The Foundation Year in Computing and Engineering is offered as an entry route to a computing or design engineering degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study. You enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course.
If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto any one of our three-year degree courses. The number of students who progress to degree study are very high - in fact some of these students have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.
During the foundation year you learn how computers are used by a broad range of people and organisations as well as acquiring fundamental software development skills and knowledge of hardware. You also gain relevant mathematical and statistical skills and develop useful communication skills.
The foundation year is for you if:
If you are interested in studying the computing foundation year you must apply to one of the four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to Apply tab for further information about how to apply including UCAS codes.
Successful completion guarantees entry onto one of our suite of career-focused computing or design engineering degrees.
The Foundation Year in Computing Degree is taught in our excellent computer labs at our Hendon campus, by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses and you are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures.
The course will allow you to develop transferable skills in information technology, communication and problem-solving.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
You will study four modules over the year. Each module is one-year long which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth.
The module provides an introduction to some of the fundamental concepts in computing, engineering and networks. Students will learn about the latest developments within computing, both software and hardware, and gain basic understanding of the characteristics and operational behaviour of computer systems and computer communications. The module will assist students in making their degree choice for future careers.
This module provides students with the fundamental written and oral communication skills required to continue studying at degree level. Students will develop analytical skills through a problem solving approach; build their confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using libraries and a range of e-learning resources.
This module introduces some fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of subjects studied at degree level. In a structured and supportive environment students will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understand and describe abstract ideas.
This module provides students with experience in a range of related subject-related projects that reinforce understanding of topics taught, and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in other modules.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
A computing degree prepares you for a wide range of varied careers. As a graduate you will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to work as a self employed director of your own business.
Our careers service offers you a range of support both while you're studying with us – and after you've graduated.
Below are just a few career opportunities that would be open to you as a graduate:
IT Project Manager
An IT project manager specialises in information technology but also in sectors unrelated to IT that rely on IT systems. Their role is to manage the development and implementation of plans to meet business needs and the change control procedures to ensure a smooth transition during the implementation period.
A network engineer is responsible for installing, maintaining and supporting computer communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Their goal is to ensure the smooth operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users (staff, clients, customers, suppliers, etc).
A Systems Designer develops and implements information systems in sectors as diverse as finance, communications and retail. The role can involve working on all elements of the system including hardware, software, installation and maintenance. There are a range of opportunities in this increasingly varied industry.
Forensic Computer Analyst/Scientist
A Forensic Computer Analyst investigates computer-based crime, such as hacking, online scams and fraud, terrorist communications or theft of sensitive company information. They gather evidence and use it to build a case against suspected individuals or criminal networks. Forensic Computer analysts often work with the police or are police officers with specialist training.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. Computing is a highly competitive field so we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity.
We have a dedicated Placement Service which helps you find and plan for a placement.
Louise Stanhope – Apple Internship 2009
Based on our excellent ongoing relationship with Apple, our careers department was asked to recruit a number of high-calibre, and highly motivated students to take part in Apple's first project-based internship scheme in the UK. Students from Imperial College London, Oxford and Cambridge were also invited to apply. With collaboration from the Business School and the School of Engineering and Information Sciences, six of our students applied for one of the three summer internships available at Apple.
As part of the application process our placements team offered the candidates free CV writing and interview workshops. This assistance and individual help from our careers department helped four of our students to be invited by Apple to visit their Stockley Park base for an interview.
Apple informed us that they were 'highly impressed' by our students and after a second interview over I-chat with a member of the Apple team in the USA, BSc Forensic Computing student Louise Stanhope was one of the first students in the UK to be offered a 11-week internship with Apple. Louise has started her internship and is thoroughly enjoying the unique experience helping enhance Apples sales systems.
Louise says: "It is nice to see how a company as large as Apple works and learn about the reality of working. It is obviously a great thing to have on my CV and utilise the experience I am getting. I would love to get a full-time job with Apple when I graduate and this will give me something to help me stand out in the crowd. It has been really interesting to put my degree into practice and learn how businesses work. I am ready for my third year, and after getting my results I am excited to finish my degree and see where it can take me."
We have a dedicated team to help Computing and Engineering students find high-quality placements.
Recent placements include:
Elenia Davis – Yahoo! Mobile, QA Engineer Intern
'A placement is definitely worth while, it means you graduate a year later but the benefits outweigh the cost. You learn things you cannot learn in a class room at university. The placement office is a big help. They do not just advise you on your CV and cover letter, they also advise you on tasks (e.g. presentations or extra questions) an employer has set, they organise workshops and they also help you search for a placement.'
Leon Beckett – IBM, Software Development
Ben Starling – Customer Systems Plc, IT Consulting
Kirsty Spring – Warner Bros, UK Anti-Piracy Intern
Jakub Skoczylas – Kingsbury High School, IT & Network Support
'I'd recommend doing a work placement to anyone as it gives you a real head start in the graduate market. My placement is based around giving me a real job with real responsibility, and offering support and training, so I can perform well. I have learnt a lot about dealing with people, which no text book in the world could teach me.'
If there are any stereotypes about people in IT, Thuli breaks them all.
"Well, the original reason to come to Middlesex was simple: I wanted to get out of my small town and experience the big world. Middlesex seemed to be a good option and I am so glad I made the decision," says Thuli.
"The foundation year prepares you for further studies better than A levels do. It also gives you this new mindset you need for studying at university and you get a better idea of what you actually want to study.
"The foundation year has been so much fun and it really fulfilled all my expectations: I got involved with the Student Union and the multi-cultural social life at Middlesex is so interesting and enriching. I like the practical and academic stuff as well! For example, I took part in this international project where we worked together with students from the University of North Texas.
"Even though I felt confident with ICT before I started studying here, this course certainly developed my greater love for computers. One day, I would like to start my own IT business and may be I will expand it into something like Branson's Virgin!"
Prior to being a student, Adhiraj used to work in a family IT business (building up and selling computers) and he was even one of the testers of Windows Vista long before they were available on the market. Despite such professional experience in the field he decided to study the Foundation year in computing.
Adhiraj says: "I felt I knew a lot in some areas and totally missed out on some others. I thought it was a good idea to step back and study computing from the basics. I intend to go for the degree in computer networks next.
"I really appreciate the resources we have at the University, such as all kinds of top-end software. The social side of University is important to me too. I am a guitarist who specialises in heavy metal music in my free time and the student bar here is great, especially the pool table."
Please apply to one of the four-year degree courses listed below through UCAS.
The four-year degree titles with their UCAS codes are as follows:
Computer Sciences courses
Computer Communication and Engineering Courses
Design Engineering Courses