Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions) (BSc)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions) at University of Leeds

This four-year degree apprenticeship with PwC will give you a head start in your chosen profession. You will experience university life alongside work experience and skills training.

This degree programme will provide you with the core technical and problem-solving skills required to succeed in industry. You will develop core skills in information systems, data, cyber security, business organisation, systems development, computer and network infrastructure, IT project management and technical knowledge informed by the School's research.

You'll be taught by experts in world-class facilities and undertake project work in every year, to build the range of skills you'll need throughout your professional career.

During this programme, you will undertake two summer placements (after the end of Year 1 and Year 2) and a full-year placement in Year 3. All of these placements will be hosted by PwC.

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to specialist facilities including a new testbed for cloud computing and dedicated labs with high-spec, dual-display Linux workstations, iPad, Mac and Android development areas. For final-year project work you'll also be able to make the most of our research facilities, such as a 53-megapixel powerwall display and dedicated 3D virtual reality suite.

  • Course content

    You'll start with the fundamentals of programming and the underlying mathematical principles of computer science, before developing skills in software engineering and algorithm design and exploring challenges in cloud and mobile computing and robotics and graphics that will shape the future.

    You'll learn to work with state of the art technologies and select optional modules in topics that suit your interests and career pathway, from cloud computing and machine learning to topics in enterprise and innovation.

    Year 2 allows you to deepen and broaden your knowledge of computer science, with core modules introducing you to topics such as artificial intelligence and developing your understanding of algorithms and operating systems. You'll also select optional modules to focus on topics that suit your interests or career pathway, such as data mining, systems development and business organisation.

    Module pathways in Year 3 have been developed with PwC to strengthen the alignment of graduates with their technical teams. The pathways include data analytics/data assurance, cyber security, technology consulting - enterprise applications and forensic technology solutions. This alignment will take place at the end of Year 2 and will inform the Year 3 placement and final year module choices.

    In your final year, you will study options and undertake a project that will be aligned with your specialisation and fit with the PwC technical teams. You will undertake the project over two semesters in the final year, with guidance from an academic member of staff from Leeds and an adviser from PwC. You will present the outcomes of your project to academic staff in School of Computing and PwC.

    During your placements you will be productively employed and play both an active and valued part on project teams and will make meaningful contribution to fee earning client projects. You will be equipped with the opportunity to apply learning from off the job training in a challenging but fully supported environment. PwC has a client base ranging from local to multinational and global companies being serviced from Belfast, across all sectors and industries.

    You will be fully supported when on placement with PwC, you will have a dedicated people manager, buddies, mentors and a dedicated development team.

    Alongside developing your technical skills through your placements with PwC you will develop a combination of interpersonal skills (eg rapport building, behavioural styles, working in a team and networking) and consulting skills, (eg models of consulting, distinctive business advisor, change management and analytical skills) embedding the PwC Experience.

    Projects

    Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

    Find out more about our Projects

    Ethics

    You'll study computing ethics as part of your course. This is taught using real life case studies, with input from specialist ethicists as well as your tutors and lecturers. The team responsible for the ethics taught in computing has produced educational material used to stimulate debate in class about topics such as ethical hacking, open source software, and use of personal data.

    Not only will this enhance your reasoning and decision making skills which are crucial to employers, but it will help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you will encounter in your professional life in the IT industry.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA including Mathematics or Computing. Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics is required if no Mathematics A-level is taken.

      Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

      Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

      GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

      • Career opportunities

        Graduates from the School of Computing have excellent job prospects. With the continuing application of computer technologies, rapid growth of hardware and software technologies, their allied industries, and widespread application, the demand for our graduates is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

        Our graduates find employment in the IT industry, ranging from start-ups to international organisations, and across a range of other sectors including technology, retail, finance, public authorities and consultancies. We have close links with companies such as PwC, IBM, Accenture and Hewlett Packard, and employers ranging from small/medium enterprises to large multi-nationals consistently target our graduates.

        90% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. Many have launched careers as software developers and engineers, mobile solution engineers, technology consulting analysts, production project managers and business system analysts at organisations like Amazon, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Gazprom, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, IG, Microsoft, PwC, Saudi Aramco, Toshiba Research Europe and Transport for London.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        During this programme, you will undertake two summer placements (after the end of Year 1 and Year 2) and a full-year placement in Year 3. All of these placements will be hosted by PwC.

        On your work placements you'll get to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, and the work itself can often be front page news. You'll work hand-in-hand with PwC clients, across their full digital ecosystem, and gain experience that you won't find elsewhere. You'll work with several PwC technology teams, gaining experience that will set you apart from your peers.

        The study abroad option isn't available on this programme.

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    • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

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