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BSc (Hons) Computing

Learn to control the technology that drives the modern world

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Do you have a passion for computing? Are you fascinated by modern technologies? This British Computer Society accredited degree programme focuses on the technical aspects of computing, placing a strong emphasis on programming skills. This will help you to attain the vital technical knowledge required to pursue a range of IT careers, as well as the transferable employability skills needed to secure your first role.

  • With a strong focus on programming (using Java and Python), the course includes a variety of software development, database, web development and networking units.
  • Students also look at web APIs, JSON, HTML5 and big data analytics.
  • Students learning is supported by the use of industry standard facilities. These include high-spec IT suites and a professional usability lab.
  • Computing at Southampton Solent is accredited by the British Computer Society. This means that the curriculum meets strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • Students are given the opportunity to study for Oracle and Cisco qualifications alongside their degree
  • This programme includes optional units in the second and third year, enabling students to develop specialisms and improve their career prospects.
  • Students work on a range of projects, producing a portfolio of completed work which they can refer back to throughout their career.
  • Students have the opportunity to showcase their final projects at an end of year degree show.
  • Small class sizes allow for free discussion and the debate of ideas. 

The industry

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

The programme

This hands-on degree programme encourages students to develop an extensive knowledge of computer programming. Students have the opportunity to develop these skills by designing, building and implementing computer systems, culminating in a major final-year software development project.

Learning is enabled by a range of industry standard equipment. Facilities include high-spec computer labs, device testing labs and a usability lab with eye tracking facilities. Students also write programs for robotic devices and drones.

Students are able to select optional units in the third and second year of study. These units include: human-computer interaction (HCI), applications of artificial intelligence, and network management. Selecting optional units allows computing students to tailor their degree to an area they would like to progress into after graduation.

Students are also supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, problem solving and analytical skills.

The experienced teaching team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. Students are encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements. Previous students have secured placements at GSK, Accenture and Clevertouch.

Students will have the chance to showcase their final year projects at an end of year degree show, industry representatives are invited to attend - and in previous years students have secured employment or work experience as a result. 

Next steps

Think a career in computing might be for you? With opportunities to develop advanced programming techniques alongside key transferable business and project management skills, Southampton Solent’s professionally accredited computing programme can help you to get your career off to a great start.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G403
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G407
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I100
  • 3 Years Standard entry G405

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G409
  • 4 Years Standard entry G406

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points



Year one


Core units

  • Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Information Technology Platforms
  • Introduction to Networks.

Year two


Core units

  • Graduate and Professional Development
  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Enterprise Database Development
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Mobile Application Development.


  • Network Implementation
  • Curriculum Plus (including languages or entrepreneurship).

Year three


Core units

  • Project (double unit)
  • Engineering Mobile Applications
  • Enterprise Data Modelling.


  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Network Management
  • Web Application Development
  • Curriculum Plus (including languages or entrepreneurship).

Teaching, learning and assessment

Most units are taught through small class-based sessions, usually in IT labs. You’ll prepare for classes and activities through individual directed learning.

This format allows for relaxed, informal teaching where staff and students can discuss and debate, encouraging more active engagement with the material and allowing for individual feedback.

In the last year of the course you’ll undertake your own individual project, supported by an assigned project tutor.

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

Recent placements have been with IBM, Accenture, Roland Berger, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Visa, NATS and GSK, as well as local authorities and many smaller companies.

Students undertaking the optional work placement variant of the course will find a suitable work placement between years two and three, with support from the course team.

Software development projects, online tests, time-constrained assignments, presentations, seminars and reports, plus an individual final-year project in a topic of your choice. There are few formal examinations.

Our facilities

We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces.

Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices such as robotic arms and drones, and can develop apps for android devices. You’ll have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of real mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers, giving you the chance to test your websites and apps on real equipment.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to study abroad on the Erasmus programme for part or all of the second year.

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If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study computing units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

University students from non-EU countries can also spend a semester or academic year studying at Solent University through 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.

Meet the Team

The course team has wide-ranging experience of business computing, computer systems, networking, web development and software engineering.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G403
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G407
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I100
  • 3 Years Standard entry G405

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G409
  • 4 Years Standard entry G406

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.

Course graduates possess a broad array of skills and specialisms, making them well suited for a diverse range of computing roles, from software development or IT support to web development and networking.

Suitable careers for graduates:

  • Software development
  • Web design
  • IT support.
  • Network management
  • Project management
  • Database management.

Links with industry

You have the option to spend your third year on an industrial placement, developing valuable hands-on experience and returning to complete your degree in the fourth year.

Previous placements have included large, well-known companies such as IBM, GSK, Peer 1 Hosting, Accenture and Clevertouch, as well as small boutique software development agencies.

Students are also encouraged to take part in industry competitions and events, such as the Microsoft Imagine Cup, while our Solent Creatives agency provides opportunities to undertake small software commissions with real clients.

Transferable skills

You’ll develop a range of broadly applicable IT skills such as programming, databases, networking, usability and web technologies, as well as building your communication, project management, teamwork and presentation skills through group and project work.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Ordix AG, Bottomline Technologies, FDM Group, Dev Net Mobile AG and Accenture.

Two business computing graduates talk about how their courses prepared them to work at Clevertouch


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

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

Course also available on a flexible learning basis, whereby students study between 40 and 100 CATS per year taking units from the available timetable.

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.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade D in a relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD 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 or the International Foundation Year.
  • Note: Students should have a strong interest in learning computer programming as this forms a large part of the course. Those more interested in using IT as a development tool should consider the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology or BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management courses
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
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 G403
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G407
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I100
  • 3 Years Standard entry G405

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G409
  • 4 Years Standard entry G406