Passionate about computing careers, but not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Coming to computing with no formal background in the subject? This one-year computing foundation is the ideal way to learn essential programming, web design, networking and security skills before starting a specialist three-year course. Our computing courses are part of the School of Media Arts and Technology, where there are courses covering every aspect of computing and media technology. On completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to join the first year of a course within the computing area. You’ll get to grips with the basics of computer programming by taking part in creative and fun practical projects. These will be carried out under the guidance of a teaching team with a wide portfolio of experience and skills. Personal development is crucial - you will be supported in improving your academic confidence and start on the road to becoming an independent learner. We encourage teamwork and cross-discipline collaboration, both of which are highly valued by employers. Solent’s computing team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. You will be encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements, attend industry events and learn from specialist guest speakers. Successful completion of the Computing Foundation year will provide a pathway to the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology degree. Students studying information technology management here at Solent will have the opportunity to use the latest software and hardware in our dedicated computing and networking labs. These include our usability labs, which use eye-tracking technology to test the functionality of digital platforms and the quality of the user experience. Southampton Solent University also operates a devices lab - an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing. Successful students will have the opportunity to gain an Oracle certification alongside their degree. This shows employers that they possess proven skills and opens up the door to further certification through the ‘Oracle University’ programme. Business information technology at Southampton Solent University has a strong focus on employability. This means that the curriculum is designed to equip students with skills that are relevant to employers. Students are also encouraged to take part in placements in their third year of study, or during their summer breaks.