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Sheffield Hallam University

Computer Systems Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A031

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:0

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

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

MMP

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: •CDD at A Level. •MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Computer systems engineering

•Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
•Learn how to design, develop and test a range of integrated computer systems solutions and network infrastructure.
•Take a paid work placement with one of our industrial partners.

Develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce integrated computer systems solutions well suited to the constantly evolving needs of industry.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other engineering, maths and physics foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You develop knowledge and understanding of both engineering principles and practice, with a firm foundation of science and mathematics. This is applied specifically to the design of computer and network systems to meet real-world challenges.

In the foundation year, you’ll study the fundamental maths, science and engineering principles that you’ll need at undergraduate level, and apply them to a range of different topics. You’ll learn through many of the same techniques used on the degree course, and familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam and its facilities — ensuring that you’re ready to hit the ground running.

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Previous students have worked in businesses such as IBM, CISCO, Citrix, Barracuda networks, BT Exact, PlusNet and Proact. Typical placement roles include designing and building computer network infrastructure for clients, developing embedded networked solutions for consumer electronics and commissioning and support of computer systems and network infrastructure.

Live projects

To provide you with the skills you'll require when you graduate, you work on real-world projects - both individually and in a group - to design, develop and test computer system solutions suitable for the needs of industrial partners.

Modules

Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20.00
Module: Foundation Mathematics 1 Credits: 20.00
Module: Foundation Mathematics 2 Credits: 20.00
Module: Fundamental Engineering Principles Credits: 20.00
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20.00


Module: Engineering Investigations Credits: 20.00
Module: Mathematical Investigations Credits: 20.00
Module: Electronics Credits: 20.00
Module: Fundamentals Of Communication And Network Engineering Credits: 20.00
Module: Introduction To Computer Systems Credits: 20.00
Module: Introduction To Programming Credits: 20.00
Module: Mathematics For Networks Credits: 20.00
Module: Project 1 Credits: 20.00
Module: Computer Networks Credits: 20.00
Module: Computer Systems Engineering Credits: 20.00
Module: Embedded Systems Design Credits: 20.00
Module: Object Oriented Programming For Engineers Credits: 20.00
Module: Project 2 Credits: 20.00
Module: Wireless Lans Credits: 20.00
Module: Advanced Network Engineering Credits: 20.00
Module: Architectures For The Internet Of Things Credits: 20.00
Module: Embedded Computer Networks Credits: 20.00
Module: Individual Project (Eec - Ceng Route) Credits: 40.00


Module: Network And Systems Security Credits: 20.00
Module: Neural Computing Credits: 20.00
Module: Telecommunications Technology Credits: 20.00

Assessment methods

Coursework, exams

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
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

76%
med
Computer systems engineering

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.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
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

86%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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.

Electrical and electronic engineering

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.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Engineering professionals
13%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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