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Computer Science

BSc (Hons)

Recognised qualifications

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

Pathway Course

Take the option to specialise in a particular area of computer science during your second year

Work placements

Undertake a 12-month paid work placement

UCAS code:
I743
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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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.

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.

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
Digital Technologies 30 credits
Networking Concepts And Cyber Security 30 credits
Software Development And Application Modelling 30 credits
Web Development And Operating Systems 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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

Facilities

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.

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.

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.

Euan Wilson
Euan WilsonCourse Leader

Euan Wilson: Has been a lecturer for over 20 years in the information systems domain and has changed specialisms as the education market and computing discipline has changed over the years. He has a wide knowledge of developing and running awards, and currently specialises in Data Analytics and Database Systems. Allied to his work in the UK he has worked with several of our international partners as both a lecturer and advisor. Euan is also an examiner for the BCS (British Computer Society).

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
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)
£14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 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).

Our students

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

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.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
14 September 2020

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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