Computing (BSc Hons)


BSc (Hons)

Programmed for success

Get career-ready on a course that will develop your advanced technical skills and help you create a professional portfolio.

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Unique opportunities

Platforms to get you ahead.

Computing student.

Earn as you learn - get paid to work on technical projects while you study.

Students working on a mobile app.

Work on real business briefs - from the development of mobile apps, to creating mission critical software.

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Benefit from our industry links. Recent students have done placements with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu.

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Access state-of-the-art tech in our new computing suites.

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Julie Paterson, Course Leader

Julie Paterson

Course Leader

"I have always been passionate about applying new skills, tools and techniques to complex business problems within competitive business environment. In past roles as a Business IT Consultant with various national and international organisations, I advised on both organisational and technical projects and change management.

I am now dedicated to teaching and supporting individuals to excel in this dynamic, rapidly growing industry."

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Course outline

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.

 This course will be replaced by Computer Science (BSc Hons) in 2021.

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Computers and Security' to 'Mobile Application Development'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

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


  • 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)

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeG400
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementG406
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageG401

School of Business and Technology

Our School of Business and Technology is a thriving and dynamic place to study. We are growing quickly and emerging as a leading collaborative hub thanks to the professional credentials of our academic staff and the impactive work of our researchers.

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