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COMPUTER SCIENCE BSC (HONS)

UCAS Code: I101|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Computer Science is all about new ideas, new opportunities and fresh thinking. There is no other discipline that can be applied to so many different areas and have such a profound impact on all aspects of society. The dynamism of this exciting subject is reflected in this degree through the study of a range of topics including networks, robotics, internet, and mobile and cutting-edge technologies such as Virtual Reality.

Study this degree with us and you will acquire practical skills that are highly sought after by industry, such as programming in C, C++, Java, Lua, Python, C# and ARM assembly languages. Computer Science has a wide-reaching social impact, posing many ethical questions, and these issues are examined at various points during the three years of study.

Whilst Computer Science is intellectually challenging, the staff in the department will provide you with close academic support. All staff in the Department are research active and have a varied background in a diverse range of interests, and this enhances your experience by providing a rich curriculum with exposure to multiple approaches and areas of research. If you are enthusiastic, inventive and looking to shape the future, this degree is for you.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars which are smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you are studying Computer Science as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study you will have approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which reduces to approximately 11 hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Computer Science as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as working in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

During your degree, there are a variety of assessment types to ensure you are given a range of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the academic and professional components of the degree. These include written exams, portfolios of tasks and activities, and practical coursework. In your final year, there is also a dissertation or extended research project to complete.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.

YEAR ONE

Your first year of study will be a broad introduction to Computer Science with a focus on developing the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and practical skills that underpin Computer Science. In addition, the following fundamental computer science topics will be covered:

  • Computer Systems
  • Algorithm Design
  • Programming
  • Computational methods

You will use various programming environments to create programs, applications and also controlled electronic devices to develop the principles of computational thinking along with the study of computer systems, from digital logic and electronics through C programming, up to using a physics engine to create a computer game.

YEAR TWO

In your second year, you will develop a broader understanding and knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of Computer Science, reflecting on more specialist areas within the discipline. Specific topics will be covered in greater depth with an emphasis on programming and applications development, and database technology. Other topics studied include:

  • Computer Networks 
  • Operating systems 
  • Website Development

YEAR THREE

Your final year will focus on your dissertation in an area of your choice, but you will also study topics such as software engineering, innovations in Computer Science, and computer security and communications. Other topics studied include:

  • Game technologies
  • Embedded systems
  • Parallel and high performance computing
  • Forensic computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Bio inspired computing
  • Graphics and modelling

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsABB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
BTECDDD-DMM
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

A degree in Computer Science will make you highly employable having developed practical skills as well as having studied the theoretical aspects of the subject. This degree will enable you to consider a range of careers such as software engineering, systems development and networking, as well as roles that involve the innovative application of computer technology to areas such as computer security or robotics.

Our recent graduates have found posts working as Technical and Systems Engineers, software analysts and software engineers in organisations such as Airbus, Barclays, Oracle and Microsoft.

Many of our graduates also go on to further study. There are opportunities to study taught Masters as well as Doctoral based qualifications at Liverpool Hope, working with staff on cutting-edge research projects.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As well as tuition fees, you need to consider additional costs such as books, hardware and software for your own personal computer/laptop, general computer consumables such as discs, USBs and printing, which will be approximately £500.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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  • 94.74% overall student satisfaction (NSS2017)
  • The opportunity to study key and emerging areas of Computer Science
  • Computer Science at Liverpool Hope is ranked 4th in the North West for Graduate Prospects

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