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Foundation Foundations Year of (Computing and Maths)

Information Technology

2014/2015 2010/2011

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Information Systems, Foundations of Computing and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year

Information Technology

Foundations Systems, of Information Technology Information Computing (FoIT) provides an with introduction to a variety and Mathematics an Integrated of exciting and fast-moving disciplines in Foundation Year provides an introduction Information Systems, Mathematics and to a variety of exciting and fast-moving Technology. successfully completed disciplines inHaving Information Systems, Foundations of Information Technology Mathematics and Technology. Having you will be able to make a Foundation well-informed successfully completed the decision as to where your interests lie. Year you will be able to make a wellinformed as toinwhere your You might decision be interested computer science interests lie. with the never-ending development of more sophisticated You might be computer interestedtechnology in computerand science information systems. Alternatively you with the never-ending development of may morebe attracted to mathematics where youand can learn sophisticated computer technology to model andsystems. solve problems fromyou the may worlds information Alternatively be of business, finance and science. attracted to mathematics where you can learn to model and solve problems from the worlds of business, finance and science.



Talented people people who who have have good good technical technical Talented or scientific scientific qualifications, qualifications, as as well well as as or imagination, enthusiasm, communication imagination, enthusiasm, communication and organisational organisational skills, skills, are are always always in in great great and demand. A A wide wide variety variety of of interesting interesting and and demand. well-paid career career opportunities opportunities are are available. available. well-paid


Why WhyBrunel? Brunel?

One of the best maths departments in the UK TheSchool SchoolofofMathematical MathematicalSciences, Sciences, The thehost hostdepartment departmentfor forthe theFoundation Foundation the Year,isisone oneofofthe thebest bestfor formathematics mathematicsinin Year, theUK UKand andisiscommitted committedtotoexcellence excellenceinin the researchand andteaching. teaching.ItItisisaavibrant vibrantand and research friendlydepartment departmentfor forundergraduate, undergraduate, friendly postgraduateand andresearch researchstudents studentswith with postgraduate wellestablished establishedreputation reputationfor forstudent student aawell achievementand andsuccess. success. achievement Theachieved department was rated in We excellent results‘Excellent’ in the 2008 the mostAssessment recent assessment teaching by of Research Exercise.ofBrunel is one thetop Quality Agency, including a in the threeAssurance London institutions for research maximum score for the pastoral careinand Applied Mathematics, while research Statistics guidance we provide to our students. and Operational Research represents the biggest improvement the last RAE.in the 2008 We achievedover excellent results Research Assessment Exercise. 57% of the research in the department has been Excellent student experience rated “World-Leading” or “Internationally Excellent”. is one oftothe Our studentsBrunel are important ustop andthree we do London institutions for research Applied everything we can to ensure that in they receive a Mathematics, research Statistics and high standard ofwhile education andincare. Operational Research represents the biggest This effort is reflected in the recent NSS survey, improvement over the last RAE. which shows that the department is ranked 14th of the Foundation Year modules inMany the country for overall satisfaction. In are London partially delivered and assessed via computers, we are ranked second. giving all students the opportunity to learn This is good news. Our aim is to continue our how to use the very latest software. efforts to provide the best possible experience for our students during their time with us.

A prime location at the location heart of Brunel’s campus on ABased prime

the western edge of Greater London, the Based at the heart of Brunel’s campus on Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the western edge of Greater London, the a prime location. It is just a few minutes’ walk Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a from the halls of residence and all facilities prime location close to all the facilities you need are close at hand – library, computer labs, for work and leisure.

the Students’ Union, sports facilities and, of Careers

course, lecture rooms and smaller classrooms. As a Brunel graduate, you will have a wide Everything is designed for your convenience. spectrum of careers from which to choose and your career prospects are excellent. You may want to continue your education and Careers gain postgraduate qualification or study for As aa Brunel graduate, you will have a wide a spectrum professional qualification – a popular route of careers from which to choose particularly with those seeking in fields and your career prospects are careers excellent. You such as actuarial work or accountancy may want to continue your educationand and finance. gain a postgraduate qualification or study for You may want to pursue a career that route a professional qualification – a popular specifically uses your mathematical, statistical or particularly with those seeking careers in fields computing skills, orwork perhaps you would prefer such as actuarial or accountancy and a finance. more general career, such as management or consultancy. You may want to pursue a career that Our graduates have gone on to teach,statistical work specifically uses your mathematical, inorresearch organisations or workyou for would the computing skills, or perhaps government, in general specialistcareer, or general management prefer a more such as roles. Many are or in consultancy. very senior positions, some management become management or financial consultants, Our graduates have gone on to teach, marketing or advertising professionals, work in research organisations or workofficers for in the armed services and so on. the government, in specialist or general management roles. Many are in very senior positions, some become management or Professional placements

