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About the course

Do you want to learn how to create and maintain in-house computer systems? This practical degree programme, accredited by the British Computer Society, will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of the major components and principles underpinning computer network technologies.

Students studying computer systems and networks 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 projects on a variety of different computing devices.

Students are able to select optional units in the third year of study. These units include communication signal processing and network management. Selecting optional units allows computing students to tailor their degree to an area they would like to progress into after graduation.

Employability is deeply embedded in this course, and students have the opportunity to study for the Cisco and Microsoft certification schemes alongside their regular studies. Employability skills are also taught throughout the programme, and students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills that include project management, problem solving and analytics.

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
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
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
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

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.

What does this course lead to?

Recent course graduates have gone on to roles in network infrastructure and system support companies, education and training for companies including Medilogic UK, Ordnance Survey, Toolkit Websites,, VeriFone, TalkTalk, Rackspace, Vodafone and Peer 1 Hosting.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those with a keen interest in computing who wish to pursue a career in computer network technologies.

The course covers areas such as network applications and computer architecture, suitable for roles including network or systems engineer, network designer or product support engineer.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry H603
  • 4 Years Computing Foundation Year HI62

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry H604
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
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-levels at grade D or above, 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 is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.  
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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.

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 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.

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
  • Routing and Switching
  • Network Applications
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Problem Solving through Programming

Year two

Core units
  • Network Implementation
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Communications Technology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Network Systems
  • Graduate and Professional Development

Year three

Core units
  • Project
  • Computer Systems
  • Enterprise Computer Networks


  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Management
  • 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

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
Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid 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.


Dedicated electronics and specialist networking labs provide opportunities to work with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems including the market-leading Opnet.

You’ll also have access to our devices lab. 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, giving you the chance to test your websites and apps on real equipment.

Computer systems and networks are taught by Cisco-qualified academics with a range of industry experience. Solent’s well-equipped Cisco networking laboratories include regularly updated systems and hardware.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Network designer
  • Network engineer
  • Network support officer
  • Systems administrator
  • Project coordinator
  • Incident manager
  • Support specialist
  • ITOC systems analyst
  • Product support engineer
  • Systems engineer.

Industry links

Industry speakers contribute to live briefs and visit on a regular basis, giving you valuable insight into the sector. This has included Peer 1, Transactor and Clevertouch, as well as the British Computer Society (BCS). 

Members of the course team hold extensive industry experience and maintain a strong professional network. This enables them to offer students support as they look for work experience placements and graduate employment.


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 industrial experience during vacations, or to develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry.

Further study

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