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Computer Science University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview

If you’re ready to make a career out of your interest in computer tech, then this BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree course will give you the skills and knowledge you need.

You’ll examine every aspect of computing, from programming to networks, and learn to develop the computer applications that are moulding the future. You’ll be able to explore the latest boundary-pushing technology, such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

Interested in becoming a Computer Science teacher? You can combine your computing studies with teacher training and school teaching placements. If successful, you’ll get a £9,000 bursary in your final year and have Qualified Teacher Status alongside your BSc Computer Science degree.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This helps you stand out against the competition when it comes to apply for jobs.

91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Get a thorough grounding in hardware, software and information processing

  • Learn from experts with career experience in computer science

  • Get to grips with the technical side of computer systems design and use your knowledge to find solutions to practical problems

  • Use the latest tech and apply your skills to real-life problems via our partnership schemes with charities and organisations

  • Access equipment such as our high performance computer labs, mobile app development lab and usability labs, including the latest eye-tracking technology

  • Build your knowledge in specialist areas of the industry such as cyber-security

  • Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days, where you'll join forces with other computing students to collaborate on projects and solve challenging problems

Careers and opportunities

You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that covers programming, software development and network management.

What can you do with a Computer Science degree?

This gives you a foundation for a career in areas such as:

  • software engineering

  • web development

  • computer programming

  • network design

  • teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get career help, support and guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate from our Careers and Employability service.

"I chose to study computer science at Portsmouth because the University is well known for its high teaching standards, modern facilities and diverse culture. Applying as an international student, I was confident settling in would be pretty easy." Hassana Sadiq, Computing Student

Course details

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules this year include:

Programming
Architecture and Operating Systems
Database Systems Development
Networks
Core Computing Concepts

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Data Structures and Algorithms
Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
Operating Systems and Internetworking
Programming Applications and Programming Languages
Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:

3D Computer Graphics and Animation
Big Data
Ethical Hacking
Web Programming
Computing Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme
Institution-wide Language Programme

Optional placement year

At the end of your second year, you have the option to take a placement year to get experience working in the field. We’ll help you find a placement that matches your workplace ambitions.

Previous students have secured placements at high-profile organisations, including:

IBM
Airbus
Veritas

You’ll get mentoring and support to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Distributed Systems and Security
Theoretical Computer Science
Individual Project (Engineering)

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Advanced Networks
Computer Science Teaching Placement (only available on the teacher training pathway)
Engineering Science
Enterprise Web Architectures
Fuzzy Systems and Networks
Graphics and Computer Vision
Internet of Things
Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
Practical Data Analytics and Mining
Professional and Academic Research and Development (only available to Level 6 direct entry students)
Robotics
Security and Cryptography

Assessment method

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
in-class exercises
written exams
mini projects
presentations
written reports
review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
Year 2 students: 58% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 39% by coursework
Year 3 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.
A level 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM Must be in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma 106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Technology based).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, to include a Pricipal Subject in a relevant subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with one relevant subject at Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 To include a Higher Level in a relevant subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-120 Tariff points, including an Advanced Higher in a relevant subject.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,400 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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