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Entry requirements

A level


to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Computing or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level.

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


in IT or a technical subject.

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About this course

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Full-time | 2022

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4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022


Applied computing

Study this Computing course at Coventry and you have the chance not only to learn core elements of computer science, but also to explore and apply what you learn, tackling contemporary issues such as ‘Big Data’ and big data analytics, while developing real products as you would in industry.

Our practical approach to the teaching of computing subjects combines activity-led learning, collaborative technical projects and simulation of real world problems.

Our course is constantly evolving to meet the advances of the vibrant field it represents. You’ll be taught by staff who are active in internationally-rated research in fields such as web development, pervasive computing, artificial intelligence, distributed systems and computing for the creative industries.

The curriculum has been designed to produce computing specialists with skills in areas such as systems analysis and design, programming, web development, databases, mobile application development and user centred design. Throughout your studies, we will encourage you to use state-of-the-art technologies to develop an industry-relevant personal portfolio of work.

By the time you graduate, you should be fully equipped to move on to your professional careers, continue your studies or move on to research.

**Key Course Benefits**

* Regular guest lectures from employers and researchers who specialise in different areas of computer science. In the past, these have included Npower, Vodafone and IBM.

* The Annual, free to attend New Wizards event provides students with the opportunity to present their work to other students, staff and employers. From the event, past students have gained work placements and permanent jobs.

* Optional modules allow you to tailor your degree in the final year to specialise in topics such as mobile application development, pervasive systems and open source software development.

* Support applying for short and long-term placements with a technology company to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel, Accenture, and IBM, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries. These opportunities may be subject to extra costs and competitive application.

* Free access to Microsoft software for study and development as part of the Microsoft Academy scheme.


Our main study themes are:

**Programming**: You will learn the underlying concepts, technologies and algorithms which enable you to apply programming techniques that are appropriate for the problem encountered. You will develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theories common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical users and clients.

**Computer Hardware and Networks**: We provide a broad overview of computer architecture, including the origin, structure and use of fundamental hardware components of a computer. We will explore practical and theoretical aspects of computer hardware and software, as well as fundamental concepts of networking and the internet, fundamental to modern computing. We integrate hardware, software and networking through a range of work in IoT (Internet of Things).

**Data Science**: One of the major contemporary developments in computing is big data and data analytics, which powers a whole range of applications including social networking, e-commerce, autonomous vehicles, and medical, financial and weather modelling. You will learn how data and information retrieval systems are designed, and study database concepts, theory and design. You will make practical use of database and information retrieval tools and techniques. You will learn a range of concepts related to the data science process, from data collection, to processing, analysis and visualisation.

**Web Development**: Modern computing depends on the internet. You will learn how to implement web architectures, from simple chat rooms to large-scale client-server applications which integrate data, data analytics, interface design and user experience work. You will learn technologies including HTML, css, and JavaScript, as well as a range of java and python-based web development frameworks. You will deploy technologies used to produce a range of standards based websites, incorporate multimedia content, implement database technologies for the web, and design and build a data-driven dynamic websites which utilises both server-side and client-side scripting language technologies and APIs.

**User Experience**: User Experience or UX is concerned with two things: how people feel when they use technology, and how rewarding user experiences can be designed at the interface (UXD). This theme will provide you with knowledge on how to create compelling interfaces and to evaluate them, working with real users.

**Security** Security is a crucial issue in computing. You will learn the concepts and practical considerations relevant to creating and evaluating secure computer systems. You will analyse systems at both the application level and at the level of interconnected devices in architectures such as client-server and cloud-based, with attention given to security-by-design, security legislation and regulation and the associated products and services.

**Software Design and Development** You will learn how to design and implement software from the simple to the more complex. You will study the process of software development including techniques such as Agile Development, learning how to scope, plan, evaluate and implement software within given timeframes. You will learn how to test software, and to ensure quality and standards.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

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