Computing BSc (Hons)

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 2019
Accredited
Yes

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 course, 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 design and development.

What you'll experience

On this degree 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 high-performance computer labs, 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
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 £9000 bursary in your final year and get Qualified Teacher Status with your BSc Computing degree.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can 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.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Many students go on to work for their placement employer.

Previous students have completed work placements at big name companies, such as

  • IBM
  • BAE
  • Lilly
  • Kelway
  • Jagex

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

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

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course you can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). You could go on to secure a great job or graduate training placement in almost every area of computing, such as:

  • computer networking
  • database design
  • web development
  • computer programming
  • teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

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.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. This allows you to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) when you complete the course.

The accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the computing industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

​What you'll study

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

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units you will study in this year include:

  • Comp Tutorial Level 4
  • Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Database Design and Development
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Web Foundations 1

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units you will study in this year include:

  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Comp Tutorial Level 5
  • Computer Operating Systems and Intermediate Networking
  • Database Principles
  • Getting Usability into Development Environments
  • Introduction to Software Engineering

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • 3D Computer Graphics and Animation
  • Advanced Programming Concepts
  • Web-Script Programming
  • Information systems and Project Management

Core units you will study in this year include:

  • Advanced Networks
  • Comp Tutorial Level 6
  • Final Year Engineering Project
  • Human Computer Interaction Design

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Data Warehousing and Mining
  • Distributed Systems and Parallel Programming
  • Fuzzy Logic – Theory and Applications
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Alorgithms

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning 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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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 an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

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 units 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

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.