Level 3 (Foundation Year) is delivered at Hugh Baird College to provide a focussed transition to an Engineering and Technology degree Graduate with excellent career prospects plus an understanding of both computing and the business environment, with this BSc (Hons) degree. The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto your chosen honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year at Hugh Baird College you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree delivered at LJMU. The business world will always need ICT professionals who can analyse, design and develop computer-based systems. The professionally accredited Computer Studies degree will help you gain key skills in computer information systems design and development. The degree also considers the business environment, which will provide you with excellent career prospects once you graduate. The Department of Computer Science offers you a vibrant and supportive student experience. You will have access to excellent facilities, including several specialist teaching laboratories with over 400 workstations, hosting the latest software applications. The Department is highly rated for its research in computing and information systems. This research directly informs what you will study on the degree. The Computer Studies degree programme is designed to combine theory and practice and you will study the following themes: Computer Programming and Problem Solving, Computer Systems Architecture, Internet and Web Technologies, Database Development, Object Oriented Systems Development, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Object Oriented Systems Development, Project Management, Business Systems Analysis, HCI and User Interface Design, Website and E-Commerce Management. The Department has strong links with a large number of local and national organisations, so you will have plenty of options when you come to choose your third year paid work placement. This placement will give you a taste of what it's really like to work in the industry and a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. Past students have completed sandwich placements at companies such as Microsoft, Lilly UK, IBM, Reuters, Experian and Unilever to name just a few.