financial consultants, marketing or advertising If you opt for a four-year sandwich degree professionals, officers in the armed services after your Foundation Year, you will have and so on. the opportunity to gain paid professional experience working in prominent companies or organisations. These are high-quality placements Professional placements with graduate-like responsibilities If you opt for a four-year sandwich degree after your Foundation Year, you will have the opportunity to gain paid professional experience working in prominent companies or organisations. These are high-quality placements with graduate-like responsibilities.




Your WaytoForward Switch Information Technology

The Foundation Year was created: Foundations of Information Technology was created: n to enable young people who originally another for example, ■ tochose enable young career peopleroute who –originally A-levels in arts or humanities to switch chose another career route – for– example, to a challenging and exciting– career in A-levels in arts or humanities to switch Technology; toInformation a challenging and exciting career in n Information for matureTechnology; people wishing to return to ■ forstudy. mature people wishing to return toFoundation study. The Year is designed for those

who ishave high potential have not yet FoIT designed for thosebut who have been been able to achieve their goals. Equally in the successful in another field (for example, Foundation Year aims to provide sound further education or industry) anda would education and to to acommunicate the interest like to change career in Information and excitement of aFoIT dynamic excitinga Technology. Equally aims and to provide field. education and to communicate the sound interest and excitement of a dynamic and exciting field.



After successfully successfully completing completing FoIT this year After you of study you progress will progress to Level a linked degree will to Level 1 of 1a of linked degree programme at at Brunel Brunel University. University. See See page page 6 6 programme for full details. for full details. Most of of these these degrees degrees are are available available in in threethreeMost year full full time time or or four-year four-year sandwich sandwich mode. mode. year The sandwich sandwich mode mode includes includes up up to to 12 12 months months The of relevant relevant paid paid employment employment in in an an industrial industrial of placement. See See the the University University prospectus prospectus for for placement. more details. details. more As FoIT this year an integral of degree the As is anisintegral part part of the degree programme, programme, eligible eligible studentsstudents will willentitled be entitled to funding for both be to funding for both the the Foundation Year and their chosen degree Foundation Year and their chosen degree course. Consequently Consequently you you should should apply apply for course. for funding for 5 years if you intend to a funding for 5 years if you intend to take take a sandwich and 4ifyears if you sandwich degree,degree, and  years you intend intend to do a full time degree. to do a full time degree.


Course Content Course content

The Foundation Year has been designed to equip you for a degree course in Information Systems, Mathematics or Computing.

Foundation year programme STUDY SKILLS DISCRETE MATHEMATICS BASIC MATHEMATICAL METHODS INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND PROGRAMMING STATISTICS

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After the After the Foundations of Foundation Year foundation year Information Technology Linked degree programmes Business Computing ** Computer Science * Computer Systems Engineering Financial Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics with Computer Science Mathematics and Statistics with Management

* may be taken with specialism in Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media and Games, Network Computing or Software Engineering. ** may be taken with specialism in Business, eBusiness, Human Computer Interaction or Social Media.

Progression to level 1

Foundations of Information Technology (FoIT) provides an introduction to a variety Once you have of exciting and successfully fast-movingcompleted disciplines the in Foundation Year, you progress to Level Information Systems, Mathematics and 1 of one of theHaving linkedsuccessfully degree courses. By Technology. completed this stage youofwill have had Technology a ‘taster’ of Foundations Information several courses, you will you willUndergraduate be able to make a well-informed know what the courses are like and the decision as to where your interests lie. careers they lead to. Your lecturers and You might be interested in computer science personal tutor will help you choose a with the never-ending development of more degree that is right for you! sophisticated computer technology and information systems. Alternatively you may be attracted to mathematics where you can learn to model and solve problems from the worlds of business, finance and science.



