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Anglia Ruskin University

Computer Science (with Placement year)

UCAS Code: G401

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer science

Your future career starts here. Learn to design and build computer systems on this Cambridge-based course, gain in-demand skills in our virtual NetLab and take up placement opportunities with world-leading local high-tech companies. Accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, this three year degree course leads to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status. Choose specific modules and apply for Cisco Certified Network Associate status after you graduate.

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 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.

Our course has been developed in partnership with professional bodies, the Cambridge Network, and national and international employers. By choosing particular modules, you can apply for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) status after you graduate.

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

This degree has been accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as well as the IET, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, both under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Computer Systems
Fundamentals of Design
Introduction to Programming
Core Mathematics for Computing
Operating Systems
Year two, core modules
Computing Research Methodologies
Database Design and Implementation
Digital Security
Interaction and Usability
Network Routing
Software Engineering
Year two, optional modules
Digital Data Storage and Transmission
Network Services Engineering
Object Oriented C++
Year three, core modules
Data Structures and Algorithms
Final Project
Image Processing
Professional Issues: Computing and Society

Work placement

Year three, optional modules
Artificial Intelligence
Distributed-Systems Programming
Computer Graphics Programming
Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
Internet Services, Data Analytics and the Cloud
Mobile Technology
Digital & Network Security Forensics
Advanced Network Solutions

Assessment methods

Throughout the course we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, these will include group work, presentations, case studies, laboratory tests and projects.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern 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

TEF rating:
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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.

67%
low
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

74%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

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.

Computer science

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

£28k

£28k

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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