Computing BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: G401

Expand your horizons to the whole digital world from gaming, ecommerce and graphics to programming, networks and big data on a computing degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Department: Computer Science
Students chat while working in a computing laboratory in the Tech Hub.

Business, medicine, education and the arts – every field of human achievement has been revolutionised by the power of computers. You can be part of the next generation pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with our computing degree.

Explore the roots of the digital world and computer science then focus on what interests you most. You could choose modules like games engines, computer graphics and modelling or e-commerce for business.

Our £13million Tech Hub is the place to test your knowledge and skills in our networking and gaming laboratories. You can turn theory into practice in our virtual reality four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) or on the big data servers.

Your future matters to us. As well as developing specialist expertise, you’ll gain transferable skills in IT and project management that will open the doors to a wide range of careers.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT logo.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Professional Accreditation

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

Start your degree learning the problem-solving skills of a computer scientist. Find out how it all works as you look into the principles, design, structure and key components of digital networks. Study the key ideas, modelling, techniques and processes behind software development. You’ll also learn web design and development to complete the year.

Compulsory modules:

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Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks

Digital World: Information Systems and Design

Foundations of Computer Science

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2

Web Design and Development

AI, 3D graphics, e-commerce or programming – choose from an exciting range of modules in Year 2. Discover the big picture with Computer Networks or Systems Architecture. Focus on output in Games Engines, Graphics and Modelling, or Software Engineering. You can also learn to run the show in Project Management. Whichever you choose, you’ll underpin everything with core Database studies. Boost your job prospects and consider a year in industry before Year 3.

Compulsory modules:

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Databases

Employability

Four of:

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Computer Graphics and Modelling

Computer Networks

Computer Systems Architecture

E-Commerce for Business

Games Engines

Object-Oriented Programming

Project Management

Software Engineering

Language 1

Year 3 is all about you. Create a blend of modules tailored to your talents. Show us your creativity and originality in a research and development project. Then choose three modules that lean into your strengths. Examples include Big Data or Advanced Databases. Explore the Embedded Systems of smart technology or computer forensics. Consider coaching others or commit to pursuing IT Management. Every option opens doors for your future career or studies.

Compulsory modules:

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Research and Development Methods

Research and Development Project

Three of:

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Advanced Databases

Big Data

Coaching Learners

Embedded Systems

Forensic Computing

Internet Security

IT Management

Language 2

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including mobile computing, distributed systems, web information architecture, visualisation and applications of problem-based learning in computing and information systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

You will be funded at NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) Band 4 level for the twelve months of study. Further information about pay and benefits in the NHS is available on the NHS Health Careers website.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You can springboard from a computing degree into software development or networking engineering and apply for graduate entry schemes with big names like BAE Systems, AO, Barclays, JD Sports and the Walton Centre.

Many students choose to stay on to pursue a Masters and specialise further. Perhaps you’ll dedicate yourself to an academic career with a Masters of Research.

Some of our students discover a passion for teaching. It is easy to go into post-graduate teacher training from your degree, and we offer a number of PGCE courses at Edge Hill, including our PGCE Secondary Computer Science and IT with QTS course. We have graduates successfully working as primary and secondary school teachers.

BCS accredited

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

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