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    1. 2017
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Computer Science

BSc (Hons) |
City, University of London’s BSc Computer Science course will give you a broad-based education in computing as a scientific and technological discipline.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

3 years or 4 years with a 1 year placement, or the Professional Pathway Scheme (combining the degree with 3 years of IT work experience)

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

G400

Who is it for?

This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a career with a comprehensive grounding in computing. A strong interest in software technologies is a requisite, together with a desire to understand how they work and are built. Applicants should be motivated to keep up-to-date in a field in which rapid and accelerating change is the rule rather than the exception.

Objectives

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science focuses on how software and programming work can be used to solve real-world problems.

You will gain an appreciation of the foundations of computation, acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages and develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems.

You will also acquire expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies, learn commercially valuable skills and work with internationally renowned research groups, learning about the latest developments in computer science.

In the final year of the course, you will develop an individual project, either through working with the technology industries, working with a research group or through the realisation of your own ideas.

Accreditation

British Computer Society logo

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting students from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to Chartered status.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • ‘A’ Level
    • Grades ABB (Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred) or 128 UCAS tariff points
    • Reduced offers may be available to some applicants.
  • IB
    • 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects.
  • BTEC
    • IT/Numerate Subjects only. IT(Software Development) preferred at D*DD.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 5 (C in English, B in Mathematics) or equivalents.

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experience teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Computer Science or the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

  • Access to Higher Education will be considered when combined with substantial work or other experience.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component
  • GCSE: English Language grade 4 (C).

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Accreditation
from the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)
88%
of students agreed staff were enthusiastic about what they are teaching
100%
of students who do a work placement are in full-time employment

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Coding Bootcamp

Your introduction to coding at City

City's first-year Computer Science students were introduced to coding during a two-week long coding marathon. The highlight was the presentation showcase, where students got to exhibit their achievements to academics and their fellow students. From complete amateurs to those with some experience, everyone was challenged to develop their own project by the end of the bootcamp!

Placements

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Professional Pathway Scheme - this innovative scheme is unique to City, University of London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study (gaining up to three years of professional experience alongside your degree).
  • Summer internships - these can be taken every summer on completion of the academic year

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies and acquire skills and knowledge that will form basis for your future career within IT.

From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-art NVidia GPUs, used for computer graphics, students will have access to all necessary tools required for their studies across all computer science disciplines.

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Teaching and learning

During the BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem-solving and play a major part in the course. Learning is also supported by City's online e-learning system.

Assessment

Assessment is by examination and coursework, although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone.

Assessment weightings by year

    0
  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

Year 1

A common first year syllabus with three other City courses offers flexibility, as you can make your final choice of degree at the end of the first year.

Core modules:

  • Computation and reasoning
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems architecture
  • Programming in Java
  • Business systems.

Year 2

In year two you will take a further six core modules and also undertake a project. Professional Pathway students take the core modules over a period of two years.

Core modules:

  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Programming in C++
  • Language processors
  • Networks and operating systems
  • Object-orientated analysis and design
  • Professional development in IT.

The course is available with or without a placement between year two and year three.

Year 3

In year three you will take core modules and a further three electives.

Core modules:

  • Theory of computation
  • Functional programming.

Elective modules:

  • Advanced programming: concurrency
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer graphics
  • Data mining
  • Electronic commerce
  • Games technology
  • Human computer interaction
  • IT security
  • Project management.

You will also undertake an individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest. Professional Pathway students take these core and elective modules over a period of two years.

  • Alumni - Consulting Analyst
    City gave me a strong technical background as well as an awareness of the job market and what employers are looking for.
  • Student
    Biwek's placement showed how the industry worked in the real world as well as how new technologies are used by experienced professionals.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.

Career prospects

Careers include programming and software development and research-based careers in the IT industry. Graduates also go on to study higher degrees such as PhDs.

,Professional accreditation

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting you from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to chartered status.

75.8% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Computer Science

UCAS code: G400


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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