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University of Plymouth

Computer Science

UCAS Code: G407

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

Entry requirements


112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

Pass Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Computing/IT/Science/ Humanities/Engineering) with at least 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction to include 12 credits at level 3 in Maths with Merit.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-30

Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Maths and English considered within as GCSE equivalent at H1-H7 or O1-O4

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

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

DMM-DDM

Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination.

112-120 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths or an equivalent

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-120

To include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer science

Do you want to understand how a computer really works? You'll gain technical skills in computational theory, software development on a variety of devices and platforms, database development, computer hardware and networking. In addition to the technical content, you'll acquire an awareness of social, legal and ethical aspects of the IT industry, ensuring that you are primed for the workplace.

* We have strong connections with industry, including links with with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Intel, Apple, Nvidia and many more. We are a member of Microsoft Imagine (formerly DreamSpark) and the Oracle Academy, both of which enable our students to acquire free software to support their studies.

* Distinguish yourself with a degree that has won the 2013 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence and that’s accredited by and entitles membership of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS). You may also gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and will partially meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineering (CEng) registration.

* Be inspired by the creativity that our practical, hands-on course nurtures. Our ‘learning through doing’ ethos means you’ll quickly achieve – several of our second year students are already publishing mobile apps for both the Apple and Android markets, including a paid app featured in the Guardian newspaper.

* Learn from dedicated teaching staff, who are engaged in internationally significant research, are actively creating and developing applications, and have a wealth of industry contacts.

* Lay strong foundations for a successful career, using our extensive industry links to secure a one-year work placement – giving you the vital industry experience and connections you’ll need when you graduate.

* Immerse yourself in our modern and well equipped labs, which run industry standard developer tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, NetBeans, Android Studio, Apple X-Code (Apple labs only) and much more. The labs are regularly updated and refurbished and they all have free, unlimited and very fast Internet access. As a member of the Oracle Academy, you’ll also enjoy access to the most current Oracle software.

* Benefit from our focused and relevant research, we work closely with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, which conducts leading research reputation in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, big data and robotics. You will be offered practical and theoretical modules ranging from Machine Learning, computational theory and AI through to computer vision and parallel computing. You will have access to current AI and robotics platforms for final year projects on topics such as deep learning, cognitive robotics and big data.

* Ensure you have the business, communication and personal skills employers are looking for, with our teaching programme that reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit driving the computer industry.

* Choose the subjects that interest you the most and are best suited to your career goals – whether it’s artificial intelligence or quantum computing. Our extensive range of modules currently includes computer security, software engineering for games development, graphics and mobile and humanoid robots.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll engage with the foundations of computer science from programming to algorithms and mathematics. We’ve structured the curriculum to accurately reflect the industry and its many areas of specialisation. You’ll study programming techniques, database development, how to capture requirements and what happens inside a computing operating system. A hands-on course from the outset, you’ll benefit from a number of practical workshops as well as preparing for your third year work placement.

In the second year, you’ll build on the knowledge you’ve already acquired, engaging with new subjects that will help you identify possible career paths. We’ll continue to focus on your employability, introducing you to the wider issues faced by IT professionals and the legislation and ethics that guide the industry. An integrating project combines all the skills you have learnt so far, and allows you to undergo a full software lifecycle, starting with a concept and ending with a product.

By final year you’ll now be ready to demonstrate all that you’ve learned over the past three years by undertaking a substantial problem-solving individual project focused on a specific area of personal interest, or one that relates to your intended career. You’ll spend the rest of your time studying your optional modules, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, programming for games development, high performance computing, and how to process big data.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

17% of assessment is by exam, 80% by coursework and 3% practical assessment

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

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.

68%
low
Computer science

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
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

85%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
21%
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
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

70%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Information technology technicians
3%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer science

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

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

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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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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