The course is designed to help you develop key academic skills such as research, writing, and analysis. It also introduces you to core subjects such as programming, multimedia and communication.

Completion of the Foundation Certificate for Computing course to the required level, provides guaranteed admission to a related undergraduate degree at Bournemouth University.

Modules on this course will help develop a broad range of computing knowledge and skills, gain an awareness of the design and implementation of database and web-based computer programs, and the development of the Internet.

Other learning outcomes include:

  • Apply knowledge of programming concepts to the design and implementation of computer programs.
  • Recognise and be able to explain fundamental programming concepts in a range of computer programming languages.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to a variety of programming requirements and specifications.
  • Identify with the process of designing and implementing a multiform computer program application.
  • Identify with the team process in designing and implementing a multiform computer program application.
  • Have an awareness of basic business IT processes and generate simple ideas for improvement with particular reference to information.
  • Use formal modelling concepts in the logical analysis of a simple business process.
  • To understand and build the processes of a database application to reflect the business system requirements.
  • Identify, design and develop a solution to a Business Information System problem.
  • Appreciate the cycle of Business IT systems development.
  • Describe the principles of information presentation.
  • Discuss the history of information communication and the media.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of selected media case studies.
  • Describe the principles of human audio-visual perception with reference to the physiology and physical mechanisms of vision and hearing.
  • Explain the basic principles of how digital images and sounds are generated and reproduced.
  • Discuss the development of the Internet and evaluate the effectiveness of Internet-based information presentations.

Term dates

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English language requirements

  • You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking a UKVI approved IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.
  • Students with an IELTS of 5.0 will take the three-term course, with academic and language support integrated throughout the course.
  • Students with an IELTS of at least 5.5 can choose to do the course over two- or three-term enhancement course.
  • Students who have at least IELTS 4.0 in all skills will benefit from the academic and language support which is integrated into all courses at the International College.

Academic and language support

The International College also offers academic and language support as part of its university preparation courses for students who need support improving their English language skills.

The Foundation Certificate for Computing consists of seven credit-bearing modules. All modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of international students looking to study in the UK.

You will cover key academic skills (that includes research, writing, presentation and analysis), and subject-specific modules that include core subjects in your area of study, and specialised modules that are central to your chosen undergraduate degree course.

Academic modules
Subject-specific modules
Common core modulesLanguage for Study 2
Language for Study 3
Skills for Study 1
Skills for Study 2
Skills for Study 3
1. Introduction to Multimedia and Communication
2. Business Information Systems
3. Introduction to Programming
4. Introduction to Audio Visual Media and Technology
Extra core module (Language)Language for Study 1
Extra core module (Enhancement)Basic Computing Skills
Personal Development and Pre-study Skills
Introduction to British Society and Culture

Your progression to a Bournemouth University degree

The Foundation Certificate offers progression to a wide range of related degree subjects.

CHOOSE ‘Computing’ IN THE COURSE PATHWAY FILTER BELOW to see the progression degrees available after the Foundation Certificate for Computing.

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