University of Central Lancashire has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
On this challenging and practical course, you’ll examine the application of innovative technology to solve commercial and industrial computing problems. Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills preparing you for a variety of careers. The first foundation year introduces technical skills and develops the confidence and academic skills required for Honours-level study. You’ll develop essential computing skills in your second year with students on other courses. This lets you switch from computing to a more specialised course if it is more appropriate to your career plans. If you want the breadth of study offered by computing, you choose two routes from: Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development and Computer Networks. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.
You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year/third year if on Foundation entry. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.
Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills to produce a multi-skilled graduate capable of succeeding in a variety of careers. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.
A broad skills base will allow you to pursue a range of careers without specialist entry requirements. One of our graduates is working for NATO. Others are working in local industry for organisations such as BAE. Several other graduates have gone on to teach in primary, secondary, further and higher education.
Many of our graduates continue studying, mostly at MSc level, but some embark on PhDs. Good graduates can take a taught MSc in: Agile Software Projects or IT Security; an MRes in: Child Computer Interaction; or a research degree: MSc (By Research), MPhil or PhD
Year 1: Introduction to Software Development, Investigating IT, Problem-solving for Computing, Study Skills 1 – Learning How to Learn, Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills, Introduction to Mathematical Methods
Year 2: Computing Challenge, Games Concepts, Introduction to Networking, Programming, Introduction to Programming, Computer Systems and Security, Systems Analysis & Database Design
Year 3: Software Development, Advanced Programming, The Agile Professional, Computational Thinking, Database Systems, HCI and User Experience
Year 4: Advanced Software Engineering Techniques, Object Oriented Methods in Computing, Honours Project, TWO modules from the following including at most ONE of the modules marked (): Computer Graphics (), Internet of Things (*), Wireless and Mobile, Bio-Inspired Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Database Systems, Games for the Internet
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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:
|UCAS Tariff||72 points|
|A level||72 UCAS points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||72 UCAS points|
|Scottish Higher||72 UCAS points|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||72 UCAS points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DM|
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£5,500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£5,500||Year 1|