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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.

Placement year Additional qualification Study abroad Professional accreditation Specialist facilities 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, moneyexpert.com, 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 & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G408
  • 3 Years Standard Entry H603

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry H604
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 placement year fees are not yet available. For guidance the 2016/17 fees were:
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,545

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels at grade D or above in a relevant subject, 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.

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.


100%

of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Microprocessor Principles
  • Network Applications
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Electrical Principles and Systems
  • Introduction to Networks

Year Two

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

Year Three

Core units
  • Project
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks

Options

  • Wireless Systems
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Management
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Support

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

26%

Written Exams

57%

Assessment by coursework

17%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jomo Batola academic profile Jomo Batola Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Abdullah Wardak academic profile Abdullah Wardak 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.

Facilities

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.

92%

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

80%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

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.

Placements

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

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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