For more information about Computing at University of Portsmouth, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Computing at University of Portsmouth

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 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.

What you'll experience:

  • 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

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.

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

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computing degree:

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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules you will study in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Database Principles
  • Development for Usability
  • Operating Systems and Internetworking
  • Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • 3D Computer Graphics and Animation
  • Big Data
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
  • Web Programming

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional 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.

Year 3

Core modules you will 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
  • Graphics and Computer Vision
  • Information Systems Mangement
  • Internet of Things
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Practical Data Analytics and Mining
  • Professional and Academic Research Development
  • Project Mangement
  • Security and Cryptography

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

Careers and opportunities

When you complete the course you can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

Location of University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in the United Kingdom

Join Our Newsletter

×

Sign up to StudyLink.com today for free and be the first to hear about any new study abroad opportunities

Subscribe Now