Computing Technologies (BSc Hons)

Computing Technologies

BSc (Hons)

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Combine technical knowledge with creative skills and become a career-ready digital specialist.

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Fantastic opportunities to expand your knowledge and test your ideas.

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Showcase your work at our very own exhibitions, WEBX and COMX. They are attended by employers and industry insiders.

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Learn about emerging trends and test experimental tech, such as Leap Motion, VR, HoloLens and Tobii Eye Tracker.

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Zaid Dawood

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Academic Course Leader - Computing Technologies

"I graduated as the highest-graded undergraduate student from the University of Gloucestershire in 2009, so I have a unique understanding of the skills and experience our students require for success.

Since graduating, I have worked in the industry as an eLearning courseware developer, media developer and mobile app developer - developing for both iOS and Android platforms.

I have also worked for Content Master, delivering high quality training materials for various blue-chip companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Orange and T-Mobile."

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Course outline

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. The course's links with industry practitioners means you'll learn about current practices, creating websites for live clients such as Cheltenham Motor Sports.

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

Students 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.

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.

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Study style

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, the tutor and can display their screen alongside the student's. In your first year you will 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 will take things to the next level and work with mobile devices, creating apps and web-based content for mobile devices. The final year of this degree you will explore search engine optimisation, social media marketing and digital methods to manage information for customers. 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.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

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

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional

Duration:

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

Location:

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 moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk.

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 placements@glos.ac.uk.

Industry links

Students also have the option to complete a work placement as part of the course with previous companies including Intel, GE Aviation, Codemasters, Athena Web Design, IBM and Microsoft. Enjoy learning from industry experts at our guest speaker event held  annually.

Careers

  • 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 Marketing
  • Rich-Media Developer
  • Virtual Reality Developer
  • New Media Marketing

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

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

Campus

Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation year 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.

Fees

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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeI150
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementI151
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundationI152

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