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Computer Science BSc (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Computer Science BSc (Hons)?

BSc (Hons) Computer Science is an exciting course designed to give you the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that are sought after by potential employers and industry experts. The course’s approach to learning and teaching is based on engaging students through the provision of an intrinsically interesting, academically challenging and coherent course experience that supports your development as a Computer Science professional.

You will be introduced to a range of Computer Science topics that will explore key concepts and techniques relating to this dynamic field of study and provide you with an understanding of software engineering skills. These include the use of systems software to manage business systems, various industry-standard programming languages and the ability to combine existing ways of working with new ones to provide the required output.

These skills are expanded throughout your degree to support you working confidently independently and as part of a team in complex, unfamiliar contexts. This will involve gathering and evaluating different types of information, identifying problems, developing and documenting solutions and making effective use of technology to generate transformative solutions.

Our Technical Computing subject community scored 97% satisfaction for Learning Opportunities in the National Student Survey 2021.

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 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.

With the aim of building your individual portfolio, you’ll mainly be assessed by coursework and technical projects. This includes building your own robots, writing software to break secret codes, predicting share prices and designing intelligent search engines.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

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

      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 additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      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).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • 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. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham I103 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham I103 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Software engineer
  • Application analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Systems architect
  • IT support
  • Cryptographer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Penetration tester
  • Game designer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • UX designer
  • Web designer

Industry links

You’ll benefit from a connections with Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu and Accenture, GE Aviation, Microsoft, Intel, Yell, MCU Car Rally, AND Technology Research Ltd and Renesas Electronics.

Benefit from our connections with world-leading organisations

The advantage of our excellent links with some of the biggest cyber employers in the county including GCHQ, Intel, IBM Security and Raytheon.

Use the latest technologies

Our cyber & technical computing students benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and latest hardware and software.

Experience international trips and amazing opportunities

You’ll have the chance 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.

Make your CV stand out

You’ll graduate with skills in high and low level languages – including C/C++, Java, Python, HTML5 and CSS – and you’ll use a range of Agile Methods including Scrum. You’ll learn how to present your work in a professional manner, developing an industry-ready portfolio of your projects and achievements.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have the chance 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.

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

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