Develop Your Computing Skills with a Foundation Programme Giving you the skills you need to enter a UK computing degree course

Posted 18 August 2015
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An intensive Foundation Programme gives you the skills you need to enter a UK computing degree course.

Computers are now a vital part of our everyday lives. We live in a digital age where technology has developed fast, but we don’t all have the skills we need to make the most of it.

Demand for computing skills is on the increase

There is a digital skills shortage in the UK right now, and computing skills are in high demand worldwide. According to some estimates, UK employers will need 745,000 additional digitally-skilled workers by 2017, with a further one million by 2020.

  • The UK government has created a new ICT curriculum to meet this demand, introducing high school qualifications that include cyber security and app creation
  • In Hong Kong, children as young as six are attending after school computer clubs and the government plans to introduce compulsory coding for children of 11 upwards
  • Australia, Singapore, and other Asia Pacific regions are currently setting up compulsory education in computer programming
  • Analytics company Juniper Research forecasts the global market for mobile apps to more than double from $47.7bn (£30.8bn) last year to $99bn (£64bn) in 2019

All of this means there are amazing opportunities out there for those with an interest in how computing technology works. There’s never been a better time to develop your computing skills, especially in the UK where demand for these skills is high.

What can you study in the UK?

You can choose from a wide range of computing subjects in the UK at higher education level:

  • Foundation course – a one-year course designed to help you gain entry to a UK degree programme
  • Bachelors degree – a three-year university programme designed for undergraduates
  • Masters degree – a one- or two-year course that you can take once you have graduated with a Bachelors degree
  • PhD – can be studied at university once you have completed a Masters degree, for an even deeper understanding of your subject
  • Full-time study
  • Part-time study
  • Online study

If you want to study computing in the UK, you can rest assured you’re not alone. According to the latest figures from the UK Council for International Student Affairs, 20.5% of all students on Computer Science degree courses in the UK in 2013/14 were international students.

How a Management & Computing Systems Foundation course at Bellerbys can help

If you want to study computing at a UK university, but you don’t have the right qualifications, or your English language skills aren’t good enough yet, a Bellerbys Foundation course can get you to where you want to be.

The Management & Computing Systems Foundation course is available at their specialist study centre in Brighton. It provides a modern learning environment and the latest technology to help you gain the IT knowledge you need to start a computing related degree in the UK.

It’s a three-term course that includes units in web design, programming, business, university study skills, English language and more.

On successful completion of the Management & Computing Systems Foundation course you can progress to an undergraduate degree at one of Bellerbys’ destination universities. Choose from:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science – Games
  • Computer Animation & Visual Effects
  • Forensic Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science with Business Management & Accounting
  • Computing for Digital Media
  • Information Technology in Organisations
  • Urban & Regional Planning & Economics

Computing opens doors to a whole range of exciting careers. Whichever area of computing interests you, Bellerbys can help you get there.