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University of Portsmouth

Computing

UCAS Code: GG46

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.

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.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

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

D*D

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer science

**Overview**

Ever wondered how the clever technology that we rely on gets created? Whether it's mobile apps, wearable devices, or networks that keep everything connected, someone has to create them – could you make your mark on this fast-moving industry?

On this BSc (Hons) Computing degree course, you’ll learn how to turn your interest in computing into a career in this field. You’ll develop skills you'll use as a computing professional in areas such as software engineering, systems analysis, and systems design and development.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society - Fulfilling academic requirement for CITP, and CEng. This allows you to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) when you complete the course. Once you gain sufficient professional experience you will be able to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the computing industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

94% Overall student satisfaction (Unistats data on NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Develop your skills across every area of computing, such as software engineering, databases, web development, user interface design and network management

- Tailor your degree to focus on the areas that match your career ambitions and interests

- Get your hands on the latest tech, such as our mobile app develop lab, and usability labs that include the latest eye-tracking technology

- Cover topics that'll set you apart from the crowd in the workplace, building your knowledge in specific areas of the industry such as cyber-security

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

- Apply your skills to real issues as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities and organisations

**Careers and opportunities**

When you complete the course you can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

What can you do with a Computing degree?

You could go on to secure a great job or graduate training placement in almost every area of computing, such as:

- computer networking

- database design

- web development

- computer programming

- teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

You could also study at MSc or PhD level, specialising in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or course that matches your aspirations and puts your new computing skills to work. You'll get help and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Interested in becoming a computing teacher? You can combine your computing studies with teacher training and school teaching placements. If successful, you’ll get a £9000 bursary in your final year and get Qualified Teacher Status with your BSc Computing degree.

"My degree has helped me immensely with a job opportunity, new skills, interests and knowledge, and also much needed experience in a real-world IT environment." Daniel Evans, Computing Student

Modules

In the first year we'll supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a computing professional. The areas covered will include software engineering, systems analysis and design. In your second year you will get the opportunity to select a specialist pathway while continuing to build on your first year experience with software engineering, more advanced database development using Oracle/db2, advanced communication architectures and business information security. In the final year you will consolidate your skills and learning. Having decided what part of the computing profession interests you the most, you can now concentrate on your chosen specialism at a more advanced level. There are a couple of core units but the final year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work.

Assessment methods

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills through multiple choice tests, essays and portfolio work, written exams, mini projects, presentations, case studies and blogs.

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
£15,900
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.

83%
high
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
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

92%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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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