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Computer Networks Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Do you have a passion for technology, problem solving and excellent analytical skills? Why not apply these skills to help connect the world with the latest networking technologies?

Network engineers develop the infrastructure that enables devices and systems to communicate. Computer networks have become a critical and integral part of all business sectors from banking and finance, to retail and professional services, and to support the increasing computing technology that is becoming embedded in our homes.

On this British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course, you’ll learn how to design, configure and optimise distributed and large-scale networks to create seamless systems which are vital for organisational efficiency and productivity.

You will learn both wired and wireless communication technologies and protocols ranging from traditional ethernet to ad-hoc and cellular, such as 4G and 5G networks. In addition to core computing skills, you will learn the fundamentals of networks including flexibility, scalability, quality of service and the security implications of corporate infrastructures.

Using state of the art network devices in our Cisco laboratory, you’ll put theory into practice by designing and configuring your own networks as well as exploring the latest developments in communication technologies, such as the cloud, the Internet of Things and next-generation networks.

Career opportunities can include roles such as network designer/engineer, network architect, IT manager or information systems manager.

This is one of eight undergraduate computing courses we offer at BU. As we understand that it can be difficult to know what area you’d like to specialise in, all of these courses share a common first year, giving you the time to really explore the subject before deciding on a specialism. You only need to apply for one of the courses and you will have the opportunity to change your final degree title during your study with us.

Course details

Modules

You will study a range of subject areas including: computer networks, systems analysis and design, infrastructure strategy, systems design, advanced networks and as well as the core units a number of optional units to help tailor your study.

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 I120
Institution code B50
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
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff poin
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,000 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

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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