University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science

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Course summary

OVERVIEW Computing and digital technology are essential features of today’s society. They are also key drivers in the economy, whether it’s in communication, finance or even leisure. Our Computer Science degree course at University College Birmingham will furnish you with advanced skills in everything from programming and websites to managing data and security issues, keeping your finger on the pulse of information technology and preparing you for a vast spectrum of job roles in the modern day market. Our Computer Science course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop solutions to complex problems through individual and group projects. Your learning will cover a wide range of the latest ICT and computing topics, introducing you to programming, computing mathematics, web development and databases before progressing onto subjects such as cloud computing, cyber security, mobile computing and even artificial intelligence (AI). Throughout your studies, you will have use of an array of state-of-the-art digital resources, IT and computer facilities, including access to our Digital Creative Studio. You will also have the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons with a paid placement in industry as part of your computing course, giving you substantial experience and boosting your employment prospects after you graduate. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placement – Apply your computing and IT training to the real world with the option of a paid 48-week placement, with no tuition fees during your placement year
  • Practical application – Learn in our purpose-built computer labs and access our Digital Creative Studio, featuring high-spec PCs and industry-standard media equipment
  • In-depth research – Take on a substantial research project in your final year, exploring an aspect of computing science in depth
FACILITIES Students on our computing course will have access to computer labs specifically designed for this degree. The facilities contain dedicated teaching labs complete with high-spec computers and industry-standard software. You will also have the chance to develop new skills in our Digital Creative Studio, featuring state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology, audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as high-spec computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software and graphics tablets. PLACEMENTS Our course features the option of a paid 48-week work placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Software developer
  • Web developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Computer security consultant
  • Database administrator (DBA)
  • IT technical support officer
You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Maths for Computing
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Databases
YEAR 2
  • Web Development
  • Advanced Algorithms
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber-Security
  • Introduction to Research
YEAR 3
  • Agile Software Development
  • Mobile Computing
  • Professional Issues in the Computing Sector
  • Artificial Intelligence
- Final Year Project

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk TEACHING Example of a typical teaching week (up to 14 contact hours):

  • Group teaching – 6 hours
  • Subject related workshops – 6 hours
  • Tutorials – 2 hours
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework – 50%
  • Practical assessment / projects – 45%
  • Written examinations – 5%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
G410
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/education-and-community/public-health-and-health-promotion-bsc-hons.aspx


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
Computer Science at University College Birmingham - UCAS