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Birmingham City University

Computer Networks with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: I12B

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B

Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.

AS

A,C

Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 technical credits at Merit or Distinction. Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.

Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language/English Literature Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Level 2 qualifications must be achieved at the point of application. City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Intermediate 2 - grade CC Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication. Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22

HNC (BTEC)

P

HND (BTEC)

P

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates "For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects). Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D,M

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers). Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).   Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects

UCAS Tariff

80
67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Computer networks

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks with a Foundation Year, will equip you to take the revolution in communications technology to the next level in our modern, mobile, connected society.

You will have access to networked laboratories running the latest software, ensuring you become well acquainted with technologies you’ll encounter when working in the industry.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study course that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

You’ll take a practice-led approach, making use of equipment and tools found in the workplace, giving you the best preparation for employment. We prioritise the practical skills sought by industry, backing them up with a thorough understanding of theory. You will explore the latest in computing, network, and cloud and server technologies and have the opportunity to gain additional accreditation from Microsoft, Cisco Systems and the Linux Professional Institute. We are also home to Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre.

You will study a well-rounded curriculum in computer network engineering, programming, server systems and practice, as well as develop management-level skills such as project and change management to maximise you career potential.

Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a network administrator, network services engineer, network architect, network support analyst, data centre engineer, storage and virtualisation analyst, technical infrastructure architect, Linux network administrator, field network technician, service desk analyst, solutions architect, and IT infrastructure specialist.

Why Choose Us?
•We are home to a Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.
•We are recognised for our excellent research capabilities and extensive industry partnerships.
•You will work with industry-standard software development and simulation tools.
•You have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement and gain professional qualifications from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Linux Professional Institute.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Millennium Point Campus

Department:

School of Computing and Digital Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
med
Computer networks

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

66%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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 — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer networks

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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