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University of Portsmouth

Computer Science

UCAS Code: G400

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

Entry requirements


104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, to include a Pricipal Subject in a relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with one relevant subject at Higher Level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject

104-120 Tariff points, including an Advanced Higher in a relevant subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.

96%
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

**Overview**

If you’re ready to make a career out of your interest in computer tech, then this BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree course will give you the skills and knowledge you need.

You’ll examine every aspect of computing, from programming to networks, and learn to develop the computer applications that are moulding the future. You’ll be able to explore the latest boundary-pushing technology, such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

Interested in becoming a Computer Science teacher? You can combine your computing studies with teacher training and school teaching placements. If successful, you’ll get a £9,000 bursary in your final year and have Qualified Teacher Status alongside your BSc Computer Science degree.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This helps you stand out against the competition when it comes to apply for jobs.

91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Get a thorough grounding in hardware, software and information processing

- Learn from experts with career experience in computer science

- Get to grips with the technical side of computer systems design and use your knowledge to find solutions to practical problems

- Use the latest tech and apply your skills to real-life problems via our partnership schemes with charities and organisations

- Access equipment such as our high performance computer labs, mobile app development lab and usability labs, including the latest eye-tracking technology

- Build your knowledge in specialist areas of the industry such as cyber-security

- Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days, where you'll join forces with other computing students to collaborate on projects and solve challenging problems

**Careers and opportunities**

You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that covers programming, software development and network management.

What can you do with a Computer Science degree?

This gives you a foundation for a career in areas such as:

- software engineering

- web development

- computer programming

- network design

- teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get career help, support and guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate from our Careers and Employability service.

"I chose to study computer science at Portsmouth because the University is well known for its high teaching standards, modern facilities and diverse culture. Applying as an international student, I was confident settling in would be pretty easy." Hassana Sadiq, Computing Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules this year include:

Programming
Architecture and Operating Systems
Database Systems Development
Networks
Core Computing Concepts

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Data Structures and Algorithms
Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
Operating Systems and Internetworking
Programming Applications and Programming Languages
Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:

3D Computer Graphics and Animation
Big Data
Ethical Hacking
Web Programming
Computing Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme
Institution-wide Language Programme

Optional placement year

At the end of your second year, you have the option to take a placement year to get experience working in the field. We’ll help you find a placement that matches your workplace ambitions.

Previous students have secured placements at high-profile organisations, including:

IBM
Airbus
Veritas

You’ll get mentoring and support to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Distributed Systems and Security
Theoretical Computer Science
Individual Project (Engineering)

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Advanced Networks
Computer Science Teaching Placement (only available on the teacher training pathway)
Engineering Science
Enterprise Web Architectures
Fuzzy Systems and Networks
Graphics and Computer Vision
Internet of Things
Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
Practical Data Analytics and Mining
Professional and Academic Research and Development (only available to Level 6 direct entry students)
Robotics
Security and Cryptography

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
in-class exercises
written exams
mini projects
presentations
written reports
review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
Year 2 students: 58% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 39% by coursework
Year 3 students: 22% by written exams and 78% 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
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of 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.

76%
med
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
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

90%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians
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.

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£21k

£25k

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£27k

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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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