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Computer Science

Foundation Degree

Study Computer Science at University Centre Leeds

Carve a career path in the multi billion-pound computing and digital sector with our Computer Science Foundation Degree. This course will provide you with the specialist digital skills needed to succeed, allowing you to excel in this exciting, fast-paced and ever-evolving industry.


HTQ - Become a Data Analyst
This foundation degree is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) . This means it will give you the technical skills and training to move into a Data Analyst role.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years full-time | 4 years part-time
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 Full Time or £4,372 Part Time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): G400
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time / Part Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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Computer Science

About the course

Prepare for a successful career in computer science. Our new foundation degree emphasises the practical skills demanded by employers. You will strengthen your programming skills alongside exploring areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, databases, application development, cyber security, networking and more.

You will gain the specialist technical knowledge and skills to develop large and small scale software applications. Additionally, you will learn about the science behind computing and the principles behind emerging technologies. You will also learn how to collect, store, extract and analyse data while exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning.

While sharpening your specialist computer science skills, you will also gain highly sought after transferable skills to complement your technical skills such as managing budgets, communication, problem solving and working as part of a team.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, students can choose to progress to a full BSc (Hons) Computer Science Top-up Degree. This program includes an additional year of study for full-time students and two years for part-time students.


This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you're interested in applying to study part-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Part Time - Direct Application Form

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include

Year 1 (Level 4)

Principles of Programming (20 credits) – You will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills of programming and software development that is essential in a variety of computing related careers from app and website development to server administration.

Web and Apps (20 credits) – You will develop & demonstrate the technical and creative skills required in the design, construction and management of an effective website interface and a mobile application. 

Principles of Databases (20 credits) – You will demonstrate the practical aspects of designing and building a relational database and you will acquire skills and knowledge in the practical structure design of a given scenario and then apply this to implementing a prototype.

Networks (20 credits) – You will understand the basic concepts of networks such as network types, architecture, services, protocols, topologies and standards to design, implement and how to secure a network given a business scenario.  You will develop practical skills to design, implement, and test and troubleshoot a network.

Principles of Cyber Security (20 credits) – You will be introduced to the cyber security threats landscape and the technologies that can be used to countermeasure those threats, learning how to protect network infrastructure, components and data.

Professional Development (20 credits) – You will acquire and develop a range of skills including transferable, personal, interpersonal, academic and subject specific skills that will enable you to succeed in the industry. 

Year 2 (Level 5)

Software Development (20 credits) – You will develop useful and reliable GUI based applications that meet the expectations of end users by applying a range of proven software development methods and techniques.

Introduction to AI (20 credits) – You will explore the many uses of AI and identify some of the problems that AI can potentially solve, such as facial recognition in solving crime to streamlining manufacturing in a smart factory or detecting fraud in banking. 

Statistics for Computing (20 credits) – You will learn a range of statistical techniques and how decision-making is enhanced by the application of statistical methods. You will develop your numerical abilities and increase your confidence in handling data in order to create information and knowledge.

Data Analysis and Modelling (20 credits) – You will study the design principles, practical implementation and development skills of database systems, and learn how to make a critical appraisal of business systems analysis and design using structured methodologies.

Employability Skills (20 credits) – You will develop the wider skills today’s employers are expecting from their employees, including so-called “soft skills” such as time management, communication skills, project management and a good work ethic.

Project (20 credits) – You will identify a problem and set about planning and delivering a solution to that problem within a given timeframe. You may choose to develop an online solution or develop a mobile app, or provide a business solution. The scope for the nature of your practical output for this module is vast.

You will be given the opportunity to develop skills across a wide range of computer science disciplines, learning to programme software applications, develop websites and mobile apps. You will learn the vital skills in database design, learning how to collect, store, extract and analyse data, you will also explore the exciting world of Artificial intelligence and machine learning.

You will also develop as an individual, learning to appreciate the computing industry form an employers perspective, honing the skills employers are looking for that will compliment your technical skills. One of the aims of the course is to prepare you for employment and a long career in the digital sector.

Finally, you will develop a range of skills that can be used across the digital technology sector that will provide you with the opportunity to work in a broad range of roles, such as a Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Web and Mobile Developer, Database specialist.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:  practical tasks, portfolios, essays, case studies and presentations.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications)

A Levels: 2xD grades.

BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade.

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade.

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language (desirable) grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature applicants who may not have met the academic criteria but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

On completion of this foundation degree course you can progress on to our BSc (Hons) Computer Science Top-up Degree. To gain a full BSc (Hons) degree from our foundation degree you would need to study for a further year. You could also choose to study for a BSc (Hons) at other institutions.

You could find employment in a broad range of roles, such as a Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Database specialist.

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations please click here.



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