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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc Hons Computer Networking aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to work in this exciting and ever-evolving field and help keep all aspects of modern life connected. You’ll discover how networking hardware and software work together to keep people and organisations connected, and support the wide range of services we expect our networks to provide. You’ll cover the curriculum of the CCNA professional certification, explore Windows and Unix/Linux system administration and learn about data security and network management. PRACTICAL FOCUS The BSc Computer Networking is a very practical degree with much of the class contact time is spent in the lab, with lectures and tutorials to present and underpin more theoretical areas. In addition, in the Paisley Campus delivery only, there is an optional 36-week professional work placement between years 2 & 3 or 3 & 4. College Partnership - BSc Top-up Degree In addition, Year 3 entry to this UWS degree is also offered at New College Lanarkshire (NCL) under our college partnership agreements. Please note that this route is a one-year top-up degree option and is only open to students who have completed an HND in Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security at NCL. Students on the BSc at NCL and who wish to complete the Honours year will be required to attend the Paisley Campuses to do so. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) as fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. It is also recognised by the BCS, on behalf of the Engineering Council, as fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs As well as launching their own businesses, many of UWS’s Computer Networking graduates have gone on to secure roles as networking engineers, computer network administrators and senior infrastructure analysts for a wide range of organisations including: Google / BT Networking / BSkyB / NHS / Scottish Government / IBM / DXC / JP Morgan / Morgan Stanley / Herald & Times Group Further Study Graduates from the BSC (Hons) Computer Networking degree have progressed to further study at a range of levels, including, master’s degrees both at UWS and elsewhere, doctoral study leading to a PhD and initial teacher training (PGDE).

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For Year 2 Entry: Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Computing or evidence of programming A Levels: BBC including Computing or evidence of programming International Baccalaureate: 28 points SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computing: Technical Support; Computing (Internetworking) BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM For Year 3 Entry: SQA HND/BTEC Level 5 HND: Computing: Technical Support; Computing (Internetworking); Networking & Cyber Security; Cyber Security; Computing: Network Computing; Computer Networking & Internet Technology

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry with SWAP (BBB) Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £15250* Year 1
International £15250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

Sponsorship information


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