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Plymouth University

Computer Systems and Networks

UCAS Code: G420
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

82%

Subjects
  • Computer science
Student score
72% LOW
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
MDD

International Baccalaureate
30

30 overall.

UCAS tariff points
120

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

82%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

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

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

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 £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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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

â?¢Lay strong foundations for a successful career with industry-recognised Cisco training embedded within the first two years of the course. â?¢Put your skills into practice in our high-specification network laboratory. Learn how to cable and configure routers and switches, as well as other systems such as phones, video cameras and wireless devices. â?¢Leverage your sought-after Cisco training to secure a one-year work placement using our extensive industry links. Gain confidence and vital industry experience, and maybe even a job offer. All three of our students who won placements with Cisco in 2012 now have full time positions in the company. â?¢Understand how the network is used in the modern IT industry by studying the way global systems â?? like Google, Amazon and Facebook â?? operate. Youâ??ll combine your practical networking experience with sound knowledge of the software running on the servers, giving you the invaluable insight employers are looking for. â?¢Prepare for your first job by demonstrating to employers your core competency in networking along with your ability to contribute to the other parts of a large IT system. â?¢Benefit from our active research through the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN), providing you with the security knowledge essential for network professionals. The latest Research Assessment Exercise judged 100% of our research to be of international repute, with 25% of that recognised as world leading. â?¢Have confidence in a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and which won a 2013 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence. â?¢Receive an iPad mini and over £300 worth of free electronic textbooks, so you can join our interactive sessions and access a host of additional resource material.

Modules

Stage 1: Overview of networks and distributed processing; foundations of computing; electronic principles; relevant mathematics and business studies. Stage 2: Further studies in networks and distributed processing; software engineering; communications principles, human factors, relevant mathematics and business studies. Stage 3: 48-week period of professional training in industry. Stage 4: Specialist studies in network principles, operations and design; options in related technical areas; major individual project.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

22%
78%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
33%
52%
15%

Year 1

32%
46%
22%

Year 2

33%
55%
12%

Year 3

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

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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 75%
Student score 72% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

77%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

50%

Staff are good at explaining things

81%

Received sufficient advice and support

75%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: 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
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
8% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
337 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
61% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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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 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £21.5k MED
Graduates who are information technology technicians

7%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

55%

Graduates who are functional managers and directors

3%

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.
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