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University of Plymouth

Computing

UCAS Code: G401

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

Entry requirements


112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels.

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Pass Access to HE Diploma, including 33 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction which must include 12 credits in Maths with Merit.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-30

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

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

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

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

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM-DDM

In a related subject

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

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112-120 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers.

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UCAS Tariff

112-120

To include a minimum of 2 A Levels.

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95%
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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer science

This is the most flexible of our computing courses – designed to turn you into an adaptable computer specialist while helping you build web development skills and business awareness. With a clear emphasis on employability, you will develop your technical understanding alongside personal, analytical and design skills, understanding the legal and ethical frameworks within which all computing professionals operate.

* Benefit from our close links with local industry by taking part in local meetups, conferences such as Agile on the Beach, and networking events across the South West such as Tech Exeter, Digital Plymouth.

* Enjoy guest lectures on cutting edge Computing from the experts in industry such as Just Eat, Goss Interactive.

* Join a department with a reputation for friendliness and a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

* Discover the many collaboration opportunities, which mirror the teamwork at the heart of the industry. In the second year, you’ll work for a real client, in a team to develop a piece of software with a real purpose.

* Immerse yourself in the very latest technology and software. We use open source as well as providing access to Microsoft Imagine for software to work at home with. In our specialist labs you will get to use the Microsoft and Apple industry standard software, which we regularly update and refurbish. As a member of the Oracle Academy, you’ll also enjoy access to the most current Oracle software.

* Choose the subjects that interest you the most and are best suited to your career goals – whether it is mobile computing or Networks. Our extensive range of modules currently includes Software Engineering, Server-side coding, Computer Security and Mobile development.

Modules

Year 1:

You'll start to develop the basic technical skills needed to become a computing professional including: programming, databases, computer hardware, computer networking and how a computer operating system works, with optional modules on topics such as creating an e-commerce site.

Year 2:

Building on your first year, you’ll study topics in greater depth. You'll learn how to create databases in Oracle (arguably the database of choice for systems that must scale to a corporate size), study more formal software engineering techniques, and program web applications as well as business to business applications. You’ll also learn how to capture requirements and complete a whole software lifecycle, starting with a concept and ending with a product.

Final Year:

You’ll round off your studies with two core modules, both connected with issues of software project management. You’ll also carry out an individual project, which will take up a third of the year. The remainder of the year is made up of optional modules to enhance your skills further with your choice of topics ranging from internet psychology to programming for entertainment systems.

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

20% of assessment is by exam, 80% by coursework

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 Engineering, Computing 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.

66%
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

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

89%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
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
D

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%
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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.

£23k

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£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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