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The BSc Computing aims to develop knowledge, technical skills and self-directed learning skills in computing, especially in areas affected by rapidly changing information technology. Final-year students carry out a complex real-world computing project.
Modern computing and information system skills often become obsolete as new technology is developed. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills, which are important in the marketplace, and emphasising the underlying theories, which last longer and which provide a sound basis for developing new skills, techniques and technologies, and even new theories. The social and organisational impacts of information technology are also included.
Accredited by the British Computer Society.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the first computing departments established in the UK; we will be celebrating our 62nd anniversary in 2019. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
Our world-class research activity informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations.
- We have four modern computing laboratories in the Department, with a total of 133 workstations. The labs have projection facilities and are air-conditioned. Our wide range of software runs on a number of platforms including Unix, Windows and Linux. The local area network is a switched gigabit/10gigabit ethernet. The Department and College computers are connected to the SuperJANET academic network via the London Metropolitan Network. Departmental computer services and networks are managed and supported by the Department's Systems Group.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
A combination of coursework, in-class tests and examinations.
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
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We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test including English comprehension and mathematical knowledge.
Alternative entry routes:
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in information technology or computing units.
The Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology offers a route into the Foundation Degree in Information Technology, which can then lead to entry onto the BSc Computing.
You may enter the programme at Year 3 if you have successfully completed Birkbeck's Foundation Degree in Information Technology, or if you provide documentary evidence of completing an equivalent programme at HND level or above at another institution (this should include web technologies, software development and 'hands-on' computer programming).
Additional entry requirements
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Skills Audit - Maths and English. Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C GSCE-level English and maths. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises maths and English. This audit assesses an applicants potential to cope with and benefit from a particular programme of study.
Fees and funding
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|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|