Computer Science

Study options

Award

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
I743
UCAS code:
I744
UCAS code:
I745
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

Recognised qualifications

Gain certifications from Microsoft, CISCO, and Amazon, and a Google approved curriculum

Industry Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

8th for Student Satisfaction - Computer Science

Complete University Guide 2021

Become the next professional in the field of computer science. Whether it's software development, internet and web management, cloud technologies, or network computing you’re interested in, we have a pathway for you.

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course will put you at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies. Throughout your studies you will combine knowledge of the fundamentals of computer science theory and technology with specialist learning and real-world work experience.

During your second and third years we provide you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialism subjects within different pathways of study should or, if you prefer, you can combine specialism subjects for a broader study of computer science.

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways:

Cloud Technologies

Specialise in the latest technologies from the leading providers of Cloud services globally such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft in order to make yourself ultra-employable and versed in current standards. Staffordshire University is a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy program and we have embedded the AWS Certified Solutions Architect knowledge within our course.

Internet and Web Management

Specialise in the design and development of applications using web and mobile technologies. You will learn HTML, CSS, ECMAScript/JavaScript to create interactive user experiences.  What’s more, you’ll see how current frameworks can aid with effective design for a multitude of devices and environments. You’ll learn client-side and server-side development, for use with the developing applications.

Network Computing

Specialise in secure networks and operating system security. You’ll learn about the general area of computing and then enhance this knowledge in terms of communications and forensic security technology. Additionally, we have adopted the CISCO academy programs to ensure that you get the opportunity to gain the current CISCO academy certifications, in addition to your University degree, which is highly valued by graduate recruiters in industry.

Software Development

Focus on the Software Development Lifecycle from requirements elicitation to systems integration. Plus, get a grounding in application types and software architectures including frameworks and design patterns, while becoming fluent in programming with Java, C#, Android, and Swift.

Staffordshire University is one of the largest and best-resourced computing departments in the UK. Our teaching facilities are supported by extensively networked specialist computing labs with the latest software which you will need to exploit the discipline of Computer Science. Employability is a key aim for our course and, if you choose to, you can opt to go out on a work placement year between the second and third year of academic study.

During your study you will have the opportunity to increase your employability by becoming certified in a range of industry recognised platforms from AWS, Google, Cisco and Amazon.

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course will put you at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies. Throughout your studies you will combine knowledge of the fundamentals of computer science theory and technology with specialist learning and real-world work experience.

During your second and third years we provide you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialism subjects within different pathways of study should or, if you prefer, you can combine specialism subjects for a broader study of computer science.

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways:

Cloud Technologies

Specialise in the latest technologies from the leading providers of Cloud services globally such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft in order to make yourself ultra-employable and versed in current standards. Staffordshire University is a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy program and we have embedded the AWS Certified Solutions Architect knowledge within our course.

Internet and Web Management

Specialise in the design and development of applications using web and mobile technologies. You will learn HTML, CSS, ECMAScript/JavaScript to create interactive user experiences.  What’s more, you’ll see how current frameworks can aid with effective design for a multitude of devices and environments. You’ll learn client-side and server-side development, for use with the developing applications.

Network Computing

Specialise in secure networks and operating system security. You’ll learn about the general area of computing and then enhance this knowledge in terms of communications and forensic security technology. Additionally, we have adopted the CISCO academy programs to ensure that you get the opportunity to gain the current CISCO academy certifications, in addition to your University degree, which is highly valued by graduate recruiters in industry.

Software Development

Focus on the Software Development Lifecycle from requirements elicitation to systems integration. Plus, get a grounding in application types and software architectures including frameworks and design patterns, while becoming fluent in programming with Java, C#, Android, and Swift.

Staffordshire University is one of the largest and best-resourced computing departments in the UK. Our teaching facilities are supported by extensively networked specialist computing labs with the latest software which you will need to exploit the discipline of Computer Science. Employability is a key aim for our course and, if you choose to, you can opt to go out on a work placement year between the second and third year of academic study.

During your study you will have the opportunity to increase your employability by becoming certified in a range of industry recognised platforms from AWS, Google, Cisco and Amazon.

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course will put you at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies. Throughout your studies you will combine knowledge of the fundamentals of computer science theory and technology with specialist learning and real-world work experience.

During your second and third years we provide you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialism subjects within different pathways of study should or, if you prefer, you can combine specialism subjects for a broader study of computer science.

