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About the course

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. 

The computer networks and web design programme at 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.

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, Solent’s professionally accredited computer networks and web design programme can help you develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students learn a unique blend of networking and web design skills. Computer networks and web design is taught by Cisco-qualified academics from a range of industry backgrounds.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who wish to gain a solid understanding of computer networking, as well as front- and back-end technologies, to be able to pursue a career in roles such as web designer or developer, network engineer or solutions architect across many industries.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry GG54
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

72 - 96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels at grade D, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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
  • 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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  the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Computing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Digital Creativity
  • Web Technologies 
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Problem Solving through Programming

Year two

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

Year three

Core units
  • Project
  • Web Design for Industry
  • Network Management


  • Web Application Development
  • Enterprise Computer Networks
  • Computer Law and Intellectual Property
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Internet of Things
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Creative Business Start-up
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures


Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Course Leader View profile
Jomo Batola academic profile Jomo Batola Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Computer networking students at 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.

You’ll use Alienware computers, the 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.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). This means that the curriculum meets strict standards set by the industry itself. 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.

Your future

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.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those are in a professional or managerial job
  • Staff were highly approachable; their in-depth knowledge gave me the superb end results and confidence to face the real world of work.

    Surjan Pal Singh, Graduate

Industry links

Industry speakers contribute to live briefs and visit on a regular basis, giving you valuable insight into the industry. The course is taught is taught by Cisco-qualified academics from a range of industry backgrounds.

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.


The work placement variant of the course provides students with a chance to gain valuable real-world experience, often in a paid role between the second and third year of study.

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.

Further study

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