BSc(Hons) in Web Development

General

Program Description

Begin your career as a capable innovator in an area of computer science that permeates every aspect of our daily lives. We’ll build your specialist knowledge in full-stack design and development for websites and web applications, covering DevOps, database design, as well as modern tools.

Introduction

This course is new for the entry year 2020.

Utilising Agile project management processes that mirror the industry, this course will prepare you for a sustainable career in web application development and enable you to anticipate and adapt to emerging technologies. What’s more, based within the Games Academy’s development teams, you’ll be surrounded by potential clients. 

You will:

  • Learn to apply creative thinking to solve real-world problems and utilise human-centred design principles to develop products that are fit for purpose. 
  • Benefit from being a member of a creative community of experts in User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design, programming and development operations (DevOps).
  • Work closely with industry to align your skills and experience with graduate-level career opportunities. 

Choose between a three-year degree or a four-year degree with a year of professional practice. While you must select one for your UCAS application, you’ll have the chance to change your decision up to the end of your second year.

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What you'll learn

Throughout this web development course, you’ll gain specialist knowledge in full-stack design and development for websites and web applications. Following user-centred processes, you’ll learn to analyse, design, evaluate and implement products. You’ll also learn programming principles and regulatory knowledge from the ground up, and take on multidisciplinary team-based projects using Agile. 

Year one

You’ll begin with a practical introduction to programming, computer technology, and computer science principles. Working in a multidisciplinary team, you’ll learn Agile principles, pipelines, and processes to deliver a bespoke, interactive website for a game under development by other Games Academy students. You’ll also complete an individual creative computing project, learning about physical computing in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Modules

  • Development Principles
  • Creative Computing
  • Principles of Computing
  • Individual Creative Computing Project
  • Multidisciplinary Development Practice

Year two

You’ll learn how to leverage back-end web technologies likes database systems and servers, before studying front-end development and implementing an original web application. You’ll typically concentrate on areas like functional coherence, accessibility, usability and aesthetics, further supported by distributed systems. 

Modules

  • Web Technologies
  • Web Application Design
  • Specialisms in Creative Computing
  • Mathematics for 3D Worlds & Simulations
  • Distributed Systems

Optional professional placement year

You’ll gain real-world, hands-on experience in this optional year-long placement. 

Year three/four

You’ll choose and explore a web development specialism through a practice-based research project, with supervision from a subject matter expert. Growing your knowledge of DevOps in a cloud computing context for cloud orchestration, you’ll engage in collective innovation as an exercise in digital entrepreneurship and apply this knowledge to a team-based major web development project. 

Modules

  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Innovation
  • Major Web Development Project
  • Research & Development: Practice
  • Research & Development: Dissertation

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

Much of your learning will come from collaboration and project development in multi-skilled teams. Alongside this, you’ll learn through practical workshops, crit sessions, mentoring, guest speakers, demonstrations and studio practice, as well as regular lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Assessment methods

Mirroring industry practice, you’ll be continually assessed on group projects through a group working strategy. You’ll also be assessed through pitches, projects, papers, portfolios and one-to-one feedback.

Staff

Our team includes industry experts with years of experience working with relevant technologies in their own practice. You’ll also learn from computer science scholars and researchers working in the fields of web development, immersion and artificial intelligence. 

Facilities

  • Modern i7 machines.
  • Attached labs for console development, immersive experience design, and robot fabrication.
  • Specialised computing hardware for game development, deep learning projects, motion capture, and immersive experiences.
  • Standard packages used in software development for the creative industries, including Adobe and Autodesk suites.
  • Access to free software via Microsoft Imagine.
  • Studios open late during term time.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: I102 (3 year) / I103 (4 year)

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

Deadlines

  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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