Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Applied Computer Science

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Course summary

Learn to design and build computer systems and explore computing technology at ARU Peterborough, in a globally recognised ‘smart city’ with a gigabit network. Computing can be amazingly diverse, encompassing computer design, graphics, artificial intelligence, gaming, software engineering, programming, and applications development. Our BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science degree is designed to offer you a wide choice of career options when you graduate. Based in our brand new campus at ARU Peterborough, you'll have the latest digital technology at your fingertips, and collaborate with other students on innovative computing projects. As you study, you can choose to focus on the core elements of computer science, or to specialise in areas such as software development, mobile applications, computer security, cloud computing, network administration and technical support. Employability is integrated into the curriculum throughout the course, starting with 12 months access to Pluralsight professional online training courses for programmers, within the Introduction to Programming module. This gives you enhanced opportunities to experience real-world professional training as part of your academic course. As a Computer Science student at ARU Peterborough, you'll spend lots of time in our computing labs. You’ll have access to Microsoft Imagine Premium’s professional developer and designer tools, VMware IT Academy’s virtualisation software and tools, plus mobile devices for testing and developing mobile applications. It’s not just about technical skills, though. You’ll benefit from being based in Peterborough – a city with high economic growth and lots of opportunities. As you study, you’ll learn to work effectively as part of a team and become a creative problem-solver who's aware of social, moral, and ethical issues relating to the impact of computers on our lives. We’ve developed our BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science degree in partnership with employers to ensure you learn the skills needed in industry. Our BSc (Hons) course focuses on equipping you with software engineering skills with a slight edge given to programming languages, so if it’s the ability to bend software to your will that excites you, this is course for you.

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to Programming. Computer Systems. Software Principles. Operating Systems. Core Mathematics for Computing. Year 2: Database Design and Implementation. Software Engineering. Ruskin Module. Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures. Network Routing. Digital Security. Computing Research Methodologies. Year 3: Professional Issues: Computing and Society. Image Processing. Final Project. Artificial Intelligence. Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures. Cloud Computing. Computer Graphics Programming. Distributed Programming. Human Computer Interaction

Assessment method

Throughout your BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science course we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, these will include group work, presentations, case studies, laboratory tests and projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2021 international fees are to be confirmed
Applied Computer Science at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS