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Computer Science (HND top-up)

Entry requirements


Tutor Decision Only

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English 4/C Maths 4/C

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Computer science

Computer and information security

Software engineering

Information technology

Artificial intelligence

With the BSc Computer Science top-up degree you will join the final year of the BSc Modular Programme in Computer Science. You will develop your general transferable skills and broaden and deepen your theoretical knowledge to the level of an Honours degree.
Year 1 – With both courses you study six taught modules of 15 credits each and a project of 30 credits. In the first semester (half year), you take core module and three others from a wide range depending on your interests and background.
In the second semester you continue with two of these taught modules along with your project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
The project can be chosen from a wide range of topics to suit your particular interests.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Hertfordshire

Department:

Computer Science

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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.

77%
high
Computer science
65%
med
Computer and information security
65%
med
Software engineering
67%
med
Information technology
65%
low
Artificial intelligence

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

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

73%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
68%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

64%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
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
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

Information technology

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

65%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

Artificial intelligence

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
68%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

64%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
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
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
20%
Information technology technicians
7%
Engineering 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.

Computing

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
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
19%
Information technology technicians
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
19%
Information technology technicians
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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.

£23k

£23k

£32k

£32k

£36k

£36k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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