computing screen with code
UCAS Code
GG46
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Ever wondered how the clever technology that we rely on gets created? Whether it's mobile apps, wearable devices, or networks that keep everything connected, someone has to create them – could you make your mark on this fast-moving industry?

On this BSc (Hons) Computing degree, you’ll learn how to turn your interest in computing into a career in this field. You’ll develop skills you'll use as a computing professional in areas such as software engineering, systems analysis, and systems design and development.

Interested in becoming a Computer Science teacher? You can combine your computing studies with teacher training and school teaching placements. If successful, you’ll get a £9,000 bursary in your final year and have Qualified Teacher Status alongside your BSc Computing degree.

Accreditation

This course is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) after the 2020 assessment visit was delayed due to Covid-19.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25–26

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Develop your skills across every area of computing, such as software engineering, databases, web development, user interface design and network management
  • Tailor your degree to focus on the areas that match your career ambitions and interests
  • Get your hands on the latest tech, such as our mobile app develop lab, and usability labs that include the latest eye-tracking technology
  • Cover topics that'll set you apart from the crowd in the workplace, building your knowledge in specific areas of the industry such as cyber-security
  • Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days where you'll collaborate on projects with other students and solve challenging problems
  • Apply your skills to real issues as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities and organisations
  • Have the opportunity to get a £9,000 bursary to train and graduate as a qualified teacher

Careers and opportunities

You could go on to secure a great job or graduate training placement in almost every area of computing.

What jobs you can do with a Computing degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • Cognitive Global Market Developer
  • Digital Product Manager
  • Field Application Engineer
  • Graduate Cyber Security Consultant
  • Graduate Software Engineer
  • IT Business Analyst
  • IT Business Consultant
  • IT Support Technician
  • Junior Software Tester
  • Network Performance Developer
  • Production Operative
  • Production Systems Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Sports Gambling Data Analyst
  • Technical Consultant 
  • Test Analyst

They've gone on to work for companies that include:

You could also study at MSc or PhD level, specialising in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or course that matches your aspirations and puts your new computing skills to work. You'll get help and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Interested in becoming a computing teacher? You can combine your computing studies with teacher training and school teaching placements. If successful, you’ll get a £9,000 bursary in your final year and get Qualified Teacher Status with your BSc Computing degree.

Teacher training pathway with £9,000 bursary

Traditionally, if you wanted to qualify as a teacher of computing you’d have to complete a Bachelor’s degree and then progress onto a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) pathway saves you the extra year of study, plus you get a £9,000 bursary. You’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), meaning you can start work teaching right away in most schools in England and Wales. 

The ITT option is available for any Computer Science or Computing student. You have to take the level 5 Computing ambassador module as a stepping stone to the ITT in your final year.

Timetabling for this additional qualification is bolted onto your second and third years of study (in 3 phases). You’ll work on placement in a school every weekday from June to mid-July at the end of your second year. Then you’ll do 2 days a week in school in your third year. Finally, you’ll do every day in a school from June to mid-July at the end of your third year. 

Your £9,000 bursary will be paid in 9 x £1,000 instalments from the September of your third year of study, after you register on the ITT pathway.  

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

If you combine your degree with teacher training, you'll do teaching placements as part of your course.

Placements

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

In previous years, our BSc (Hons) Computing students have secured roles with placement providers that include:

  • Technical Placement Developer, Clevertouch
  • Placement Software Developer, Fresh Relevance
  • Junior Operations Analyst, Park Now
  • IT and AV Technician, Sandhurst School
  • Developer, Radweb
  • Junior Applications Support Analyst, Tikit

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules you'll study in this year include:

  • Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Core Computing Concepts
  • Database Systems Development
  • Networks
  • Programming

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules you'll study in this year include:

  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Database Principles
  • Operating Systems and Internetworking
  • Software Engineering Theory and Practice
  • User Experience Design

Options to choose from in this currently year include:

  • 3D Computer Graphics and Animation
  • Big Data
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Modern Foreign Languge (Institution-wide Language Programme)
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
  • Web Programming

On this course, you can do an optional study abroad or work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules you'll study in this year include:

  • Advanced Networks
  • Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Interaction Design

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Computer Science Teaching Placement
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Educational Computing
  • Engineering Science
  • Fuzzy Systems and Networks
  • Graphics and Computer Vision
  • Hacking 4 MoD
  • Information Systems Management
  • Internet of Things
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Practical Data Analytics and Mining
  • Professional and Academic Research Development
  • Project Mangement
  • Security and Cryptography

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • digital laboratory work
  • project work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays and portfolio work
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • blogs

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 35% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International (non-EU) students – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – GG46
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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