Keele University

International Year One in Computing leads to the second year of a wide range of single and dual honours degrees at Keele University. 

What you will study

You will study core modules and subject-specific modules that are carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree.

Core English and Academic Skills Modules

Introduction to English and Skills for University Study (3 and 2.5 semester only)
This module will help you achieve the level of English language proficiency and study skills that you will need for university study. You will also learn independent research skills.

Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Subject-specific module

The following are new modules offered from September 2017. Students may also select option modules from other pathways and a list of these options is provided below. You will be provided with recommendations on the most suitable options to prepare you for your chosen degree.

Core modules

Introduction to Computer Technology (3 and 2.5 semester only)
Develop a sound appreciation and understanding of how computer technology operates and how technology is part of an interaction between individuals and their environment, both in terms of accomplishing goals and in benefiting society.

Fundamentals of Computing
Develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of the essentials of hardware and software and the human interaction between them This module introduces the elements and topics that underpin computing and networking principles in modern day computers and computer systems.

Introduction to Programming
Use programming concepts and skills in a standard object oriented language (Java) and develop the concepts and techniques used in business applications.  Alongside programming skills, students will also develop simple project management techniques and be introduced to applying systematic approaches in testing software.

Professionalism and Requirements Evaluation
Information systems do not simply come to be; develop a professional approach in identifying and meeting user needs, as well as developing your knowledge of the ethical issues and other responsibilities involved.

Information Systems and Interaction
Study the concepts, functions and operation of information systems and the underlying database technology that supports them. Develop your understanding of how people can effectively interact with such systems and how information is best presented to users, especially in an “access anywhere” paradigm that utilises web technology.


Computer Animation and Multimedia
Building on concepts and skills from the Introduction to Programming module, this module develops your skills in computer graphics, animation and multimedia. Learn how to develop the concepts of Interaction Design using simple Graphical User Interface techniques and how to create and manipulate objects used in computer animation.

Natural Computation
The systems found in nature form an exciting and inspirational field of study for developing new techniques in computing to solve problems and to enhance existing technologies. This module provides an overview and practical introduction to the field and lays the groundwork for more advanced studies.

Options from other pathways:

Managing and Developing People
Learn about the role of the manager, employee engagement, teamwork, leadership and management issues and managing change.

Accounting Principles
Develop the techniques to produce financial statements, prepare budgets and complete analytical problem solving tasks which reflect workplace practices.

Learn about how markets work and the behaviour of individuals, firms and government through applying economic theory to a series of applied case studies. You will also learn how to express models and theories mathematically.

Introduction to the Global Economy
Whilst international trade provides great opportunities to organisations and national economies, its complexity, diversity and scale of operation present significant risk. Learn about the key differences, complexities and risks involved in trading in a global context.

International Business Management
Study how firms operate in international markets, how they set about identifying and evaluating opportunities, quantify and minimise the risks, manage the practicalities, explore alternatives to exporting and become multi-national enterprises.

How does the marketing role drive success and deliver results? Study topics such as understanding customer needs and consumer behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation, the marketing mix and digital re-mix and marketing ethics. Explore emerging processes for engaging the marketing function in digital spaces.

Introduction to Human Resource Management
The success of a business often relies on its relationships with its employees. Study the theory and practice of human resource management focusing on current human resources practice and the impact of topical issues and legislation.

Financial Markets
Study the institutional framework that underpins financial markets and the instruments that are traded by financial institutions and enterprises.  Develop and apply your knowledge and skills in economic theory such as supply and demand, market efficiency, risk and arbitrage, as well as practical analysis using discounting and investment appraisal. The module allows access to ’live’ data, thereby enhancing employability skills.

Quantitative Methods for Business
This module is specifically designed to develop understanding of the technical and quantitative aspects of finance and economics to inform decision making. Develop your skills in data collection, presentation, interpretation and analysis, conditional probability and probability distributions, statistical inference and calculus.

Law for Business
Study the legal foundation of employer’s rights and duties in the context of a UK corporation,  the English Legal System, Contract, Employment and Company Law.  The module also provides an opportunity to develop and strengthen analytical and problem solving skills.

The Photographic Message
This module places an emphasis on the critical analysis of visual communication, the way in which we look at and interpret visual imagery and issues surrounding photographic representation. It also introduces both photographic methods of image production and the theory of representation. Students will be required to develop a photomontage as part of the assessment.

Progression to your degree at Keele

International Year One is structured to give you regular feedback on your progress and to ensure you are meeting all the learning outcomes required for success on your Keele University degree course. Progression is subject to achieving the minimum Academic English Skills (AES) and subject module grades.

The grades outlined below indicate the entry requirements to progress for the 2016/17 academic year and these are for illustration purposes only. You will be advised of the minimum requirements for progression for 2017/18 on arrival at the ISC.


Academic English Skills

Subject modules

Year 2 of your
chosen degree


Minimum 40%
in all modules

Year 1 of your
chosen degree


Minimum 30%
in all modules

In order to meet UKVI requirements, students should also reach the minimum of 40% in each of the individual skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening as part of their assessments.

Degrees you can go on to study at Keele

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Computer Science BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Computer Science and Business Management BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Computer Science and Finance BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Computer Science and Human Resource Management BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Computer Science and International Business BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -
Computer Science and Marketing BSc (Hons) 30% and above in all subject modules -

Dual honours

Computer Science and:

  • Business Management BSc (Hons)
  • Finance BSc (Hons)
  • Human Resource Management BSc (Hons)
  • International Business BSc (Hons)
  • Marketing BSc (Hons)

These degrees and grades are subject to change.