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways:

Cloud Technologies

Specialise in the latest technologies from the leading providers of Cloud services globally such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft in order to make yourself ultra-employable and versed in current standards. Staffordshire University is a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy program and we have embedded the AWS Certified Solutions Architect knowledge within our course.

Internet and Web Management

Specialise in the design and development of applications using web and mobile technologies. You will learn HTML, CSS, ECMAScript/JavaScript to create interactive user experiences.  What’s more, you’ll see how current frameworks can aid with effective design for a multitude of devices and environments. You’ll learn client-side and server-side development, for use with the developing applications.

Network Computing

Specialise in secure networks and operating system security. You’ll learn about the general area of computing and then enhance this knowledge in terms of communications and forensic security technology. Additionally, we have adopted the CISCO academy programs to ensure that you get the opportunity to gain the current CISCO academy certifications, in addition to your University degree, which is highly valued by graduate recruiters in industry.

Software Development

Focus on the Software Development Lifecycle from requirements elicitation to systems integration. Plus, get a grounding in application types and software architectures including frameworks and design patterns, while becoming fluent in programming with Java, C#, Android, and Swift.

Staffordshire University is one of the largest and best-resourced computing departments in the UK. Our teaching facilities are supported by extensively networked specialist computing labs with the latest software which you will need to exploit the discipline of Computer Science. Employability is a key aim for our course and, if you choose to, you can opt to go out on a work placement year between the second and third year of academic study.

During your study you will have the opportunity to increase your employability by becoming certified in a range of industry recognised platforms from AWS, Google, Cisco and Amazon.

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course will put you at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies. Throughout your studies you will combine knowledge of the fundamentals of computer science theory and technology with specialist learning and real-world work experience.

During your second and third years we provide you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialism subjects within different pathways of study should or, if you prefer, you can combine specialism subjects for a broader study of computer science.

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways:

Cloud Technologies

Specialise in the latest technologies from the leading providers of Cloud services globally such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft in order to make yourself ultra-employable and versed in current standards. Staffordshire University is a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy program and we have embedded the AWS Certified Solutions Architect knowledge within our course.

Internet and Web Management

Specialise in the design and development of applications using web and mobile technologies. You will learn HTML, CSS, ECMAScript/JavaScript to create interactive user experiences.  What’s more, you’ll see how current frameworks can aid with effective design for a multitude of devices and environments. You’ll learn client-side and server-side development, for use with the developing applications.

Network Computing

Specialise in secure networks and operating system security. You’ll learn about the general area of computing and then enhance this knowledge in terms of communications and forensic security technology. Additionally, we have adopted the CISCO academy programs to ensure that you get the opportunity to gain the current CISCO academy certifications, in addition to your University degree, which is highly valued by graduate recruiters in industry.

Software Development

Focus on the Software Development Lifecycle from requirements elicitation to systems integration. Plus, get a grounding in application types and software architectures including frameworks and design patterns, while becoming fluent in programming with Java, C#, Android, and Swift.

Staffordshire University is one of the largest and best-resourced computing departments in the UK. Our teaching facilities are supported by extensively networked specialist computing labs with the latest software which you will need to exploit the discipline of Computer Science. Employability is a key aim for our course and, if you choose to, you can opt to go out on a work placement year between the second and third year of academic study.

During your study you will have the opportunity to increase your employability by becoming certified in a range of industry recognised platforms from AWS, Google, Cisco and Amazon.

On successful completion of study, depending on your choice of specialism pathway,  we will issue you with one of the following awards:

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Cloud Technologies)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Internet and Web Management)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Network Computing)
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

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

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

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

To develop your knowledge and understanding of the computing discipline you’ll have the opportunity to complete an industrial placement between the second and third year of your course. This is also a great opportunity to further develop both your learning and to make valuable contacts for future employment.

Course content

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in your chosen path. 

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cloud technologies and software development.

In the second year, you will only be required to complete 50% in core modules, tackling commercial computing and databases and data structures. However, this is when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying Computer Science as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Cloud Technologies
  • Internet and Web Management
  • Network Computing
  • Software Development

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules, as well as expanding further on computer science. Your course will culminate in a Final Project, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own personal needs and demonstrate your knowledge of computer science.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in your chosen path. 

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cloud technologies and software development.

