Computing Science BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry
Computing science is the study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering used in the design and use of computers. The rise in digital technology has increased the demand for highly skilled professionals with a thorough understanding of key computing technologies, combined with the practical skills to solve software issues.
Our Computing Science BSc (Hons) degree is designed to introduce you to work in this exciting and constantly changing field. Throughout the programme, we teach the academic, professional and personal skills required to develop within this evolving industry.
Why CU Scarborough
We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and most of our courses cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.
EmployabilityDedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment
Top Quality CoursesTaught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University
No End of Year ExamsOur modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress
Professional RecognitionSpecific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies
Accreditation & Professional Recognition
This course is recognised by the following bodies:
The British Computer Society (BCS) – The Chartered Institute for IT
Students who undertake this course are awarded membership with the British Computer Society (BCS) for the duration of the programme and one year after graduating for free. All students for this course will be able to sign up for their 4 year BCS membership for the latest job tools, learning resources and industry connections to kick-start their IT career.
This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore Computing Science from both an academic and a practical perspective. You will draw upon and develop a detailed knowledge of subject-related theory, technology, development methods and a range of professional and intellectual skills.
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The first year introduces you to the core fundamentals that underpin computing science. You will explore the importance of IT security, and the risks posed to computer systems globally. In addition, you will develop your professional problem-solving skills, as you understand the basic principles of programming. Most of the modules in this year contain a practical element, so that you receive the best combination of theoretical and hands-on learning.
All modules are mandatory
This introductory module aims to provide knowledge of key networking and computer architectures. Focusing on the origins, structure and fundamental components of a computer network, you will gain foundational knowledge of relevant technologies including wireless, wired and optical computer networking. This includes access controllers, hubs, transceivers and more.
In this module you will learn basic operating system concepts including processes, memory management, drivers and file systems, while examining security risks and security management strategies. You will also examine favoured operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
This module will cover the issues of IT security and risk. You will critically analyse risks a computer may face, from viruses to computer hacking. Exploring the pros and cons of ethical hackers, website hacking and internet security, you’ll gain specialist knowledge of legal, social, ethical and professional issues associated with cyber security.
Basic problem solving and algorithm design techniques will be studied in this module, alongside programming and programming language concepts. You will learn the syntax and semantics of a high-level programming language (e.g. Python) and the basic principles of developing well engineered software and the supporting tools and techniques.
At this stage you will be confident with key computing functions, as you will explore hardware and software networking and popular operating systems at an advanced level. In the final year, you will enhance your critical understanding of Information Technology as an enabler for organisations and the complex and fast-changing trends in a business context. You will gain technical skills in relation to big data and service management. Students who successfully complete the final year are awarded a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science.
You will work with databases and datasets of varying sizes and levels of complexity in this module, from small scale use to enterprise-scalable implementations. You will use technical skills to understand the big data ecosystem and carry out a range of data analytics tasks on large volume datasets.
The underlying principles, technologies and architecture of wireless sensor networks will be examined in this module along with current practical applications and future trends. You will critically evaluate the security, privacy and trust implications of IoT technology and explore the approaches and mechanisms that mitigate security risks.
We'll look at a range of contemporary and emerging technologies, applications and professional issues in computing. Throughout the module, you will engage with research and advanced practice literature with the aim of extending and broadening your subject knowledge. There’s a focus on professional, ethical, business and societal issues, through an international lens.
You have the opportunity to focus on an area of interest within the field of Computing Science, which may be aligned to your future career interests. Throughout the project, you will need to demonstrate research, problem solving, design and development skills, through a practical implementation, investigation (possibly including the gathering and analysis of secondary evidence) and evaluation.
Coventry has been ranked top 15 in the UK for 5 years running in the The Guardian University Guide 2016-2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.
In more detail...
We’ve spent £14 million on a brand new campus building. It’s a purpose-built, state of-the-art development that is one of the most modern facilities in the UK. It includes a library, IT suites, mock law court, engineering and science labs, cafe and lots of individual and group study spaces. Next to us is Scarborough’s new leisure village. The complex includes an Olympic legacy swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, all weather pitches and the new Scarborough Athletic football ground.
This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.
- Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
- You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, Coventry and London.
- Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
- We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
- In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
Your main study themes are:
- Independent and autonomous working: You will gain the ability to critically appraise an computing scenario, with a view to apply modern methods efficiently neutralise a threat.
- Industry Adaptation: Factors that influence the technological industry, policies and processes which includes technology development, legislation and environmental factors.
- Project Management: You will be effective and efficient in project management, time management and organisation. You will be introduced to a number of applications and processes to facilitate the successful development of management skills.
- Research Methods: Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in security, data collection, analysis and design.
Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.
Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.
On completion, you will be able to:
- Use an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to computing science.
- Develop practical skills to solve complex workshop based problems.
- Appraise a problem and debate alternative, sustainable solutions.
- Key practical and transferable skills to enhance their long-term employability or to progress to specialist, postgraduate study.
Students can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week. The majority of this will be face-to-face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning.
Classes usually run Monday to Friday at a fixed time each day, either in the morning (9am-1pm) or afternoon (1.30pm-5.30pm).
As an innovative and enterprising institution, we may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), we may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.
Computing Science Higher National Certificate (HNC)
64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at 9-4/A-C including Maths and English.
What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.
Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Year course will guarantee you progression onto this course.
Access to HE Course
Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.
Computing Science Higher National Certificate (HNC)
64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at 9-4/A-C including Maths and English.
CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.
Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:
- Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3)
- All academic transcripts
- Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
- One academic reference
- Your personal statement
- Copy of your current passport
CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.
We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).
An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.
No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
CU Group Undergraduate Scholarship
We're offering a £5,000 reduction in tuition fees to international students who study for one of our degrees. Open to undergraduate offer holders who enrol in one of the intakes between January 2022 – July 2022 at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough. Terms and conditions apply.
Fees & Funding
We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services.
Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.
Globally recognised, the technology industry boasts a number of compelling benefits. Students who successfully complete the Computing Science HNC will be eligible for progression on to the Cyber Security BSc (Hons).
This varied industry means you can expand into a number of specialist areas. Possible career paths include Mobile and Software Application Development, Video Game Design, Database Administration, Web Development, Network and Computer Systems Administration and IT Security.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.