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BSc Hons

Computer Science

Creative, Digital & Computing

Key Facts

Level:
Level 6
Location:
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
Duration:
3 Years
Mode of Study:
Full-time
Awarding Body:
UCAS code:
G400
Institution Code:
W08

Apply via UCAS

Overview

Our Computer Science BSc will give you the computing skills and knowledge to help shape the future of businesses and organisations.

 

 

 

The course is mainly assignment-based and has been designed in consultation with employers to ensure that you will develop necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in industry. There is also an opportunity throughout this course for students to participate in work placements with local employers within the computing industry to gain valuable experience before they enter to industry themselves on a full-time basis.  We also have small class sizes and a high level of tutor support help ease you through this degree course.

Computer Science plays a vital role in the technological developments that have become part of everyday life. In this honours degree we will provide you with the fundamental programming and problem-solving skills required in the Computing sector whilst covering a range of cutting-edge topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data. 

 

Course Features
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre
  • Brand new facilities
  • Outstanding employability record for graduates

Course Structure

 

 

 

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Computer Architecture & Networks
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Maths for Computing
  • Study Skills

 

 

 

Year 2

  • Advanced Programming
  • Cyber Security & Forensics
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Database & Back-End Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Research Methods

 

 

 

 

 Year 3

  • Computing Project/Dissertation
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Software Development for Mobile Applications
  • Distributed Systems

Entry Requirements

 

 

 

Applicants should have a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from a Computing-related, full level 3 qualification.  Typically these are A-Levels, BTECs, GCE Applied or an Access to HE Diploma – but other equivalents (including international qualifications) will be considered. 

You should also have GCSE grade ‘C’ in English and Maths.

 

64

Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding

 

 

 

£6,750 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees

 

 

 

  • Induction Week course activities
  • Teaching and technical instruction
  • Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment
  • Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers
  • Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions
  • Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop areas
  • Access to Academic Registry and Student Support
  • Access to Careers Advice
  • Access to the Library and associated resources

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

 

 

 

 

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

 

Course books - many of the books are recommended, however there is at least one core textbook per module that is mandatory.

 

Stationery - It is mandatory that you come prepared with pens, pencils, a ruler and paper as some of the modules will require you to take physical notes away from a computer. It is also recommended you have a set of highlighters to help with your notes.

 

Some modules with require the use of a calculator, you can use your mobile phone for this but if you do have a scientific calculator (from £10 on Amazon) it is recommended you use this instead.

 

Peripherals – You will need to ensure you have a computer or a laptop able to download and execute the following programs: -

  • Visual Studio 2019 (Community Version)
  • Eclipse
  • Anaconda Navigator
  • MongoDB

At the time of writing, all software above is free

 

In terms of a laptop or a PC we recommend you use Microsoft Windows 10 as your Operating System as it is better equipped to handle the course content.

 

Printing and photocopying costs:

There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

 

Library overdue charges:

Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Bursaries and scholarships

 

 

 

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email: hebursaryfund@wakefield.ac.uk

Other Financial Support

 

 

 

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Careers

 

 

 

From developers to manager of IT and communications services, you'll have a range of opportunities open to you as a computer science graduate

Job Options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

 

 

 

Further study

You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, studying a computer science subject in greater detail through an MSc or PhD. Further study is essential for a career in academia and can be useful for a range of other careers, for example, developing new technologies and products. You can also combine work with further study through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).

You could also complete a teaching qualification in order to teach IT in secondary schools. Find out more about teacher training options.

For information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do computer science graduates do?

Two fifths of graduates in employment in the UK six months after graduation are working as programmers and software development professionals. Six of the top ten jobs held by graduates are related to computer sciences and include web design and IT operations technician.

DestinationPercentage
Employed 74.9
Further study 10.4
Working and studying 2.8
Unemployed 8.8
Other 3

Graduate destinations for computer science

Type of workPercentage
Information technology 68.9
Retail, catering and bar work 6.1
Business, HR and financial 5.9
Technicians and other professionals 2.8
Other 16.3

Types of work entered in the UK

For a detailed breakdown of what computer science and IT graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

 

 

 

 


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