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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

Course starts
September

International course fees
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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, 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

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

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • digital laboratory work
  • project work

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).

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.

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.  

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-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

112-128 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:

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