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Computing Foundation Year


This Computing Foundation course or Extended Degree is designed to prepare to you for entry on to a full computer science or informatics degree. It is aimed primarily for the applicant who does not satisfy the requirements for entry to Year 1 of a degree course, but has the necessary experience and maturity that makes them suitable to succeed at degree level.

The Extended Degree is therefore not freestanding. Instead you should think of it as Year 1 of a four-year period of study leading to the award of a BSc (Hons) Applied Computing or another related course.

Undertaking the Computing Extended Degree course helps you develop self-confidence and the maturity needed to be successful in your future careers through project work and active participation in tutorials and seminars. Many of the best Computing graduates from the school have undertaken the Extended Degree programme.

5 reasons to study here

Alternative route: A way into scientific professions for those who haven't followed traditional route of A levels in Maths and Science.
High demand: 76% of firms will increase their number of IT professionals in 2016 - Computer World UK.
Academic progression: Preparatory year that naturally leads into a full degree in a variety of computer science and informatics areas.
Great teaching: Staff members are experts in their respective fields.
Sophisticated software: Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.

This course covers...

This foundation year programme is designed to prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake a degree-level course. This course covers:

  • applied mathematics
  • computer applications
  • technical communications
  • software development
  • computer technology.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


For details on modules at degree level please look at the individual course entries of your chosen progression route.

  • Mathematics 1
    Students entering the Foundation Year often have an incomplete and sketchy knowledge of mathematics, usually acquired several years earlier. This module will review some mathematical basics and introduce the mathematical tools and skills that will be useful in developing a confident approach to the use of mathematics in computing and problem-solving. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Computer applications
    This module will allow you to develop your computer applications use skills to enable you to undertake the rest of the extended degree programme and to function well at a professional level thereafter. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Technical communications
    In this module you'll be asked to review your knowledge of oral and written communication and IT skills at various stages, and will be given opportunities to enhance practical communication, information searching and IT skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Mathematics 2
    This module is a natural continuation of Mathematics 1. This module will introduce basic ideas in descriptive statistics, as well as continue with the graphs of some standard functions. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Software development
    This module provides an introduction to the basics of software engineering design. It does not focus on any particular language, but rather on the principles and techniques that are common to languages. The underlying theme is Object Oriented Programme problem-solving. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Computer technology
    This module describes the architecture and operation of a simple computer system and introduces ways in which the architecture may be enhanced to improve system performance. The role of the operating system is also introduced. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Foundation project
    In this module you'll undertake a software development project, producing software and supporting documentation, as well as a group presentation and a personal logbook. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


This course prepares your to enter on a full degree programme in our Information Technology framework, designed to give the most flexibility and opportunity for specialisation to suit your career aspirations.

BSc courses in the framework include:

A full computer science or informatics degree will prepare you for a career in technical fields, such as, computer operations, computer systems sales and service, programming, systems analysis, software engineering and technical authorship. You'll also be well equipped to work in professions that require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce. 

Skills for work

Our degrees in this area equip working professional who require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce. You'll develop a wide range of employability skills through an emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching.

IT professional skills

On each of the programmes you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of strategic management of IT for business; your ability to apply various analytical tools to identify business and IT requirement; practical IT skills; and the ability to present IT solutions to various stakeholders. In addition, the Research Methods module will equip you with the experience and skills to develop your qualitative and statistical methods, which complements the more technical aspects of the course.

What to expect from your career

While technical skills are needed for many roles, you often need strong teamwork, problem solving and communication skills as well.

IT Consultant

Working in IT is a constant learning process and, in order to be successful, you will need to keep on top of industry developments and teach yourself new skills all the time. There's a definite advantage to being based in London or the South East, where 39% of IT and Telecoms professionals are located. (National Careers Service).

IT consultants work with clients to advise them how best to use information technology to either meet certain objectives, or overcome problems. The average annual salary for an IT consultant is around £43,000. (Prospects)

Web Developer

Web developers work with clients to design, build and maintain websites and website applications. Starting salaries for junior roles are between £19,000- £22,000, although with experience this can rise to £35,000. (National Careers Service)

Systems Analyst

System analysts design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Junior analysts typically have salaries around £25,000, but more experienced analysts earn up to £40,000. (Prospects)

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.



Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level DD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with Pass or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
4 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 569Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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