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University of Leicester

Computer Science (with a year abroad)

UCAS Code: G401

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

2 AS Levels accepted in place of 1 A-Level, must be alongside 2 further A-Levels.

Access course must be in IT, Science or Engineering. Please contact [email protected] regarding eligibility of other Access subjects. Obtain a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. Please note an IT based Maths test will be required.

Accepted in combination with other qualifications.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths Grade 5/B required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Minimum of 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies, or 4 in HL Maths, required if grade 5/B not held at GCSE.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Must include Maths OR Ordinary Level 4 in Maths.

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

D*D*

Accepted in combination with other qualifications. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. Please contact [email protected] regarding eligibility of other BTEC subjects.

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

D*

Accepted in combination with other qualifications.

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

D*D*D*

BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. Please contact [email protected] regarding eligibility of other BTEC subjects. Please note an IT based Maths test will be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

ABB from two A-levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Computer science

Computer science is more than just knowing how to program. It’s about studying the core foundations of computing, managing real-world projects and preparing yourself to enter a field that’s constantly shaping the future.

Do you enjoy programming, or convinced you would? Do you want to know how to talk to customers and clients, understand their needs, and be able to specify, design, build and test the software they need? How to work by yourself and also in teams? And do you want to know more about the scientific and theoretical foundations of the subject? If you want to do all these things, and also learn about the principles of coding, underpinning mathematics, mathematical models of computation, operating systems and networks, and professional skills, Leicester’s Computer Science programme is for you!

Programming is fun! You no doubt have a phone, laptop, tablet and so on; your car may have a navigation system, park itself, and have surround-space scanners; and you may be able to control your heating from a mobile. All of these cool devices work using program code. At the heart of coding such systems are state-of-the-art technologies including Android, C++, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Prolog and R, and programme development environments such as Eclipse. At Leicester you will be taught to program in a selection of these languages, and have opportunities to learn others in project work. Programming will not only include mobile and web applications and technologies, but also new styles of programming such as functional and logic-based languages.

The course covers the methods for developing software, following rigorous engineering practices. You will learn how to plan and manage software architectures for practical large-scale development projects, while adopting an academic and rigorous approach which will support you throughout your career. We cover: how to understand customer requirements; specify, design and code a solution; and test and release your solution to your customer. You will learn about mathematical models of computation such as automata and register machines, and formal language theory.

Modules in computer architecture, operating systems and networking cover essential knowledge of modern computing systems (mobile computers to world-distributed computation). And, of course, we cover databases and information systems. In optional modules you can learn about a range of advanced topics including user interfaces, web technologies, mobile applications, security, distributed systems and applications, and concurrency theory.

Project work is highly desired by employers. In your second year group project you will learn the demands of working in a professional environment as you endeavour to deliver software that is often commissioned by a real client. In your final year, you undertake an individual problem-based project, exercising your creativity and innovation to design and implement a software solution to the problem; you can also apply the scientific principles you learnt. Previous projects have included 3-D games, mobile phone/tablet apps, security software, internet telephony, programming robots, a sheet music editor, theorem provers, processor emulators, and more.

What's the difference?
Interested in a career in IT but not necessarily in the theoretical and scientific aspects? Try the BSc in Software Engineering. You will become familiar with common programming languages, and understand how computer systems help in analysing, managing, processing and communicating information, including large organisations.

Intrigued by computational phenomena, like why and how programming languages actually work? Want to know more about the processes and techniques through which new software systems can be built? The BSc in Computer Science (this course) is the course for you. Or, if you want to start your career at a higher level, or study for a PhD, try the MComp which is the BSc with an extra year on the end.

Modules

For further details, see the full programme summary on our website by clicking on the ‘view course details’ link towards the top of this page. From there you can access specific module information on the ‘Study with us’ pages.

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Informatics

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.

74%
med
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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

89%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
97%
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?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

74%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
4%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

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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