In the second year, you will only be required to complete 50% in core modules, tackling commercial computing and databases and data structures. However, this is when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying Computer Science as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Cloud Technologies
  • Internet and Web Management
  • Network Computing
  • Software Development

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules, as well as expanding further on computer science. Your course will culminate in a Final Project, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own personal needs and demonstrate your knowledge of computer science.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in your chosen path. 

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cloud technologies and software development.

In the second year, you will only be required to complete 50% in core modules, tackling commercial computing and databases and data structures. However, this is when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying Computer Science as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Cloud Technologies
  • Internet and Web Management
  • Network Computing
  • Software Development

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules, as well as expanding further on computer science. Your course will culminate in a Final Project, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own personal needs and demonstrate your knowledge of computer science.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in your chosen path. 

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cloud technologies and software development.

In the second year, you will only be required to complete 50% in core modules, tackling commercial computing and databases and data structures. However, this is when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying Computer Science as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Cloud Technologies
  • Internet and Web Management
  • Network Computing
  • Software Development

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules, as well as expanding further on computer science. Your course will culminate in a Final Project, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own personal needs and demonstrate your knowledge of computer science.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

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.

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.

BCS Accredited degree logo

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.

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.

BCS Accredited degree logo

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.

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.

BCS Accredited degree logo

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.

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.

BCS Accredited degree logo
BSc (Hons) Computer Science: Choose your pathway

BSc (Hons) Computer Science: Choose your pathway

Video

Find out more about the new pathway options available on our BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Network Computing

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Cyber Operations And Network Security 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Networks And Operating System Security 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Troubleshooting And Future Technologies 30 credits

Cloud Technologies

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Infrastructure Automation 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Cloud, Virtualisation And Communications 30 credits
Developing For The Cloud 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits

Software Development

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Mobile App Development 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Clean Coding And Networks 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Multiple Devices And User Experience 30 credits

Internet and Web Management

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Web Development 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Distributed Web Applications 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Web And Augmented Realities 30 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Group Project 30 credits
Networking, Statistics And Probability 30 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits
Web Technology And Programming 30 credits

Network Computing

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Group Project 30 credits
Networking, Statistics And Probability 30 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits
Web Technology And Programming 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Cyber Operations And Network Security 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Networks And Operating System Security 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Troubleshooting And Future Technologies 30 credits

Cloud Technologies

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Group Project 30 credits
Networking, Statistics And Probability 30 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits
Web Technology And Programming 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Infrastructure Automation 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Cloud, Virtualisation And Communications 30 credits
Developing For The Cloud 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits

Software Development

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Group Project 30 credits
Networking, Statistics And Probability 30 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits
Web Technology And Programming 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Mobile App Development 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Clean Coding And Networks 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Multiple Devices And User Experience 30 credits

Internet and Web Management

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Group Project 30 credits
Networking, Statistics And Probability 30 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits
Web Technology And Programming 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Web Development 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Distributed Web Applications 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Web And Augmented Realities 30 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Network Computing

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Cyber Operations And Network Security 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Networks And Operating System Security 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Troubleshooting And Future Technologies 30 credits

Cloud Technologies

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Infrastructure Automation 30 credits
Routed And Switched Architectures 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Cloud, Virtualisation And Communications 30 credits
Developing For The Cloud 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits

Software Development

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Mobile App Development 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Clean Coding And Networks 30 credits
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Multiple Devices And User Experience 30 credits

Internet and Web Management

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing 30 credits
Databases And Data Structures 30 credits
Server-Side Programming 30 credits
Web Development 30 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Emerging Technologies 30 credits
Enterprise Cloud And Distributed Web Applications 30 credits
Final Year Project 30 credits
Web And Augmented Realities 30 credits

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Ideally you will be educated in Maths to grade C (Grade 4) at GCSE or above, however, if you do not have this we recommend you to contact the University so we can advise you.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Ideally you will be educated in Maths to grade C (Grade 4) at GCSE or above, however, if you do not have this we recommend you to contact the University so we can advise you.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Ideally you will be educated in Maths to grade C (Grade 4) at GCSE or above, however, if you do not have this we recommend you to contact the University so we can advise you.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Computer Network Lab Tour

Computer Network Lab Tour

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Join our Course Director for Cyber Security & Computer Networks Chris Howard for a tour around our Computer Network Lab.

