Programme Specification


Programme Summary Information


Programme Title 

Integrated Foundation Year Computing Pathway


University of Sunderland Course Code



IFY Computing Pathway code: BCOMIFYFT


Please see parent programme specifications for programme codes

Route Code:

1. BSc (Hons) Business Technology [I100]

2.BSc (Hons) Computer Science [I100]

3.BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics [I100]

4.BSc (Hons) Game Development Development [I600]

5.BSc (Hons) Networks and Cybersecurity [I120]

6. BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development



Awarding Institution

University of Sunderland


Teaching Institution(s)

(if different from point 3)



Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB) (if applicable)




Programme Description

This Specification details the Foundation year (Level 3/Stage 0). Please see individual subject specifications for full details of Stages 1-3.



The aim of the Foundation Year is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective researchers and students in Computing-related programmes. The first year of this programme examines how computers have evolved over the years.  In particular, students will learn about the history of computing as well as the various hardware and mathematical based concepts that are used in modern day computer systems. The module also aims to increase the future employability of students by allowing them to research and work with many of the most popular operating systems that are currently used in industry, namely Linux, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.  Due to the highly practical nature of the module, students will also have the opportunity to use various scripting languages and build their own software applications.  This programme will give you an opportunity to examine how both law and the social sciences impact upon the topics from these themes and you can begin to specialise your subject knowledge in preparation for your chosen discipline.  Modules in academic literacy and mathematics for computing provide the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to succeed in degree level studies.  Students will also have the opportunity to study a topic related to their programme of study via a small-scale project and this module will encourage independent working within a supportive environment of regular tutor supported surgeries.





What’s covered in the course?

40 credit module  FDN006 – Foundations of Computing

This module incorporates a range of perspectives related to the programme of study.  The module is thematically themed which makes it possible to explore a range of relevant topics in preparation for study at degree level.


20 credit module  FDN012 – Essential Study Skills

This module supports the development skills and attributes needed for degree level study and graduate employment including searching for information, reviewing evidence, presenting information and self-analysis to identify strengths and areas for development.


20 credit module  FDN002 – Foundation Project

This module supports understanding in a topic area related to the programme of study.  It also encourages independent and team working with support available from tutors throughout the lifespan of the project.


20 credit module  FDN003 – Practical Maths

This modules includes a range of relevant, real-world concepts and ideas which will help develop confidence and competence in numeracy and encourage a critical approach to numerical facts.  Topics include interest rates and loans, budgeting as well as the use and misuse of statistics.


20 credit module  FDN013 – Human Computer Interaction

Students will learn about various styles and approaches to user interaction, including consideration of the psychological, design-led and user-centred concepts that are used to design contemporary user interfaces.


Please note all of the Foundation stage modules are CORE.


Stage 1, 2 and 3 modules can be found in the parent programme specification on as detailed on page 1. 


Generic Skills

Alongside the discipline-specific knowledge and skills that the curriculum covers, we aim to develop generic skills, such as initiative, time-management, group work and critical reflection. These elements are interwoven throughout the course, during student meetings and peer assessed group work exercises. In addition, the student professional development handbook allows students to monitor and evaluate their own development in these key skills. The modules draw on an interactive learning approach where students will be asked to engage in aspects of online learning through the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas as well as to engage in on campus lectures and seminars.  This approach is designed to enable students to develop as independent learners.


Where will I study?

For the Foundation year, study will either be at Sunderland (St Peter’s Campus).




Programme Awards


Name of Final Award


Credits Awarded


1. BSc (Hons) Business Technology

2.BSc (Hons) Computer Science

3.BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

4.BSc (Hons) Game Development Development

5.BSc (Hons) Networks and Cybersecurity

6. BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development





Exit Awards and Credit Awarded



Certificate of Higher Education

Diploma of Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts









Programme Specific Regulations





Mode(s) of Study


Duration of Study

Full time



1 year for the Integrated Foundation Year


4 Year in total with the additional programme year (please see parent programme specifications for further details)


Is this programme delivered at a Transnational (TNE) partner?


Is this programme delivered at UK Further Education Colleges?





Entry Requirements


The admission requirements for this programme (foundation year) as stated on the course page of the University of Sunderland website at, or found by searching for the course entry profile located on the UCAS website are correct.                                            Yes


This programme is suitable for students to enter with advanced standing (eg APL)        No


Where applicable use the space below to detail any specific arrangements – eg APL only permitted to a specific level  Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)



Programme Learning Outcomes


By the end of stage 0 Foundation Year of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:


Employ a range of responses to well defined but often unfamiliar or unpredictable problems



Operate in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts using a range of technical or learning skills


Engage in self-directed activity with guidance/evaluation


Have knowledge in a range of complex activities demonstrating comprehension of relevant theories;


Access and evaluate information independently


Analyse information and make reasoned judgements


12. Programme Requirements

There are optional modules on this programme  No

Level 3/ Foundation 0:


In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):


Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed


Essential Study Skills




Practical Maths








Foundations of Computing




Human Computer Interaction








13.  Employability

The programme contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes.  Please refer to Integrated Curriculum Design Framework  when completing this section.



Able to display a professional and make a positive contribution

to society through work, research and community engagement.


Adaptable to change in employing research methods to improve practice, using appropriate judgement that requires resilience, problem solving and innovation.





United by a desire to develop and improve practice to enable

best outcomes for children and make a positive contribution to

society, incorporating the development of communities, locally, regionally and globally.


The learning outcomes of the programme address the acquisition of skills and the development of knowledge.  Skills pertain largely to transferable abilities, things students learning in one context that can be applied more widely in a range of other contexts.  Key skills apply at Stage 0 and are developed throughout the four years of each degree programme.  These refer to essential transferable skills in communication, information technology, working with others, improving one’s own learning, and problem solving.  Applicable at all stages of the degree are graduate/employability skills.  These are higher order intellectual skills such as close reading and critical reasoning; retrieving and using information; collecting and synthesising data; applying new methodologies; and analysing and evaluating bodies of evidence.


There are also opportunities for on-campus students outside their programme of study.


For information about other opportunities available to our students who study on campus, click here.


14. Additional Costs: Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?


No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials

Yes (optional).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see above)


Yes (essential).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some essential additional costs associated with the programme (see above)


15. Version Control

Programme Specifications are checked annually and updated when changes are made to the programme.






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PART B   -  Programme  Regulation/s _


BSc (Hons) Business Technology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Game Development with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Networks and Cybersecurity with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development with Foundation Year


  1. Award title

BSc (Hons) Business Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

BSc (Hons) Game Development

BSc (Hons) Networks and Cybersecurity

BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development


Interim awards[1]: Dependent on parent degree programme

Accreditation: Dependent on parent degree programme

University Regulation (please state the relevant University Regulation): 2.3.2


The maximum period of registration on a programme of study is three times the normal full time registration period, i.e.9 years for a three-year degree programme.


For degrees which incorporate an Integrated Foundation Year, the maximum period of registration will be 11 years: 2 years for the Foundation Year and 9 Years for the Degree Programme.


Regulations apply to students commencing their studies from (please state the date / intake that these regulations will apply to students for each Stage):


Regulations apply to students

Date the regulations apply

Intakes affected

Stage 0 Foundation Year (IFY)

September 2018


Stage 1



Stage 2



Stage 3




Progression Regulations

There are no programme-specific progression regulations for the Foundation Year. Standard University procedures apply. Please see parent programmes for programme specific regulations stages 1-3.

[1] Same as main award unless agreed otherwise at validation – eg to meet PSRB requirements