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Computing Technologies BSc (Hons)

What is Computing Technologies BSc (Hons)?

You’ll become a well-rounded digital media and web developer able to create innovative media rich web sites. The degree covers a range of technical aspects – HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP – as well as creative skills such as audio, animation, graphic design and 3D modelling. User experience, mobile games and augmented reality are major themes of the course.

You’ll have the option to complete a year-long work placement. Students have worked at Rancon, Montpellier Creative, Athena Web Design and IBM. You’ll also analyse how applications can work within a real-world context by taking exciting field trips.

Previous students have visited the Design Museum in London to see how technology could influence perceptions of the artefacts, the VR World Congress conference to get hands on experience of cutting edge virtual reality solutions and Tamworth Snow Dome to produce applications assisting skiers.

Study style

This is a very hands-on degree creating portfolios of design work, websites, presentations and exhibitions. You’ll be mentored through video tutorials, electronic documents and mini-workshops – where through remote assisting software you and your tutors can share your screens.

In your first year you’ll learn to design, develop and deploy HTML5 and CSS3 compliant websites for a live client, right from the ground up. In your second year you’ll take things to the next level and work with mobile devices, creating apps and web-based content for mobile devices. Then in your final year you’ll explore search engine optimisation, social media marketing and digital methods to manage information for customers. You’ll discover how to analyse and gather big data sets by using specialist hardware such as the Tobii Eye Tracker, the Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE or the Leap Motion.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level..

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      GCSEs
      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC
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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Mobile Apps Developer
  • Web Developer
  • UX Designer
  • Augmented Reality Developer
  • 2D and 3D Animator
  • Mobile Games Designer
  • Rich-Media Developer
  • Virtual Reality Developer
  • New Media Marketer.

Industry links

Our links with industry practitioners means you’ll learn about current practices – creating websites for live clients such as Cheltenham Motor Sports.You’ll also have the option to complete a work placement as part of the course, with previous placements including Intel, GE Aviation, Codemasters, Athena Web Design, IBM and Microsoft. You can also enjoy learning from industry experts at our guest speaker event held annually.

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Create usable digital media solutions for clients

Links with industry mean you’ll keep up-to-date with current practices – such as eye-tracking for usability and create products for companies including Aspire Psychologists and Cheltenham Motor Sports. You can also complete a work placement. Students have worked at Rancon, HP and IBM.

Student on Digital Media course adjusting lighting within computer room

Become a professional web developer

You’ll cover a range of technical aspects, having the opportunity to learn HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and PHP, enabling you to work in a range of ways to create custom websites and go beyond using web-based templates.

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Learn in our brand new computing suites

You’ll have access to industry-standard software, including Adobe CC, Autodesk 3DS Max, CryEngine, Unreal and Unity. We also have the very latest, sought after hardware, including Sony dev kits, HoloLens, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Leap Motion, Motion Capture, eye tracking, game controllers, 4K/3D TVs, quadcopters and robots.

A student on the Game Development course looking at a computer game on two monitors whilst wearing an Oculus augmented reality headset

Trips and experiences

You’ll take field trips to analyse how your applications can work within a real-world context. Students have visited the Design Museum in London to see how technology can influence perceptions of the artefacts, the VR World Congress conference to view cutting edge augmented reality solutions, and Tamworth Snow Dome to develop the concept design of a mobile app to assist skiers.

Think you’ve got what it takes to piece together an innovative web solution from scraps of code, in 48 hours? You’ll get the chance to enter our webathon challenge for rewarding prizes. You can also exhibit your own work at the university’s COMX event where practitioners talent scout soon-to-be graduates.

Placements

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I decided to study Computing Technologies because I liked how varied the course was"

“I got the chance to develop a broad skillset, from web design to special effects. I am currently working for WellChild, the national charity for sick children. A month into the job I was asked to create all the design work for the annual ‘WellChild Awards’, attended by Prince Harry. Thanks to the relationships I made in my placement year and the varied skillset I had developed on my course, I could land my dream job and was given a huge amount of responsibility within my first few months.”

Laura Higgins, Computing Technologies graduate

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