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) Computing degree. This hands-on degree programme encourages students to develop an extensive knowledge of computer programming. Students have the opportunity to develop these skills by designing, building and implementing computer systems, culminating in a major final-year software development project. Students are able to select optional units in the third and second year of study. These units include: human-computer interaction (HCI), applications of artificial intelligence, and network management. Selecting optional units allows computing students to tailor their degree to an area they would like to progress into after graduation. The experienced teaching team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. Students are encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements. Previous students have secured placements at GSK, Accenture and Clevertouch. Students will have the chance to showcase their final year projects at an end of year degree show, industry representatives are invited to attend - and in previous years students have secured employment or work experience as a result.