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Computer Science

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2018

Excellent facilities

Including Cisco labs, a Juniper set-up and an iMac Lab

Expert teaching team

The team’s expertise is closely matched to the modules on the course

UCAS code:
G402
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Take a look at our Computer Science degree if you are interested in how computers work or want to use micro-processors to control devices from robots to cars.

If you are interested in how computers work - or would like to learn more about using micro-processors to control anything from robots to cars - take a closer look at our Computer Science degree. If you want to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated MSci award.

The area of software development for low-level and embedded systems is a growing area of computing that demands good technical skills in programming, as well as an understanding of hardware and software systems and their interaction.

This course is industry relevant and our graduates have the practical skills that industry demands.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Computer Science.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science.

Work placements

You will attend a work placement between the second and final years of the course, and our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In the first year, you will cover topics such as computer architecture, operating systems, networks, procedural and object-oriented programming, algorithms, systems analysis and design, and mathematics. In the second year, you will be introduced to a range of advanced programming skills that will include the high-level programming environment LabVIEW, low-level programming techniques, systems programming with C++ and advanced C programming. To prepare you to work in industry, we’ll also cover the skills you’ll need as a computing professional.

In your final year of the BSc, we will expose you to more advanced subjects, such as real-time and safety critical systems, interfacing techniques and distributed computer systems. You will also complete a major project that will give you the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Computer Science in detail.

In the first year, you will cover topics such as computer architecture, operating systems, networks, procedural and object-oriented programming, algorithms, systems analysis and design, and mathematics. In the second year, you will be introduced to a range of advanced programming skills that will include the high-level programming environment LabVIEW, low-level programming techniques, systems programming with C++ and advanced C programming. To prepare you to work in industry, we’ll also cover the skills you’ll need as a computing professional.

In your final year of the BSc, we will expose you to more advanced subjects, such as real-time and safety critical systems, interfacing techniques and distributed computer systems. You will also complete a major project that will give you the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Computer Science in detail. The MSci provides the opportunity of benefiting from an extra year studying advanced specialist modules, such as Computing Research and Managing Emerging Technologies.

In the first year, you will cover topics such as computer architecture, operating systems, networks, procedural and object-oriented programming, algorithms, systems analysis and design, and mathematics. In the second year, you will be introduced to a range of advanced programming skills that will include the high-level programming environment LabVIEW, low-level programming techniques, systems programming with C++ and advanced C programming. To prepare you to work in industry, we’ll also cover the skills you’ll need as a computing professional.

In your final year of the BSc, we will expose you to more advanced subjects, such as real-time and safety critical systems, interfacing techniques and distributed computer systems. You will also complete a major project that will give you the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Computer Science in detail.

In the first year, you will cover topics such as computer architecture, operating systems, networks, procedural and object-oriented programming, algorithms, systems analysis and design, and mathematics. In the second year, you will be introduced to a range of advanced programming skills that will include the high-level programming environment LabVIEW, low-level programming techniques, systems programming with C++ and advanced C programming. To prepare you to work in industry, we’ll also cover the skills you’ll need as a computing professional.

You will spend Year 3 on a placement, applying your knowledge in the workplace and gaining hands-on experience. In your final year of the BSc, we will expose you to more advanced subjects, such as real-time and safety critical systems, interfacing techniques and distributed computer systems. You will also complete a major project that will give you the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Computer Science in detail.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

British Computer Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

British Computer Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

British Computer Society

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems
Introductory Mathematics
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems
Year 1 compulsory modules
Hardware and Computer Systems
Introduction to Analysis and Design
Introduction to Software Development
Maths for Computing
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems
Professional Computing
Systems Programming with C++
Year 3 compulsory modules
Systems Programming with C++
Real Time and Safety Critical Systems
Interface and Distributed Computing Techniques
Year 4 compulsory modules
Managing Emerging Technologies
Computer Systems Development Practices
Enterprise Mobility
MSci Group Project
Project and Change Management
Computing Research

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications
  • Typical UCAS offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, BBC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DDM, DMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

Foundation

If you don’t have 112 points you can join this award with 48 points and study four foundation modules for a year before moving on to this degree title.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Computer Science degree courses work as computer programmers, computer systems specialists, system engineers, and technical consultants.

Some of the companies that employ past Computer Science students are:

  • CERN
  • National Instruments
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Perkins
  • BAE Systems
  • Caterpillar
  • Capula
  • Airbus
  • Infiniti-Red Bull Racing
  • Hewlett-Packard

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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