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Undergraduate

Computer Science

BSc (Hons)

What is Computer Science BSc (Hons)?

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. From the beginning of the course, you’ll work on real-life projects – developing an industry-ready portfolio of your projects and achievements. 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.

Study style

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.

Designed to build 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.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at UCAS.com)

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

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 2021 Park, Cheltenham I102 £9,250 £14,700

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • 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).

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.

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.

Electronic model car

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.

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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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