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About the course

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Placement year Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Specialist facilities Further studies

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.

What does this course lead to?

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates include working for Ordix AG, Bottomline Technologies, FDM Group, Dev Net Mobile AG and Accenture. This programme includes optional units in the second and third year, enabling students to develop specialisms and improve their career prospects.

Who is this course for?

With an emphasis on programming skills, this technical course is well-suited to keen computer programmers who wish to gain an industry-accredited honours degree that will provide them with the necessary grounding to pursue a career in network or database management, software development or IT support.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G403
  • 3 Years Standard Entry G405
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) I100
  • 4 Years Computing Foundation Year II10

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Computing Foundation Year 100I
  • 4 Years Standard Entry G406
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

The 2018/19 placement year fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

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

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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 DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Computing 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
  • 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.


88%

of students say that the course provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Security
  • Client Side Scripting

Year two

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

Options

  • Network Implementation
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Project (double unit)
  • Engineering Mobile Applications
  • Data Science

Options

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Management
  • Web Application Development
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Internet of Things
  • Computer Systems

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

3%

Written exams

59%

Assessment by coursework

38%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Brian Dupée academic profile Brian Dupée 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

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.

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 also given the opportunity to study for Oracle and Cisco qualifications alongside their degree.

Your future

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.

85%

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

85%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.

Further study

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