Coventry University

Computer Science Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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We have a syllabus that keeps up with current technology trends, so you can stay abreast of emerging technologies like Graph databases, mobile app development and Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts. We will explore the basis of computer science, using industry-standard equipment, including robots, virtual and physical servers, chromebooks and mobile devices, as well as Microsoft software and industrial strength collaboration coding platforms, such as GitHub.

Our extensive commercial links provide you with opportunities to experience the process of working in a team to create a system for a client with all the constraints and requirements this entails. For example, recent projects have involved robot simulators, data mining with IBM, database development, virtual reality and assistive technology.

You will have the opportunity to develop specialised skills and knowledge in the areas of intelligent agents, mobile applications, open source development, concurrent and real-time applications on the undergraduate programme, as well as neural networks, machine learning, cloud computing, distributed technologies and intelligent information retrieval on the Master’s. You can also gain additional industry recognised certifications through the Microsoft and CISCO Academy Programmes.

We have a highly experienced team of staff, many who have worked in the fields of machine learning, networking or data science for well-known organisations such as Maplesoft, Praeposit Limited for e-learning and Jaguar Land Rover, and others who are conducting internationally-rated research in fields such as web and mobile development, artificial intelligence, distributed systems and computing for the creative industries.

Key Course Benefits:

  • Opportunity to gain Microsoft Academy certifications.

  • An opportunity to demonstrate your portfolio of work to potential employers at the annual Coventry New Wizards Showcase.

  • Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification.

  • The active Computer Club that organises a range of extracurricular activities, such as LAN gaming, robot programming challenges and hackathons, to experience the most up-to-date technologies.

  • Regular guest lecturers from current practitioners, which, in recent years, have included speakers senior professors from Sheffield, Lincoln and Birmingham universities and the European Bioinformatics Centre Cambridge.

  • Support for seeking short and long-term placements with technology companies to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel and Accenture, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries.

Course details


Our main study themes are:

  • Programming: The underlying concepts and algorithms, which enables you to apply the programming techniques that appropriate for the problem encountered. You will have opportunity to develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theory common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical users and clients.

  • Computer Architecture, Networking and Operating Systems: We investigate and analyse the origin, structure and use of the fundamental components of computers, how they represent data, operating systems (OS) used and networking approaches. We will explore basic OS concepts, such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We cover the main features of Linux, Windows, UNIX and Mac OSI, among others.

  • Database Systems, Data and Information Retrieval: How to identify the database approach that best reflects the application and the use of a variety of data analytic approaches.

  • Software System Modelling and Project Management: We offer a practical guide to the software development processes with associated tools and techniques for modelling and project management. We focus on modern iterative process models using Agile and object-oriented (OO) modelling methods and tools, including techniques for requirements engineering and analysis, architectural design and detailed software design with patterns, completed with implementation, testing and integration.

  • Latest Computing-related Technologies and Development: We explore the latest technologies and development in the areas of web technologies, mobile apps, AI, concurrent and real time systems, and contribute to the open source community through the development of software and the production of large scale complex software.

How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB - ABB to include one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Computer Science or Computing. Excludes General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD - DDM in IT or a technical subject.
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in either Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher Level.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary.

If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 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

EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status and/or their tuition fee charges. Coventry University Group will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

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