City, University of London

Computer Science City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. A strong interest in software technologies is a requisite, together with a desire to understand how they work and are built. Applicants should be motivated to keep up-to-date in a field in which rapid and accelerating change is the rule rather than the exception. The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science focuses on how software and programming work can be used to solve real-world problems. This degree will enable you to develop a systematic knowledge of computer science, and you will be able to evaluate situations to computer science problems, assess current techniques as well as gaining an appreciation of the foundations of computation, acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages and develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as IBM, PlayStation, Disney, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.

City's unique location provides excellent work experience opportunities at nearby Tech City. Careers include programming and software development, research-based careers in the IT industry and higher degrees, such as a PhD. Recent Computer Science graduates have joined employers such as Accenture, Blackrock, Feral Interactive, Hamilton-Brown Business Graphics, Imaginations Technology, QA Consulting, Sky and Unruly Group.

Course details

Modules

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year.

You will study six core modules.

Core modules:
Introduction to Algorithms
Mathematics for computing
Operating Systems
Systems architecture
Programming in Java
Databases and Web Development

In year two you will take a further six core modules and also undertake a project. Professional Pathway students take the core modules over a period of two years.

Core modules:
Data structures and algorithms
Programming in C++
Language processors
Computer Networks
Object-orientated analysis and design
Professional development in IT.
Team project
Work based project
The course is available with or without a placement between year two and year three.

In year three, full-time students take core modules in theory of computation and functional programming, with a further three elective modules. All BSc students undertake an individual project, researching and developing systems in an area of their own specialist interest.

Core modules:
Theory of computation
Functional programming
Individual project

Assessment method

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1
Written examination: 49% ∙ Coursework: 51%

Year 2
Written examination: 35% ∙ Coursework: 65%

Year 3
Written examination: 41% ∙ Coursework: 59%

Assessment weightings by year
Year 1: 0% ∙ Year 2: 40% ∙ Year 3: 60%

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G400
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 128 points Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred
A level ABB Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD IT/Numerate subjects (e.g. IT(Software Development) preferred
Extended Project We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 6 (C in English, B in Mathematics) or equivalents.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points IB with 32 points to include 6 in all Higher Level subjects

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of
qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For 2020 fees information, please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees

Provider information

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
City of London
EC1V 0HB


Course contact details

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Undergraduate Admissions Office

020 7040 5060