Talented people who have good technical or scientific qualifications, as well as imagination, enthusiasm, communication and organisational skills, are always in great demand. A wide variety of interesting and well-paid career opportunities are available.


Entry requirements Why Brunel? Entry requirements

One of the best maths departments in the UK The School of Mathematical Sciences, the host department for the Foundation Year, is one of the best for mathematics in the UK and is committed to excellence in research and teaching. It is a vibrant and friendly department for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students with a well established reputation for student achievement and success. The department was rated ‘Excellent’ in the most recent assessment of teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency, including a maximum score for the pastoral care and guidance we provide to our students. We achieved excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. 57% of the research in the department has been rated “World-Leading” or “Internationally Excellent”. Brunel is one of the top three A/VCE Levels: 210preferably points to include at Maths/ least GCE A-level CDD, London institutions for researchincluding in Applied two subjects at A2, or VCE 12-unit. Physics Mathematics, while research in Statistics and No preferredDiploma subjects.represents Key Skills are taken into Advanced Progression Diploma Operational Research the biggest account not required. Grade Dbut in one of the last following improvement over the RAE. subjects, plus an at Grade Year C formodules Additional Many of A-level the Foundation areand Specialist Learning: Construction and the Built AGNVQ:delivered Merit in and any subject. partially assessed via computers, Environment; Engineering; Society,toHealth giving all students the opportunity learn and Development; Environmental and Landhow to use the IT; very latest software. BTEC: tariffManufacturing points based 210 Studies; and Product Design; Business, Administration and Finance; A prime location Public Services; or Retail Business Irish: 210 tariff points Based the heart of Brunel’s campus onin a BTEC at Level 3 Extended Diploma MMM the western edge of Greater London, the related subject Scottish: 210oftariff points. Sciences offers Department Mathematical IBDP or certificates with a total of 26 points a prime location. It is just a few minutes’ walk Access Pass from the halls oforresidence and all 26 facilities IB: Full diploma certificate with points. are close at hand – library, computer labs,

the Students’ Union, sports facilities and, of course, lecture rooms and smaller classrooms. Everything is designed for your convenience.

Careers As a Brunel graduate, you will have a wide spectrum of careers from which to choose and your career prospects are excellent. You may want to continue your education and gain a postgraduate qualification or study for a professional qualification – a popular route particularly with those seeking careers in fields such as actuarial work or accountancy and finance. You may want to pursue a career that specifically uses your mathematical, statistical or computing skills, or perhaps you would prefer a more general career, such as Students non-standard qualifications are management consultancy. For all ofwith the or above, 5 GCSEs at Grade C or particularly encouraged toto apply andEnglish will beand above are also required, include Our graduates have gone on to teach, considered individually onthese merit. Maths note that must have work in (please research organisations or work forbeen by the time you submit UCAS Ingained addition, all applications should have GCSE the government, in specialist or your general application) or equivalent in Maths andare English atsenior grade C management roles. Many in very and overseas should have IELTS or positions, some become management or6.0are Students withstudents non-standard qualifications equivalent. financial consultants, marketing advertising particularly encouraged to applyorand will be professionals, officers inon themerit. armed services considered individually and so on. In addition, all applicants should have GCSE

How to apply

or equivalent in Maths and English at grade C FoIT appears in the UCAS handbook (Code and overseas students should have IELTS 6.0 Professional placements G503) and may be applied for in the same way or equivalent. If foruniversity a four-year sandwich degree asyou anyopt other course. after Year, you will have Howyour to Foundation apply the opportunity to gain paid professional The Foundation Year appears in the UCAS experience working in prominent companies handbook (Code G503) and may be applied or organisations. These are high-quality for in the same way as any other university placements with graduate-like responsibilities. course.




Want to know more? Please contact: Dr Diana Roman Admissions Tutor School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics Brunel University Uxbridge Middx UB8 3PH United Kingdom Maths QR CODE

T +44(0) 1895 265180 E maths.admissions@brunel.ac.uk W www.brunel.ac.uk/maths

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