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Computer Science [with Foundation Year]

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Computer science

Study in the heart of ‘Silicon Fen’, home to firms like ARM, Sony and Microsoft. Explore the key theories and technologies of
computing. Develop skills in designing and building systems to the latest specifications. Gain the skills employers are looking
for, and choose from a range of exciting career options.

Your course has a new home in Compass House, which extends our campus along East Road. With the latest technology at your
fingertips, you'll be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.
Computer scientists don’t use computers like most of us do. Instead, they use them as tools to address important scientific
questions, and to solve real world-problems. Computing can be amazingly diverse, including computer design, graphics,
artificial intelligence, gaming, software engineering, programming and applications development.
Our course has been designed to offer you a wide choice of career options when you graduate. As you study, you can choose to
focus on the core elements of computer science, or to specialise in areas such as software development, mobile applications,
computer security, cloud computing, network administration and technical support.

You’ll benefit from being based in Cambridge, home to the largest cluster of technology firms in Europe. Recently named the
'Best UK city to work in' you'll have lots of opportunities to gain relevant work experience locally and after graduation can expect
an average salary of £35,000 (Glassdoor 2016). You'll also benefit from talks with industry experts (Citrix, ARM, Atom, Jagex,
Sony, Compare the Market, Microsoft Research, etc.) who are regularly invited to give guest lectures and seminars.

You’ll spend lots of time in our computing labs, including a Cisco lab with hands-on routing and switching equipment and our
virtual Netlab, offering 24/7 remote access to our Cisco equipment. You’ll have access to Microsoft Imagine Premium’s
professional developer and designer tools, VMware IT Academy’s virtualisation software and tools, plus mobile devices for
testing and developing mobile applications.

It’s not just about technical skills, though. You’ll learn to work effectively as a team member and become an independent thinker
and a creative problem-solver who's aware of the social, moral and ethical issues relating to the impact of computers on our
lives. You’ll also be given the opportunity to participate in computing related social and educational activities with your peers.

Students have previously taken a day trip to Bletchley Park as part of their course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Computing and Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

51%
UK students
49%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Information technology technicians
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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