This programme equips you with an in-depth understanding of the key conceptual and technological issues involved in building software systems. The Foundation Year provides an alternative entry route for students who don’t currently have the necessary academic profile to enter on to degree level study. You'll learn to develop simple software programs, a key feature of our department is its interdisciplinarity, so you'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas. Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year of the BSc Computer Science. After completing this degree, you'll have a strong understanding of how to design, develop and apply software in all areas of commerce and industry. You'll have the option of taking an industrial placement year between the second and final year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience in a computing, digital design or information technology field. You'll develop a clear sense of the issues involved in building and maintaining reliable software for the sophisticated demands of today's market and for the software industry as it develops throughout the 21st century. You'll explore how computing interacts with a wide range of other subject areas, including applications in the arts and creative industries.