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Build your technical and entrepreneurial skills, working with industry names such as Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu and GE Aviation.

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James Bickerton, graduate

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Develop advanced technical skills, learn to patent your designs and prepare a professional portfolio ready for industry. You’ll work real business briefs on this course – from the development of mobile apps, fly drones and a European MCU rally car, to hardware platforms and mission critical software. Computing problem solving and software engineering are the focus of this degree. You’ll develop skills in high and low level languages including C/C++, Java, Python, HTML5 and CSS and will use a range of Agile Methods including Scrum. You’ll present your work in a professional manner, developing an industry-ready portfolio of your projects and achievements.

From the beginning of the course, you'll work on real-life projects. Students have recently built mobile apps for businesses as well as a card-based visitor information system. From your second year onwards, you'll be supported to pursue your own paid freelance work to develop your experience and portfolio. You'll also have the opportunity to travel to Germany to race your own-built line-tracing robotic car in the European Renesas MCU Car Rally. The MCU Car Rally is held as part of the Embedded World event in connection with AND Technology Research Ltd and Renesas Electronics.

On our four-year sandwich degree, you can get a head start with your career with a one-year work placement. Recent work placement destinations include Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, GE Capital and Renishaw. Students often get their graduate jobs with these organisations. You'll learn in our new purpose-built School of Computing and Technology. This includes: a dedicated research lab; purpose-built break-out areas for workshop sessions; games consoles and screens in social areas; and the latest computing technology and software. You’ll use tools and operating systems such as Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Drones, Photoshop, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco.

Study style

Designed to build your individual portfolio, the key mode of assessment will focus on coursework and technical projects. This includes building your own robots, writing software to break secret codes, predicting share prices and designing intelligent search engines.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeG400
Single Honours - 4 years placementG406

Careers

  • Developer (application, system, web, software, database)
  • Architect (system, solutions, data, information)
  • Support (IT, application, network, service desk)
  • Data (analyst, modeller, scientist)
  • Crypto analyst (breaking ciphers)

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Student Focus

James Bickerton Richard Moss

We created our own software programming business, Iluma Studios. It all came about from a final year module.

A group of us worked on a games app called Pub Crawl Brawl. On graduating, we decided to create Iluma. We wouldn’t be doing this without the university. We have our own business mentor who has helped us so much. We did our placements at Rancon and Cam Systems. You can’t replace the value of getting real work in industry which definitely helped us to get where we are today.

Industry links

Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu and Accenture, GE Aviation, Microsoft, Intel, Yell, MCU Car Rally, AND Technology Research Ltd, Renesas Electronics.

Learn in new state-of-the-art facilities

Our brand new computing facilities opened in September 2015. The unique environment includes a dedicated research lab; purpose-built break-out areas for workshop sessions; games consoles and screens in social areas; and the latest computing technology and software.

 

Work with industry leaders

With the option to undertake a year in industry, you can gain professional experience with companies such as Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu and GE Capital.

Get paid work on technical projects

From your second year onwards, we’ll support you to work as a freelancer. You'll benefit from opportunities to work on paid projects through our industry contacts, building your portfolio and gaining experience towards your career.

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