International Year Zero - Computing

This course aims to prepare you with a foundation of computer science knowledge and introduce you to various topics such as IT, communications and programming.

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Our pathway course in computing introduces you to a wide range of IT, communications and research skills that will prepare you for more advanced study.

Further degree study at the University of Greenwich will help you gain professional skills in mobile application development, games design, programming, 3D modelling and animation. The University of Greenwich has a long-standing relationship with the British Computer Society (BCS), which accredits its computing degree programmes.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school (5 GCSE Grades A – D) or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
Pre-sessional English 6-weeks – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)
Pre-sessional English 12-weeks – IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0)

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)

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.

Subject-specific modules

This module introduces you to the notion of solving problems using computer applications. It provides you with a basic understanding of algorithms and their uses, with the additional experience of developing and using simple software programs. You will be taught using JavaScript as a programming language.

Database Design and Usage aims to give a practical introduction to the technology and terminology of tabular data, as well as the construction and use of databases. You will develop a database for a given situation using current standards and appropriate software – for example, a simulated business – and use a database to identify and solve problems within that context.

This module will develop your understanding of information systems as a means of collecting, storing, organising and communicating information – typically in a management context. You will learn how computer software and networks support managers in the performance of their tasks, often in relation to business processes such as strategic planning, decision-making and performance measurement.

This course presents you with a number of technical problems and issues that occur in real-life technological contexts. You will consider both technical and ethical issues and then aim, with the support of your tutors, to identify and research possible solutions. The overall aim is to provide you with “hands on” experience of the digital world and some of the issues raised within it.

Data Analysis enables you to work with data for the purpose of solving real-life problems in the context of your chosen field of study. You will be introduced to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods, as well as statistical packages to help you collate and present data in forms that aid effective analysis and interpretation.

The Pure Mathematics module will help develop your mathematical understanding as well as your familiarity and fluency with mathematical notation. It will prepare you to use mathematical applications for problem-solving in the sciences, engineering and computer science.

This module introduces you to a range of digital media and their uses and applications. You will also develop the skills required to build a body of digital work specifically related to your intended degree course.

Web Design and Development introduces you to HTML, a language used in the creation and display of pages on the World Wide Web. The module also provides a further introduction to the design and functionality of web pages, as well as the use of JavaScript for added functionality. You will additionally consider the use of web pages as marketing collateral to draw attention to the products and services of a business, and how web pages may be constructed and developed with this in mind.

Continuation Degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

BSc (Hons)
Explore a range of subjects and optional specialisms to maximise your career opportunities in computing.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science
A Computer Science degree will help you develop the skills to pursue careers as Computer Science professionals specialising in Data Science.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (Networking)
Studying networks is a vital part of systems infrastructure, and fundamental to businesses, society, and industry. Specialise in networking as part of this Computer Science degree.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (Cybersecurity)
Enhance and develop computer and software systems using the skills and experience you’ll gain on this Computer Science degree.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (Data Science)
Develop your knowledge on computer and software systems using the skills and experience you’ll gain on this Computer Science degree.
BSc (Hons)
Games Development
This degree in game design and game development provides the creative and technical skills you need for a career in video game development.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science (Games)
Enhance your knowledge on computer and software systems using the skills and experience you’ll gain on this Computer Science degree.

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