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BSc (Hons) Computing

Computing placements video
  • UCAS Code:
    G610
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

This dynamic computing course has an excellent reputation within the IT industry and will give you the practical experience and technical knowledge you need to excel in the computing sector. You’ll cover a range of subjects relating to modern computing, including internet technologies, usability and systems software.

What’s more, all our courses are accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS). To be awarded Chartered IT Professional status from BCS you will need to complete a year of further learning beyond graduation and meet other criteria, details of which can be found on the BCS website.

We understand that computing is a diverse subject and that it can be difficult to know what area you’d like to specialise in at this stage in your career. That’s why all of our courses within the computing framework share a common first year, giving you the time to really explore the subject before deciding on a specialism. There are courses that allow you to keep a relatively wide focus, as well as degrees that provide a greater level of specialism, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to which direction you want your career to take.

This course forms part of BU's framework of computing alongside the following other courses:

You only need to apply for one of the courses in the framework. If you change your mind and would prefer to study a different course within the framework, you will have the opportunity to change your final degree title during your study with us. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years, with a 40-week placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry)

Accreditations:

British Computer Society

Relevant subjects:

Computing, ICT or IT, Sciences

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Business & Professional Issues: Preparing you for work in the computing profession, You will develop skills in teamwork, business appreciation, communication, professional behaviour, CV writing and research, and improve your knowledge of the computing industry.
  • Computers & Networks: You will learn about data representations for storage and transmission, the basic architecture of computers, peripherals, operating systems and file systems, and networking protocols.
  • Programming: You will learn to write programs that meet set specifications using a single programming language.
  • Relational Databases: Gain an understanding of the issues involved in developing and using relational databases, and become an expert in Structured Query Language and database design techniques.
  • Systems Analysis & Design: How the Systems Development process affects business. This includes the modelling business systems using informal and formal techniques, and merging parts needed for system provision such as the human computer interface and computer systems design.
  • User Centred Web Development: The best practices for designing and developing Web pages and sites. You will gain practical skills by mark-up languages to create static web pages, and an understanding of how simple multi-media techniques can improve the web-user's experience.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 407 hours
  • Independent learning: 793 hours

Year 2

Core units

  • Infrastructure Strategy: Explore the relationship between the goals of Information Systems and the infrastructure strategies of small and medium enterprises. Look at computer and networking infrastructures and characteristics like flexibility, scalability, performance, resilience, quality of service and security, and design choices and implications of corporate infrastructure.
  • Network and Software Engineering: The theory and practice of data communications, computer networks and software engineering. You'll compare network standards and evaluate enterprise choices in Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) design, considering ethics and security.
  • Project Management & Team Working: You will gain experience of working in a team on an IT systems development project, which will prepare you for work placement in Year 3.
  • Systems Design: With a focus on ‘upstream’ development tasks, you will learn about the needs and of software system designs, and explore the problems with traditional systems development such as human computer interface design and usability.

Option units

You'll choose one of the following units:

  • Application Programming: Building on your previous programming experience, you'll design more complex applications and explore data persistence, concurrency, and networking.
  • Data Management: You will develop further skills and understanding of the techniques and technologies used in databases and data management.

And one of the following:

  • Web Programming: You will learn to select and apply technologies appropriate to the issues being addressed. You will also develop an understanding of the legal, ethical and social issues in this rapidly changing environment.
  • Web Technology Integration: Design templates and apply them to content management systems, which are selected on a specific business model.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 380 hours
  • Independent learning: 820 hours

Year 3

You'll complete a (minimum) 40-week industrial work placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 4

Core units

  • Individual Project: Study a topic of your choice independently. You will coherently present your process and product.

Option units

You will choose three units from the following options, excluding a choice that includes both units of a "core pair" for another degree title:

