Computer Science (with foundation year) BSc

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Computer Science (with foundation year) BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Plymouth University offers a BSc in Computer Science that incorporates a Foundation Year. This makes a complete BSc program accessible to many who might not normally have the required UCAS Tariff points to enter it. Others find this program particularly useful if they have been out of education for some time, working in computer science or any other field.

    No matter what pathway brought you to this program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a wide range of ‘core’ CS skills, form coding and programing to web development. You’ll also pick up truly advanced techniques and applications like business analytics and software development.

    After completing the foundation year, you can continue on to the full BSc (Hons) in Computer Science or transfer to one of Plymouth’s parallel programs – the BSc (Hons) in Computing, the BSc (Hons) in Computer and Information Security or the BSc (Hons) in Computing and Games Development.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over three years at full time.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Algorithms, Data Structures and Mathematics
    • Computer Systems
    • Cybersecurity and Networks
    • Databases: Analysis, Design and Development
    • Programme Introduction and Web Development
    • Software Engineering
    • Stage 1 Computing Placement Preparation

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Computation Theory and Artificial Intelligence
    • Computer Science Integrating Project
    • Database Applications Development
    • Embedded Programming and the Internet of Things
    • Object-oriented Software Engineering with Design Patterns
    • Stage 2 Computing Placement Preparation
    • User-Centred Interface Design

    Placement Year (optional):

    You are strongly advised to consider spending a year in paid placement learning computer science, programming and development techniques from practicing experts in any of a wide range of industries.

    • Computing Related Placement

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Advanced Databases and Data Management
    • Brain-inspired Cognitive Systems
    • Client-side Web Scripting
    • Computing Project
    • Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation
    • Distributed Systems
    • Industry Engagement
    • Machine Learning
    • Machine Vision and Behavioural Computing
    • Parallel Computation and Distributed Systems
    • Software Project Management
    • Work-based Learning

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Plymouth’s BSc in Computer Science will give you a wide range of practical, professional skills. You’ll learn the mathematics and data theory that you’ll need to make the most of the course, but you’ll also practice applying those theories. You’ll work on practical, deliverable projects, and will have opportunities to work alongside experts in a wide range of industries which rely on computer scientists to solve real world business problems.

    Career Possibilities

    Your curriculum will include a great many employability skills sessions. You’ll also have access to a range of employability workshops which can make you much more attractive to potential employers. You’ll improve your employability by working directly with business clients and by completing the (optional) paid work placement. You should select your placement host carefully, as this can heavily influence your career pathway. Many students are asked to return to their placement hosts as full time employees after graduation. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 32 UCAS Tariff points or the international equivalent. The full list of accepted qualifications can be found here.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test such as the IELTS.

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