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Is your interest in information systems or software product development? What about software engineering or data structures? On our Computer Science degree you can take your first step into computer science. Through your learning, studies and development you build everything you need for a successful career in any area of computing.
You will solve difficult problems. And you will sharpen your technical skills. We believe that learning goes beyond the classroom. Our award-winning Formula Student autonomous team, one of the UK’s finest, provides students with the opportunity to learn through a fun, educational competition. Student-led societies – such as Computing, Gaming and Women in Computing – are a great place to learn and make friends.
We are a community that values teamwork. We enjoy seeing our students thrive and we love inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Our innovation hub, the IceCube, is supported by the Royal Society. It provides a space for students to grow their ideas.
Whatever your aims are, we will help you to reach them.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
The degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT.
Brand new facilities
All Computing courses are moving from Wheatley Campus to brand new, custom designed buildings at our main Headington site. These buildings are expected to open in September 2024, but as with any large-scale building project those timescales could change. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including a VR cave, digital, computing and robotics labs, as well as social learning spaces, teaching rooms and cafe space.
Learn from the start
There is no requirement for you to have previous technical experience or particular qualifications to study this course.
Optional placement year
On your placement you’ll progress your industry skills and your academic ability. Recent student placements include IBM, Microsoft and PepsiCo.
Like minded community
Join the Brookes Computing Society, where you can take part in programming workshops, competitions, conferences, socials and a host of other computing activities.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
In your first year, you will focus on developing core computer science skills. Expect to be introduced to new concepts in computer programming, mathematics, and project management. These will give you the grounding you need to be successful on the rest of the course.
Your training in computer programming will go deeper in the second year. You will start to explore the foundations of software development and our researchers will teach you about security both as a programmer and a developer.
We encourage you to make the most of our links with industry. The optional work placement will help sharpen your skills. It will also create more attractive employment prospects for you.
Our academics will introduce you to the latest developments in the world of computing and cybersecurity through their research. In your third year, you will be supported with your chosen final project, which is a great opportunity to showcase your learning.
Learning and teaching
You will learn relevant theory and strong practical skills.
Our teaching methods include;
- practical sessions
- apprentice style learning (a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises).
All your modules will include continuous assessment. If they include written examinations, these are worth 30%, 50% or 70% of the module.
Oxford Brookes Computer Science graduates enjoy great success in the workplace. On average, computer science graduates earn £29,000 per year within 6 months of graduating, according to Unistats. You will be rewarded for your practical and technical skills.
Previous students have gone on to work in different industries, and for many different employers. Companies include:
- the NHS
- UK Atomic Energy Authority.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Transitional Year One in Chengdu, China
If you are based in China, you can complete the first year of your programme in Chengdu, before joining us in Oxford for Years 2 and 3. Please visit our Chinese website and the China country pages to explore options for in-country study or contact us on email@example.com to find out more.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.
|£30-700 per year
If you are considering bringing your own computer, most of the software we use is on Windows machines though there is some use of Linux. We do not use Apple MacOS and their use is not required but some students do choose to bring MacOS machines so a Mac can be a viable choice if you so wish.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.