work on mathematics and computing-related problems with guidance from a staff member. Computer workshops form a major part of the computing modules. Graduates from our department have gone on to work for research organisations or the government; or they have moved into teaching. Many of our graduates work in the financial and marketing sectors with senior positions in areas such as consultancy and advertising. You’ll find our graduates at companies including Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Xerox and Virgin Trains. Others continue to postgraduate or professional qualifications.