Queen's University Belfast

Computing and Information Technology

Ways to study this course – UCAS Code: GG45
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2014
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UCAS points guide Tuition fee % applicants receiving offers

320-340

£9,000

88%

Subjects Student score % employed or in further study Average graduate salary
Computer science
MEDIUM 78% HIGH 94% MEDIUM £22.5k
Information systems
MEDIUM 78% MEDIUM 92% MEDIUM £19.8k

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

ABB

For those offering a relevant A level the target is BBB. Relevant A levels are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, ICT, Mathematics, Physics, or Technology. For those not offering one of these subjects the target is ABB.

BTEC Diploma None stated
UCAS tariff points None stated

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 320-340 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in…

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,465 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,465 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest

% applicants receiving offers

88%

This can indicate the level of competition for places on this course, but a high percentage doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get one, and vice versa.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This programme aims to give students a sound knowledge of information technology fundamentals and their application; it is ideal for students who are interested in the more hands-on side of computing.

Modules

Information technology (IT) architecture design and integration; IT system administration (including administration of Windows XP/Server 2003, Unix and PC hardware); programming; computer architecture (including computer networks); human-computer interaction; database systems; web-based systems; professionalism.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

18%
82%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
18%
19%

Year 1

52%
44%
4%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

38%
62%

Year 4

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast, a Russell Group university, provides an exceptional education underpinned by world-class research. With a new library, sporting facilities, employability opportunities, one of the best students' unions in the UK and Ireland, and a social life second to none - including one of the best NI gig venues - the Queen's community offers a life-changing student experience.

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

Who studies this subject?

Sources: BestCourse4Me & HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK

1% of students here are from outside the UK

Drop-out rate

23% of students do not continue into the second year of their course

Full-time / Part-time

4% of students are part-time

Male / Female

18% of students are female

Achievement

52% of students achieved a 2:1 or above

Typical UCAS points

320 entry points typically achieved by students

Most popular subjects students studied before attending

Here's an idea of the academic background of students from the last five years, to give you a flavour of the type of people who take this subject.

Physics

28%

Most common grade was C (25%)

Mathematics

38%

Most common grade was A (40%)

Computing/ICT/IS

91%

Most common grade was B (38%)

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score MEDIUM 78%

Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

85%

Feedback on work has been helpful

58%

Feedback on work has been prompt

70%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study HIGH 94%
Average graduate salary MEDIUM £22.5k

Graduates who are functional managers and directors

9%

Graduates who are information technology technicians

7%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

33%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade – unemployment rates for graduates with good grades can be half those of graduates with slightly poorer degree classes. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

Who studies this subject?

Sources: BestCourse4Me & HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK

0% of students here are from outside the UK

Drop-out rate

23% of students do not continue into the second year of their course

Full-time / Part-time

1% of students are part-time

Male / Female

41% of students are female

Achievement

72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above

Typical UCAS points

320 entry points typically achieved by students

Most popular subjects students studied before attending

Here's an idea of the academic background of students from the last five years, to give you a flavour of the type of people who take this subject.

Religious Studies

25%

Most common grade was B (58%)

Computing/ICT/IS

89%

Most common grade was A (46%)

Business Studies

62%

Most common grade was B (43%)

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score MEDIUM 78%

Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

85%

Feedback on work has been helpful

58%

Feedback on work has been prompt

70%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study MEDIUM 92%
Average graduate salary MEDIUM £19.8k

Graduates who are functional managers and directors

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2012 – computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good – particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. Be realistic with these degrees – opportunities are not spread throughout the country and you might struggle, for example, to get an information systems job outside the larger cities.

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