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Bournemouth University

Computer Networks

UCAS Code: I120

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

Entry requirements


102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 UCAS tariff points

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

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

DMM

112 tariff poin

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer networks

**Computer networks are an integral part of business and as such our Computer Networks course will equip you with the skills you need to design, configure, manage and administer distributed network systems to a professional standard. You will gain expertise and understanding surrounding modern computing’s essential areas, covering programming, cyber security, network configuration management, infrastructure strategy and project management.. On top of all this you will additionally be given a wide range of optional units in your second and third years of study.**

**After you complete your first year of study you will then have the option to specialise by choosing your named award as one of 8 possible options. This could be in Computing, Data Science, Forensic Computing, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Information Technology and more.**

Our students have attended placements with the likes of Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, BMW Mini, Panasonic, HoiPoi Development (Japan) and Axenic (New Zealand). Graduates have gone on to work in sectors including Business, Management, Computing, Technology, Networking and IT.

• This course is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS) which recognises the excellence of teaching and student learning delivered on the course.
• You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year.
• Range of facilities and labs which includes a state-of-the-art cyber security unit where you can simulate cyber-attacks.
• Opportunity to join the Computing and Cyber Security societies, providing opportunities to further your learning and work with students from all across the university.

Modules

You will study a range of subject areas including: computer networks, systems analysis and design, infrastructure strategy, systems design, advanced networks and as well as the core units a number of optional units to help tailor your study.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Computing and Informatics

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.

74%
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

87%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
13%
Information technology technicians
4%
Electrical and electronic trades
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.

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£27k

£31k

£31k

£34k

£34k

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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