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University of Southampton Malaysia

Foundation Year Computer Science

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, science and technology that underpins computer science on this Foundation Year programme.

Introducing your degree

This full-time course is integrated with a further three-year BSc degree, and will build your understanding of the computer science disciplines.

Successful completion of this Foundation Year guarantees progression to our computer science degree at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • explore scientific principles related to mechanics, electric fields and computer systems
  • use algebra, trigonometry, vectors, differential and integral calculus and more
  • plan and undertake experimental work
  • understand the role of technology and engineering in modern society, and the associated moral, social, ethical and legal issues
  • improve your English communication skills

Programme Structure

This programme is made up of three semesters.

If you achieve the minimum marks required for progression, you will be able to progress to year one of a selected undergraduate degree programme.

Changes due to COVID-19

Any future COVID-related restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place.

We are working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Courses available after completion

Typical entry requirements

QualificationEntry requirements
SPM/O level 5As in the science stream, including mathematics and physics. (Minimum B+ in additional mathematics required for SPM only)
STPM/A level ABB (cannot include subjects suitable for direct entry to undergraduate programmes, normally mathematics and physics). However, students need to show an aptitude for mathematics and may be asked to take a foundation mathematics test.
IB 32 points overall, and must include subjects suitable for direct entry into undergraduate programmes, normally both higher level mathematics and Physics.
UEC Senior Middle Level Students studying in English with 2 subject at A2 and 3 subjects at B3/B4 grade (not including mathematics Art, Chinese or Malay)
Bangladesh. Higher Secondary Certificate CGPA 3.5 overall with 3.5 in mathematics and physics
Brunei. Cambridge International A Levels ABB. Cannot study both mathematics and physics
Egypt. Certificate of General Secondary Education 85% Overall with 85% in mathematics and physics
India. Higher Secondary Certificate / Standard 12 75% overall with 75% in mathematics, from a non-recognised board (i.e. not ISC/CBSE/HSC)
Indonesia. Ijazah - Sekolah Menengah Atas/Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) (Certificate of Graduation from Academic/Islamic Secondary School) Grade 7/10 with 7 in mathematics and physics
Pakistan. Intermediate / Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) A/770/70% overall, with 70% in mathematics and physics
Thailand. Certificate of Secondary Education / Maw 6 Mathayom 6 with overall GPA 3.0 with 3.0 in mathematics and relevant Science-stream subjects. Mathayom 5 with overall GPA 3.25 with 3.25 in mathematics and relevant Science-stream subjects.
UAE. General Secondary Education Certificate Examination 85% overall with 85% in mathematics and physics

This list contains the qualifications we see most often. If you have a qualification that doesn't appear on this list, or if you have any questions about the qualifications needed for studying at University of Southampton Malaysia, please contact us.

English Language Qualification  

Students who achieve band FY IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components will be required to follow the language pathway where students take the module English for Engineers and Scientists in semester one and two, as well as Communication in English in semester zero.

Students who achieve Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components (or GCE O-Level (1119) Grade C) will only require English language classes in the first semester.

For more information on other English language qualifications approved by the University, please visit the English language requirements page.

Selection process:

 We will accept a wide variety of international qualifications for entry to our Computer Science Foundation Year.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The modules on this programme will provide you with an introduction to mathematics, mechanics, computer programming, electricity and electronics and the principles of computer science.

They include:

  • Academic & Personal Development 
  • Communicating in English 
  • Mathematics for Science Engineering 
  • Fundamentals of Science and Engineering 
  • Fundamentals of Computing 
  • Coursework (including Computer Programming) 
  • Electricity and Electronics 
  • Mathematics A & B 
  • Routes to Success 

Depending on your progression route you will study one of:  

  • Engineering Principles 
  • Theoretical Aspects of Computing

And one of:

  • Mechanical Science 
  • Computer Systems and Applications 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Year of studyMode of studyMalaysianInternational
2021/22 Full-time RM29,100 RM34,100
Additional fee information

Scholarships and bursaries are available at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

Funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory experiments
  • coursework 
  • individual and group assignment

Assessment and examinations 

You will be assessed through a range of coursework and formal assignments. During the year there are plenty of opportunities for you to check your progress and improve your performance through oral feedback on your work at workshops or through in-class tests.

Study Locations

The campus building

Malaysia campus

The Malaysia Campus is located in the state of Johor near the southwes...Find out more

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