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Computer Science

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:24,P:6

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

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

DDM

UCAS Tariff

120

We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the A-levels section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer science

A Computer Science degree that gives you a choice of pathways from year two: focus on Software Development or Networks and Security. You'll work on real and simulated projects so you can experience the challenges of delivering complicated technical solutions on time.

**KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE**

**WORKING WITH INDUSTRY**: In year two, you’ll work on a real problem set by an employer. You’ll also get the chance to take a year in industry as well as to study and work abroad for a semester, which will broaden your experience and boost your employment prospects.

**VIBRANT COMMUNITY**: You’ll join a friendly community including our enthusiastic Computing Society and research-active lecturers. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with research projects which our teaching team are working on.

**PRACTICAL SKILLS**: You will build vital transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication, digital skills, teamwork and networking.

**OPTIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR**: Gain valuable experience in industry by taking an optional placement year between years two and three.

**WHAT YOU’LL COVER:**
On the Software Development pathway we will help you become a skilled computer programmer, adept at developing software and fully aware of the tools and methodologies that underpin software. You will study applied computer science with a strong emphasis on practical programming skills using cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard laboratories. We'll explore core topics such as computer graphics, application development, systems programming, data mining and language design.

The Networks and Security pathway will help you develop these sought-after skills in designing, maintaining and securig wired and wireless networks.
You will develop the technical skills to specify and build the physical infrastructure, and the software development skills to make sure that solutions are robust and secure. We'll cover core topics such as network routing and switching, ethical hacking, security protocols, distributed networks, and wireless networks. You can also choose some optional modules around these.

**HOW YOU’LL LEARN:**
You will learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, and e-learning.

For the Software Development pathway there is a strong emphasis on practical programming skills and you will use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-quality labs. For the Networks and Security pathway, you'll work in our Network Development Suite with its full range of routers, switches, wireless and conventional equipment from manufacturers like CISCO, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear.

**YOUR CAREER:**
Whichever pathway you choose, you'll find that your advanced skills in software development or networks and security are in high demand.

The majority of computing jobs require software development abilities and experience. So whether you want to be a software engineer, project manager, technical architect or chief technology officer, the Software Development pathway will help you get there.

If you graduate from the Networks and Security pathway, you will be suited to roles that involve developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks, as well as jobs that involve the engineering side of network protocol development and research. Careers include Network Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Technician, Network Analyst and Network Engineer.

However, this degree will equip you with wide-ranging skills, which could lead on to many different careers in the computing field and beyond. For instance, your numerical and analytical skills will be very strong, and you should also be good at teamwork and project management.

**STUDY OPTIONS:**
This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.
This course is also available with a Placement Year option.

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
£14,045
per year
International
£14,045
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:

University of Derby

Department:

Department of Computing and Mathematics

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.

70%
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

83%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
25%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

70%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
18%
Information technology technicians
3%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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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