International Stage One - Computing

International Stage One – Computing provides students with the understanding and introduction to programming, systems, software engineering and networks.

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The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area.

You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen Edinburgh Napier undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at Edinburgh Napier University once you have successfully completed the pathway.

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4 Years:

1 year + 3 year pathway

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Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
International Stage One IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Course Modules

This module assumes no prior experience on your part and provides an introduction to software development. You learn to develop, run and debug programs. The first half of the module focuses on the foundational algorithmic constructs of sequence, selection, and iteration, through the use of flowcharts/pseudocode and their implementation in the Java language. Fundamental data structures such as arrays are introduced and you learn how to choose a data structure that is fit for purpose. The second half of the module introduces you to areas of software development that are related to low level systems and machine programming and introduces programming in the C/C++ language.

30 credits

The primary aim of the module is to familiarise you with the basic operating principles of modern computer systems. This includes understanding the basic components of a computer, how data is represented and operated on, and how programs are executed at a low level. You learn how computers communicate with each other and how this may be achieved with regard to security.

20 credits

The module covers basic mathematical concepts, such as basic discrete mathematics, Boolean and other logics, set theory, and number theory. The aim is to improve your computational competence  (i.e., the ability to implement and evaluate functions for basic visualisation, modelling and processing tasks) as well as introducing you to “basic mathematical thinking” (i.e., the ability to model problems and their solutions). The emphasis is on a practical, programming-oriented introduction to the materials you will study and use.

20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. They then progress through the fundamental concepts of Ethernet, network media and the protocol layer model before the structure of IP addressing is introduced. By the end of the module, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

20 credits

Available Degrees

BEng (Hons)
Computer Systems and Networks
Computer networks form the backbone of the information world, from personal mobile devices to social media and large scale corporate data services. This course focuses on key aspects of networks, computer systems and application development which will extend to database systems and human-computer interaction.
BEng (Hons)
Our computing course at Edinburgh Napier will help you gain a full understanding of computing tools, techniques and practices across a wide range of application areas. Unlike computing courses elsewhere, at Edinburgh Napier you will be taught by world leading scientists in specialist facilities which contain high-speed computers with all essential software. Our course will teach you computer programming fundamentals that will propel you into employment after university.
BEng (Hons)
Cybersecurity and Forensics
Combining three of the most sought-after streams of computing, this course capitalises on the rising awareness of the importance of network security and is a valuable foundation to a successful and well-paid career.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (AI)
Our Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) course at Edinburgh Napier will help you gain a full understanding of computing tools, techniques, and practices across a wide range of application, and provide you with a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of Artificial Intelligence and its applications.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science
Our computer science course at Edinburgh Napier will help you gain a full understanding of computing tools, techniques and practices across a wide range of application areas.
BEng (Hons)
Software Engineering
Throughout the course you’ll learn both mainstream and emerging software development, implementation and evolution - from design and analysis to human interaction principles and system evaluation. Your study will be supported by input and guidance from industry experienced teaching staff.
BSc (Hons)
Games Development
A degree in Games Development prepares you for the technical end of this exciting entertainment industry. This course provides you with opportunities in the games industry, related research and development companies, as well as other screen industries such as VFX and complex data visualisation.

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