  • Advanced Networks: Evaluate computer networks and what they're capable of. You will discuss the latest developments in communication technologies, the links between cellular and data networks, and issues affecting network performance and security.
  • Business Development & Enterprise: Gain an understanding of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and use idea generation techniques to identify market opportunities. You will create marketing plans using environment, competitor, market, customer and demand analysis to investigate market opportunities. You will also learn to use financial accounting and planning methods to create and evaluate financial plans for business developments.
  • Business Processes & Requirements: Learn about the relationship between business processes and the IT systems supporting them.
  • Data Mining: The principles and techniques of data analysis. You will carry out data analysis experiments.
  • Human Factors in Computing Systems: This unit will present generic Human Computer Interaction research that can be used for a range of software and systems engineering projects. You will learn about design processes, standards and guidelines, usability tools and techniques, and workload measurement approaches.
  • Information Assurance: A growing and diverse study of how information flows through cyberspace. Information Assurance is about getting the right Information, to the right people at the right time.
  • Machine Intelligence for Business Decision Making: Gain sound, practical knowledge of machine intelligence and bio-inspired computer techniques that are often used for solving problems in business, finance, planning and management.
  • Management in Computing: Learn how to manage a range of computing activities from supplier and consumer perspectives.
  • Network Configuration Management: Address issues in network design, and learn about the tools you'll need to run networks.
  • Security by Design: Select and critically evaluate the usability criteria that security mechanisms have to meet and design and evaluate secure systems that organisations need to ensure long-term, productive security.
  • Software Quality & Testing: How to make sure software has been made to a good enough quality.
  • Software Systems Modelling: Practice how to use software systems that use Unified Modelling Language (UML).
  • Ubiquitous & Pervasive Computing Systems: Mobile and pervasive systems impact personal and business activities. You will learn about the benefits and limits of mobile technology and design your own mobile and pervasive technology.
  • Web Information Systems: Explore web development methods of all scales. This will help you identify and solve likely problems in every stage of the development process.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

  • Learning and teaching: 162 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 1038 hours (actual)

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Computing.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.

A recent report from High Fliers Research has highlighted the vital importance of work placements. The report found that more than a third of jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience with that employer through work experience during holidays or placements as part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 40 weeks (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry).

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Analytical
  • Technical
  • Practical
  • Creative.

This is a predominantly technical framework, especially in the first year, which is common to all the degree titles in the framework, and in the second year core units. Therefore you will need to have a deep and abiding interest in computing and IT, and in the use of computer technologies to create effective and efficient solutions that meet the needs of the end users.

You will need to be hard-working and committed to your studies, be a good team player, and able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme for 2016 entry

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C  (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma in ICT/Science/Business (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC Qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires from Distinction, Merit, Merit.

  • Diploma: This course requires at least Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-Level or equivalent to acheive the overall tariff.

  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 28-30 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through  Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

Foundation Certificate for Computing
 

Careers

IT plays an ever more important role in every aspect of our lives and businesses are always looking for professionals who have the skills and drive to succeed in this fast-paced and ever-evolving industry. This degree will give you all the technical knowledge you need to get ahead, as well as giving you a good grasp of management in an IT setting.

Our graduates are highly sought after, with 91.3%* in work or further study within six months of completing their course. Our former students are working for organisations such as Accenture, Airmax, Altaire Ltd, Bank of America, Bistech, BT, Capgemini, Codepainters, Ebase Technology Ltd, FDM Group, Gamma, Geeks Ltd, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kingfisher IT Services, Matrix Solutions, Redweb, Siemens, Squire Technologies, Unity5, Urban Science and Web Reality, among many others.

With your qualification, you can apply for jobs such as:

  • Business information specialist
  • Digital project manager
  • IT analyst
  • Software developer
  • Web developer.

This course is accredited by the BCS and you will also have the chance to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification courses during your degree, making use of the facilities and resources at the BU Cisco Certified Local Networking Academy.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

Course statistics

The National Student Survey

The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.

  • Students agreed staff are good at explaining things – 91%
  • Students agreed staff made the subject interesting – 81%
  • Students were satisfied overall – 85%
  • Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support – 81%.

Additional accreditation, affiliations or exemptions

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Students have the opportunity of completing Cisco CCNA certification courses during this degree course at BU's Cisco Certified Local Networking Academy.

50% of the course is assessed by coursework

Our computing courses are very practically based, and therefore assessed in a manner appropriate to the subject. Many units will require you to work as part of a team.

20% is scheduled learning and teaching activities

This is a very hands-on course and in addition to timetabled lectures and seminars, our students have 24/7 access to dedicated facilities which include the latest hardware and software tools, e.g. for virtualisation, physical and virtual networking, programming, Linux, Windows 7, Android development, as well as dedicated general-purpose facilities. We are members of Microsoft DreamSpark. 

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

No hidden extras

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will find out more if you are offered a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

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Facilities & opportunities

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British Computer Society

This course is accredited by the BCS. You have the opportunity to be awarded Chartered IT Professional status from BCS which will require a further year of study beyond graduation. Further details can be found here.

Additional information

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