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Careers

You’ll find graduates from our Computer Science disciplines working in many computing areas – Graduates from our Computer Science degrees have gone on to work in a whole range of related occupations. Previous roles include:  software developer, database administrator, computer hardware engineer, computer systems analyst, computer network architect, web developer, information security analyst, and computer programmer.

Placement Years on our Computing Degrees

Placement Years on our Computing Degrees

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Student Tim discusses why a degree with a placement year was the best option for him - and how his time with CISCO has helped him to secure a job post-graduation.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Assessment

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

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 AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Computing at Staffordshire University

Computing at Staffordshire University

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Year 1

35% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
65% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

26% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
74% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

14% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
86% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

63% practical exams
13% coursework
25% written exams

Year 2

50% practical exams
38% coursework
13% written exams

Year 3

45% practical exams
43% coursework
13% written exams

Staff

Teaching and supervision on the course is undertaken by experienced academic staff who understand the value of your knowledge development applied to commercial and industrial contexts. You will find all our staff have extensive industrial or research-based backgrounds. Our philosophy is that of applied scholarship – thus, our approach to education is based on research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry and commerce and is of direct value to you as a professional in the IT industry. Furthermore, our staff have established a credible reputation and position as educators and researchers in Computer Science – evidenced by our on-going links with industry, significant commercial and knowledge transfer-based funding, research funding, and our work with regional agencies and business. You can be confident therefore, that you will be part of an academic community that understands the value of research and knowledge creation, the impact of computing education, and the significance of its application to the world we live in.

Dr Justin Champion

Senior Lecturer

Justin has worked for the University for a number of years as a Senior Lecturer in Networking. He is a member of the university's CISCO teaching team and has a wide set of experiences within this field, and has mostly specialised in the area of…

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK 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 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The facilities at the University are very good. I mainly use the labs on the fourth floor of the Mellor building which contains a good sample of industrial equipment which is great to experiment and learn on.

I chose to do a placement year because it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain both practical and industrial experience which can’t be obtained in a classroom. I’m doing my placement at CISCO in Reading. Long-term I think it will be really beneficial when I leave university in opening the doors up to future career prospects.

Josh Smith

Computing student

If you are really into computer networking and how computers interact with each other then 100% it’s the course for you. It's delivered well, there’s a lot of kit and labs to use and practical projects and you get hands on experience with kit that is used in the industry. 

Everything has been good; Staffs have set me up to have a good career in computer networking from the knowledge and content they have taught us and have provided us with great supporting material to make the most of our time here. 

Qhama Matthews

Computing student

I was attracted to the course because I loved the range of real-world skills being offered. All the content is what is being looked for in young and budding developers in the industry. 

I secured a placement at Pinewood Technologies as a Software and Web Developer based on the skills that I have learnt at Staffs. I initially did not know which pathway I would like to go down after university but getting hands on experience with a wide range of skillsets has allowed me to find my calling within the industry. Software Development allows me to enjoy both the elements of problem solving and the element of creating efficient and well-designed applications at the same time. 

Kieran Noble

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (With a Placement Year)

My placement was a year with Airbus in Bavaria, Germany. I worked in the department that developed software for application in military aircraft. I really enjoyed my time there. I worked with some of the best in the business, and because it is an international company I worked with many people from across the globe. The experience was invaluable and was certainly my favourite year being a student.

James Cook

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Computer Science is a fantastic foundation for a BSc, as it’s a venerable, well respected course that drills the basics into you, and is endlessly adaptable; it has enough optional modules to allow you to get a taste of everything.

It puts you in a great position for specialising, too: a computer scientist knows enough generic principles to do whatever they like, something more focused courses won’t prepare you for.

I did a placement year in my third year (making this a four-year course), at a company based in Manchester - they do industrial quality control systems, such as non-contact defect measurement, biomechanical joint wear simulators, and other bespoke systems.

I’d go so far as to say placements should be mandatory – the experience helped me sand down my clinical academic understanding into a more well-rounded, practical skillset. It also lessens the culture shock for those whose first foray into the working world will be post-graduation – a must-do for anyone who wants a leg-up

Josh Sayce

BSc Computer Science

Studying at Staffordshire University gave me both a theoretical and hands-on approach to computing. This, coupled with a placement year applying what I had learned, put me in good stead after graduation. Employers appreciated that I had a widespread knowledge thanks to my course.

Alex Wright

Alex Wright, Network Systems Integration Test Engineer, Vizolution (previously with Cisco UK)

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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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