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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.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50.

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-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

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

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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

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 (Chartered Information Technology Professional) and partially meeting academic requirement for CEng (Chartered Engineer).

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

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computing 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 you will study in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules you will study in this year include:

Business Information Systems Security
Database Principles
Development for Usability
Operating Systems and Internetworking
Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

3D Computer Graphics and Animation
Big Data
Business Systems Analysis
Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
Ethical Hacking
Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
Web Programming

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules you will study in this year include:

Advanced Networks
Individual Project (Engineering)
Interaction Design

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Advanced Database Concepts
Advanced Systems Analysis
Computer Science Teaching Placement
Distributed Systems and Security
Educational Computing
Engineering Science
Graphics and Computer Vision
Information Systems Mangement
Internet of Things
Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
Practical Data Analytics and Mining
Professional and Academic Research Development
Project Mangement
Security and Cryptography

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
essays and portfolio work
written exams
mini projects
presentations
case studies
blogs

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: 35% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 62% 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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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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