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    So I am going to do a foundation year (computer science) at either brunel or essex university and have a few questions.

    1. Is a foundation year harder (I am willing to work hard)
    2. At brunel its not integrated so I do a foundation year that then allows me to go onto computer science so I pick it after my foundation year where as essex its integrated through. What are the differences like when I get my degree at brunel will it say I did a foundation course where as in essex it won't. Also, will I have to pay for the 1 year seperately at brunel as it isn't one course so I won't get student finance? Also, if I wanna move uni and do the foundation course at brunel then move after is it okay since its a seperate foundation year course whereas if I wanna move from Essex I can't because its integrated?

    3. Brunel vs Essex which one is better in my situation
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    (Original post by Jay2kt)
    So I am going to do a foundation year (computer science) at either brunel or essex university and have a few questions.

    1. Is a foundation year harder (I am willing to work hard)
    2. At brunel its not integrated so I do a foundation year that then allows me to go onto computer science so I pick it after my foundation year where as essex its integrated through. What are the differences like when I get my degree at brunel will it say I did a foundation course where as in essex it won't. Also, will I have to pay for the 1 year seperately at brunel as it isn't one course so I won't get student finance? Also, if I wanna move uni and do the foundation course at brunel then move after is it okay since its a seperate foundation year course whereas if I wanna move from Essex I can't because its integrated?

    3. Brunel vs Essex which one is better in my situation
    Foundation years are not harder than a regular 3 year course at university because students who fail to get the grades needed for a course have the option of taking a foundation year. I assume it will still be hard though, its university.

    My friend actually applied for integrated foundation year mechanical engineering at Brunel and she got the foundation year covered by student finance. But like u said, yours isn't integrated. If you want to choose Brunel, I'd call up student finance to see if you can get funding for the foundation year there.

    I've looked at the league table for computer science, and the unis are next to each other so there's not much difference there. But I found the courses on 'unistats' where you can look at how 3rd year students on that course rated it. I compared the two courses:
    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Compare-Courses

    I think you should also consider the universities themselves. So the locations, price & availability of accommodation, libraries & other facilities needed for compsci, campus, places to socialise and eat. Don't just focus on the course itself because if you don't like the uni atmosphere, it will impact on your studies. You could look at the prospectuses, virtual tours, open days, videos. You should also look at the twitter accounts associated with the unis to get more of an understanding of the tone the unis have and what values they celebrate.

    Also you would need to get into contact with the universities to find out if it says 'foundation year' or something along those lines on your degree certificate when you graduate. I'm also not sure about moving universities after the foundation year, also contact the universities and ask about it.
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    (Original post by undine_monty)
    Foundation years are not harder than a regular 3 year course at university because students who fail to get the grades needed for a course have the option of taking a foundation year. I assume it will still be hard though, its university.

    My friend actually applied for integrated foundation year mechanical engineering at Brunel and she got the foundation year covered by student finance. But like u said, yours isn't integrated. If you want to choose Brunel, I'd call up student finance to see if you can get funding for the foundation year there.

    I've looked at the league table for computer science, and the unis are next to each other so there's not much difference there. But I found the courses on 'unistats' where you can look at how 3rd year students on that course rated it. I compared the two courses:
    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Compare-Courses

    I think you should also consider the universities themselves. So the locations, price & availability of accommodation, libraries & other facilities needed for compsci, campus, places to socialise and eat. Don't just focus on the course itself because if you don't like the uni atmosphere, it will impact on your studies. You could look at the prospectuses, virtual tours, open days, videos. You should also look at the twitter accounts associated with the unis to get more of an understanding of the tone the unis have and what values they celebrate.

    Also you would need to get into contact with the universities to find out if it says 'foundation year' or something along those lines on your degree certificate when you graduate. I'm also not sure about moving universities after the foundation year, also contact the universities and ask about it.
    Thankyou very much for your research and help I will look into these points but also I was wondering if I do 4 years can I do a 5th year with an internship just to get than experience or is the 5th year not provided by student finance
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    (Original post by Jay2kt)
    Thankyou very much for your research and help I will look into these points but also I was wondering if I do 4 years can I do a 5th year with an internship just to get than experience or is the 5th year not provided by student finance
    Glad to help

    By internship, I assume you mean a year on a placement/industry. The fees for the placement year are significantly lower than the years actually studying at the university by the way, generally about £1000.

    I also know that student finance should cover the length of your course, plus 1 free year but your case is more complex with the foundation year and one course being integrated and the other not. Call up student finance and discuss it with them, they'll tell you everything you need to know about your funding. They're the experts
 
 
 
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