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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. 

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
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

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

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G405
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 placement year fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

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

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of one A Level 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 Computing 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.

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:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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Computing Foundation Year route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Web Technologies 
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Cybersecurity Essentials

Year two

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

Year three

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

Options

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Management
  • Web Application Development
  • Languages
  • Internet of Things
  • Computer Systems
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Business Start-up

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

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 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.

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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