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BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Web Design

Discover the technology behind the web, and learn to design great websites

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Are you looking to study at the point where networking technologies meet web design? The internet plays a major part in the success or failure of modern business, and there is an increasing need for graduates with a broad range of networking and web design skills.

This hands-on degree, accredited by the British Computer Society, can help you to build an in-depth understanding of both front and back-end technologies and prepare you for a challenging career in the information technology industry. 

  • Students learn a unique blend of networking and web design skills.
  • This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). This means that the curriculum meets strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • Solent’s Cisco networking laboratories include regularly updated systems and hardware.
  • Students may work with Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative design agency, to build a web design portfolio.
  • Computer networks and web design is taught by Cisco-qualified academics from a range of industry backgrounds.
  • The curriculum covers the principal requirements for popular commercial network certification schemes, including Cisco and Microsoft. Students are encouraged to study these certification schemes alongside their degree.
  • Past students have attended regular BCS meetings - perfect for meeting contacts and gaining valuable continued professional development (CPD) points.
  • The work placement variant of this course offers students the opportunity to undertake work experience between the second and third year of study.
  • BSC (Hons) Computer Networks and Web Design includes optional units in the third year, helping students to develop specialisms and improve their career prospects.

The industry

With the internet and computer networking playing such an important role in modern business, this course’s focus on web design and network infrastructure supplies students with a range of in-demand skills. Employment of IT professionals is expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), which means that demand for well-qualified information technology graduates should be set to remain strong. 

The programme

The computer networks and web design programme at Southampton Solent offers learners the opportunity to gain practical networking and web design skills. This broad learning base helps graduates go on to a range of careers in the information technology industry including web design, network development and solutions architecture.

Employability is a key focus of this course – past students have had the chance to work on live briefs as part of their regular studies. Students are also encouraged to study for Cisco and Microsoft certification alongside their degree, giving them an edge over uncertified graduates.

Computer networking students at Southampton Solent have the opportunity to use industry standard facilities throughout their studies. Our EC Council certified security and networking labs feature a wide variety of equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems like the market-leading Opnet. Students also have free access to our devices lab, where they can test their web design projects on a variety of different computing devices.

The experienced course team are CISCO qualified and maintain a strong network of industry contacts. They draw on their time in the industry to inform their teaching, which helps to keep the course content in line with the latest changes in this fast moving industry.

Students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, problem solving and analytical skills that empower students to work in a range of professional industries after graduation.

Next steps

Think a career in computer networking might be for you? With plenty of opportunities to build a web design portfolio and use industry standard networking facilities, Southampton Solent’s professionally accredited computer networks and web design programme can help you develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G4QH
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GGM4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I122
  • 3 Years Standard entry GG54

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year GG56
  • 4 Years Standard entry GG57

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
200 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
80 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Digital Creativity
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Introduction to Professional Practice.

Year two:


Core units

  • Network Implementation
  • Website Design
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Graduate Development.

Year three:


Core units

  • Project
  • Web Design for Industry
  • Network Management.


  • Web Application Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Law and Intellectual Property
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Much of your time in the first year is spent working in small groups in our dedicated workspaces. Whenever possible, classes involve practical activities designed to bring the core subject matter to life and link theory to practice.

The second year continues with a mixture of sessions covering new techniques and extending basic knowledge from year one.

Year three continues to develop your skills and advance your technical knowledge with a major project unit. The project gives you the opportunity to concentrate on a particular area of interest, producing a significant piece of work that will showcase your abilities to prospective employers.

Work experience
The work placement variant of the course provides students with a chance to gain valuable real-world experience, often in a paid role.

Placement students will have extensive support in finding a suitable position between years two and three, as well as guidance on carrying out their placement.

We also encourage and support students to gain industry experience during holiday periods, as well as to develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry.

Group and individual coursework, theoretical and practical assignments, project work and some formal examinations.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to modern computer labs set up for various programming languages and using the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3. We also have specialist networking labs with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, plus high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

You’ll use Alienware computers, CISCO Packet Tracer, and test your web applications in our new device laboratory. This is a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

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If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study computer networks and web design units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Many units also feature interactive online activities such as videos, games and quizzes, supporting a variety of learning styles and reinforcing the learning from formal teaching sessions.


Meet the Team

The course team has wide-ranging experience of web design and development, computer networking, communications engineering and software development.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G4QH
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GGM4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I122
  • 3 Years Standard entry GG54

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year GG56
  • 4 Years Standard entry GG57

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course delivers in-depth knowledge of the development and implementation of computer networks and web-based systems. Graduate employment opportunities are substantial and varied, reflecting the use of networked computer systems across virtually all aspects of life and work.

Suitable roles for graduates:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Network support analyst
  • Network manager
  • Planning information analyst
  • Solutions architect
  • Network engineer
  • Infrastructure consultant
  • IT support engineer.

Links with industry

Industry speakers contribute to live briefs and visit on a regular basis, giving you valuable insight into the industry.

You’ll also receive regular visits from the British Computer Society (BCS) and Solent graduates, discussing topics such as pitching, CV development, client liaison and new technologies.

Transferable skills

The 'Introduction to Professional Practice' and 'Graduate Development' units focus specifically on building transferable skills.

Throughout the course your group work and placements will foster strong teamwork, project management and communication skills. Solving practical computing problems and completing your final project will develop your analytical, evaluation and problem-solving abilities.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles at organisations including New South Wales Police Force, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Southampton City College, Qinetiq, The Optimisers and Korn/Ferry International.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Accreditations: This course is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

200 points (for 2016 entry) or 80 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels at grade D or above in a relevant subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G4QH
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GGM4
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I122
  • 3 Years Standard entry GG54

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year GG56
  • 4 Years Standard entry GG57


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