BSc (Hons) Computer Science

General

Program Description

Course details

Develop the skills to prepare you for a career working with new and future technologies. There is a strong demand for computer science graduates and this course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to fill this skills gap.

The Government have committed to developing a skilled workforce in the influential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. This course aligns with the key themes of these subject areas and will provide you with the skills to solve computer programming problems in a range of industries.

You will develop an understanding of how computer systems work, the problems that can arise and the implications of what companies are developing. The course will enhance your teamworking and project management abilities, while honing your expertise in emerging technologies.

We also offer this course as a four year MEng. This integrated masters course allows you to combine undergraduate study with a masters level qualification.

Our partnership with global communications technology giant Avaya brings the company’s cutting-edge expertise to the heart of Headingley Campus. You will have direct access to the Avaya Breeze, Avaya Aura and Avaya Equinox platforms as you explore the real-time optimisation of new middleware. This facility forms the company’s regional base, meaning you will be part of a community that includes potential employers who use Avaya’s products, enabling you to start building your professional network while you study.

Course Benefits

You will have the opportunity to undertake a paid placement after your second year. This placement (subject to availability) will allow you to develop your practical skills, giving you hands-on experience to add to your CV.

That hands-on experience will also be at the heart of your learning. We have strong contacts with industry and our teaching team will use their research and industrial experience to ensure the course is current and reflective of the latest trends in computer science engineering.

Practical assessments such as demonstrations, group projects, reports and presentations will help you link the theory you are learning to industry practice, preparing you for life in the workplace. You will also be able showcase your projects and network with experts from industry at our annual showcase event.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSES:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
ACCESS TO HE DIPLOMA:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
SCOTTISH AWARDS:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

24 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

OUR COMMITMENT TO HELP EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED:

Leeds Beckett University is committed to ensuring that every student with the potential to succeed at our University is able to do so regardless of their background. For this reason we operate a contextual admissions policy, which means we take into account a range of additional factors when we assess a student’s application. Applicants who meet at least one of our contextual admissions criteria will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points than our published tariff (above).

Our contextual admissions criteria are:

  • Home postcode is in an area where few people go to University (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 area. This can be checked on the Office for Students website)
  • Declared disability on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)
  • Over the age of 21 on the 1st of September before the course starts
  • Declared as a care leaver on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part time applicants)
OUR PLACE AS AN ANCHOR INSTITUTION:

Leeds Beckett University is in the top 10 universities nationwide for being representative of our local community. To further strengthen our position as a key provider of education and training for West Yorkshire we apply an Anchor Institution Policy in our admissions process. Students who apply to us from any of the five Local Authority areas in West Yorkshire (BD, HD, HX, LS, WF) will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable.

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests.

Job Prospects

A range of computer science careers will be open to you upon graduation. Whether your passion lies in robotics and engineering, or retail and manufacturing, you will have the skills to take on a hands-on technical role or research position. You could also progress onto postgraduate level study with one of our masters courses, including MSc Data Science and MSc Information & Technology.

  • Software engineer
  • Cloud solutions developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Industrial controls designer

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Fees & funding

UK & EU

The tuition fee for the year for students is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International

The tuition fee for the year for students is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Facilities

Computing Laboratories

The technology on offer at our Headingley Campus will enable you to pursue your passion and achieve your career goals. You will find three networked labs with an imaging system to design and configure your own operating system, a lab for capturing games footage, and networking systems and forensic analysis software. We also have eight specialist labs running Windows and Mac OS X and labs running Oracle and Oracle Apex.

24/7 Library and learning spaces

Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

Headingley Campus

Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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