The computer science employability strategy is to encourage all of our students to get involved with as many extracurricular activities as they can. Every activity enables students to grow as individuals and provides them with invaluable experiences and discussion points when embarking on their perfect career.
A range of training is offered to all of our students, specialist training is offered to relevant pathways:
SAS programming (analytics, business intelligence and data management)
This course offers a detailed introduction into Statistical Analysis System (SAS). SAS is a software suite for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. The course consists of slide presentations, quizzes and practical exercises of software modification and development using the SAS Enterprise Guide programming environment. The learning material is closely related to the material of course SAS Programming 1: Essentials offered by SAS. The course is approximately 15 hours long and is delivered over the course of three days. At the end of the third day, the participants fill in a multiple-choice exam. Participants that complete the course successfully are awarded a certificate shared between SAS and Edge Hill University.
Unity Certification (games development)
Unity Certified Programmer helps entry to mid-level programmers across all industries validate their abilities and demonstrate their commitment to professional standards. The Unity Certified Developer Exam was designed to provide a credential that validates foundational skills for making a game with Unity, spanning key concepts in both technical art and programming. It offers Unity developers at all levels an opportunity to challenge themselves and to test their understanding of the end-to-end game production process. The results are given immediately upon completion of the exam and shown by topic area, so areas of strength are identified as well as areas where an improvement may be needed. By providing a challenging, meaningful indicator of Unity knowledge and skill, we also hope to provide aspiring game developers with a credential that will help them communicate their skills to employers and successfully transition into a professional career in games industry.
Becoming Unity Certified demonstrates to employers that you have the technical skills and applied knowledge they need. The Unity Developer certification can help your résumé stand out in the graduate market. Once you’re certified, you’ll receive a verifiable digital badge from Acclaim: an online credential that you can share with the world. Certification is valid for two years.
Microsoft Certified Fundamentals (MCF)
Microsoft Certified Fundamentals (MCF) certification programme ensures all learners are equipped with the cloud skills to land in-demand roles in today’s job market. The Microsoft Certified Fundamentals (MCF) certification is an entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge among students and jobseekers who are pursuing a career in technology. We offer a range of MCF certificates including:
- Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)
- Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (MS-900)
- Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900)
- Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals (DP-900)
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals CRM (MB-910)
- Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (SC-900)
Work experience allows students to build, develop and apply skills acquired through their degree. Evidence shows that undertaking a sandwich placement can lead to students improving their academic skills, obtaining a high classification of degree and improving prospects on graduation.
During your degree, you will develop both intellectually and personally, gain confidence and acquire the skills that employers are looking for. In addition, we encourage all students to actively gain work experience whilst studying. You can gain valuable assets to your CV by undertaking:
- 12-month industrial placement (in Year 3)
- Easter/summer placements
- voluntary work experience
We have strong links with industry and advertise a variety of placement opportunities with a range of prestigious companies around the world. Students have secured opportunities to undertake placements with:
- Network Rail
- General Electric
- The Walton Centre
In addition, all students of the Computer Science Department have access to our award-winning Careers Centre. From the moment you start your degree, you have access to a highly dedicated and passionate team who can provide friendly, impartial and confidential guidance.
We offer teaching and research opportunities for both incoming and outgoing students through our international links and in collaboration with our international department. We encourage students to study or work abroad to enhance their CVs and employability prospects. The main way in which study abroad facilitate students to fulfil their ambitions is through ERASMUS+ or through other bespoke arrangements with our partners:
- AMET (Academy of Maritime Education and Training)
- ETH Zurich
- University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland
The ERASMUS+ programme is the European funding programme established in 1987 offering university students a possibility of studying or doing an internship abroad for a period of at least two months and maximum 12 months per cycle of studies. ERASMUS+ now offers the possibility to go way beyond the European borders as well. We have close links with:
- Ayudin University, Turkey
- University of Salerno, Italy
- Institute of Technology Warsaw, Poland
- Saxion UAS, Netherlands
- Oldenburg University, Germany
- Technical University of Crete, Greece
We are proud of the success our graduates go on to achieve, and many of our hard-working alumni return to the department to take part in careers and round-table events.Read this feature