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Computing (Professional Placement Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

Must show a genuine interest in computing and its application in both creative and commercial contexts.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30,P:30

Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

International Baccalaureate – minimum of 27 points are accepted.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

BTEC – Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Applied computing

**Realise your ideas – from design, to development, to deployment – with our Computing degree.**

- Create reliable, usable and enjoyable computing products that prioritise the end user.

- Craft a compelling, diverse portfolio that grabs the attention of the tech sector.

- Enter a responsive, employability-driven course that teaches the tools and methods used in industry.

Computing at Bath Spa responds to a continuing need in industry for adaptable, capable individuals with well-developed technical knowledge and problem solving skills. Our aim is that when you graduate, you'll be up-to-date, innovative, and ready to contribute to the digital economy – whether in the UK or worldwide.

BSc (Hons) Computing adopts a practical approach, with a particular interest in creating computing products that people will want to use. You’ll learn by making – right from the start of the course – and balance your focus between design (visual, interaction), technical implementation and communication, to round off your skill set.

A key driver of the course is industry-insight and employability. We work closely with tech companies in the South West to keep content current, while offering valuable opportunities to work on live briefs and showcase your talents to the right people. Our in-house Innovation Lab emphasises the commercialisation of your ideas. Here, we support you in shaping products for the marketplace and refining those all-important collaboration skills.

**About the Profession Placement Year**

This placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment. Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team. On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Modules

Year one
Grasp the fundamentals. You'll start by learning core programming skills in languages such as C++/C#, HTML5 and JavaScript, while developing knowledge around discrete mathematics and how computer systems work. Modules on experience design and the computing industry provide an all-important primer in digital design, and help you position your learning within wider professional contexts.

Year two
Dive deeper. You'll extend your understanding of programming to object-oriented techniques, and learn methods of organising and manipulating data. Content on human-computer interaction takes a close look at how people use digital systems, while optional modules in responsive web design and data visualisation expose methods of presenting information effectively on a range of media platforms.

Year three - Professional Placement Year. Final Year -
Showcase your talent. You'll leverage your computing and design skills to develop two extended computing projects – one made individually, and one co-created within our in-house Innovation Lab. These major projects are complemented with specialist modules in machine learning or physical computing – each of which adds flavour and flair to your portfolio and graduate skill set.

Assessment methods

BSc (Hons) Computing is almost entirely coursework-assessed. You’ll deliver a varied and balanced collection of artefacts including prototype software, experiment collections, interfaces, interactive experiences, and design portfolios. Project work is supported by contextual essays, reflective commentaries, reports, tests, pitches and presentations.

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath School of Design

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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.

82%
med
Applied computing

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Others in computing

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
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

67%
Library resources
62%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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