BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year

While the number of people carrying mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers and wearables continues to grow, so do the opportunities for application developers. But there’s more – businesses also need bespoke applications to process their data and serve their clients. Our BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year course is an ideal route into this dynamic and evolving digital industry.

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year

Course details

While it’s possible to become a mobile app developer by studying short online courses independently, our BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year degree offers comprehensive training designed to prepare you for a career in the wider applications development industry. Our focus is to ensure you fully understand the principles and concepts that underlie the technologies, programming languages, platforms and operating systems used to develop and run applications. In the fast-moving digital world, tools and technologies evolve rapidly and having a solid understanding of the fundamentals of computing will help you to stay current, adapt to changes and maintain the skills you’ll need to continue to develop high quality applications commercially throughout your career.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of computing, programming and mathematics. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.

After the foundation year, our expert and dedicated team will support you to gain the in-depth, comprehensive skills and understanding needed for you to develop applications that are truly functional, creative and intuitive – be these secure, efficient business applications or 5-star mobile apps that users choose to return to. Drawing together aspects of software development, cloud computing, networking, and security, we’ll support you to gain a sound understanding of how mobile, desktop and tablet computers interact with applications and data repositories. We’ll explore design for user experience, multi-platform and cross-platform development, security testing and evaluation, and how to plan, manage and deliver projects within constraints such as user requirements, timescale and budget.

The department’s strong links with business mean you’ll have the chance to work on ‘live briefs’ in your coursework assignments, so you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy real-world context and application for the skills and knowledge we’ll help you develop.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • The department – and the wider University – provides a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • Your teaching and tutorial team brings an impressive range of professional experience and technical prowess to the course, so you’ll have the chance to explore and evaluate a range of perspectives relating to your studies.
  • A big part of our commitment to your progress is helping you develop your employability and industry networks. So we’ll encourage you to attend guest lectures that give your learning context, offer industry contact, and contribute to your underlying professional development.
  • By underpinning our content and assignments with a strong industrial focus, we foster a keen understanding of the professional IT environment, and help you develop essential skills such as team-working, communication and problem solving.
  • We’ll focus on your individual needs, and provide personalised support to help find the learning strategies that best support your learning and ultimate success.

Key features:

  • Our dedicated laboratories, servers and end-hosts feature high-specification hardware and the latest software, so you’ll have industry-equivalent hands-on experience.
  • You’ll also get to experience the latest technologies, such as OpenStack – developed by Rackspace and NASA.
  • As you’d expect, many of our computing facilities are accessible online, so you can work on your assignments wherever you are, and whenever inspiration kicks in.
  • We’ll support you to develop sought-after skills such as background research, critical reasoning and problem solving, as well as professional communication, time management, teamwork, and lifelong learning.
  • We’ll also encourage you to build a portfolio of evidence representing the projects and tasks you’ve completed during your studies, ready to impress potential employers.
  • We continually monitor and update the course to reflect current and ever-changing issues in computing, and to keep your learning in line with technological advances and innovations.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Duration: 4 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a technology related subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.

We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Our BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) with foundation year degree deals specifically with application development for computers, smartphones, web interfaces and other user interfaces such as streaming players and smart TVs. It offers graduates the technical knowledge, design know-how and transferable skills needed to take up freelancing app development jobs or gain employment within an in-house application development team or agency. As a graduate, your comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of computing will also support you to move into new areas, as the digital landscape continues to evolve, and new technologies emerge.

During the course, you can also expect to develop a wide range of technical, professional and interpersonal skills, such as attention to detail, team working, communication and analytical skills, time management, problem solving and lifelong learning.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates from this programme will be attractive to a range of business sectors, including finance and the public sector. You may wish to apply for one of the specific IT graduate-training programmes offered by many major retailers and financial institutions. Alternatively, you might seek employment with an IT company or software consultancy. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and novel, creative ideas you may wish to create mobile apps or mini-games for download from app stores such as Google Play, the Apple App Store or Windows Store.

After graduation, you’ll also be ready to progress to postgraduate-level study or additional IT certification in order to develop your expertise further. Studying for a PhD or professional doctorate is another option.

Alternative career options

  • Consultancy
  • Digital copywriting
  • IT sales
  • IT training
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Network engineering
  • Product management
  • Technical writing
  • Social media management
  • Data analysis
  • Information systems management
  • Games development

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2020/21 -£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250£37,000

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2020/21 -£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450£46,600

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Logical Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Computer Systems
  • Foundation Project
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Computing Infrastructure
  • Databases
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Advanced Programming
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Mobile Applications
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Undergraduate Project
  • Machine Learning
  • Emerging Technologies

Teaching, learning and assessment

Learning and teaching methods use a blended style, which means you’ll have face-to-face sessions as well as taking part in online learning. You can expect a mixture of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical laboratory/workshop sessions, a visiting speaker programme, critiques, self-directed study and e-learning, as well as online sessions and support. We’ll help you gain practical skills through technical introduction and support, workshop sessions, demonstrations and activity-based assignments. Throughout the course, a strong practical theme promotes active learning.

In terms of assessment, we aim to provide creative and industry-relevant ways for you to demonstrate your theoretical and practical knowledge. You can expect assessments to involve assignments, projects, in-class tests, portfolios, examinations and presentations. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes, while others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (94%), Written exams (6%)
Level Two Coursework (100%)
Level Three Coursework (100%)
Level Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (55%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)
Level Two Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Three Guided independent study (77%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)
Level Guided independent study (77%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    21/09/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    48
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Abdul Razak
Programme Leader
Email: A.Razak@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903476

Adam Isherwood
Admissions Tutor
Email: A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903075

Andrew Parker
Lecturer
Email: A.Parker@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903467

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903