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Computer Science

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

G403

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 3 years or 4 years if work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the British Computer Society (Full CITP, partial CEng)

UCAS Tariff Points

112

  • The British Computer Society

Overview


Our Computer Science course develops you into a skilled computer scientist. You will gain a strong knowledge of theory and technologies.

Our research groups have high international reputations and close contacts with major companies. Our teaching staff are active researchers and their research directly informs your learning.

We have modern, state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories, computer facilities and media studios. You will study;

  • programming tools
  • information systems
  • networking
  • multimedia
  • mathematics
  • the theory of computation
  • security
  • requirements specification
  • software design
  • professional issues
  • risk. 

You also have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry on a paid placement. When you graduate you will have a sought after qualification and a range of career options such as;

  • software development
  • computer applications
  • managing information. 
  • business
  • industry
  • research
  • education.
Computer Science

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: a science subject

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C minimum and English Language at grade 4/C minimum

If you don't know about Computing already our first year modules will quickly get you up to speed. Any previous experience you have might help you to get started more comfortably but even if you think you know a lot about computing already there will still be many new things for you to learn.

Having an A-level or BTEC Level 3 qualification in a computing-related subject will not exempt you from any taking any first-year modules, because we want to make sure that we give you a quality introduction to all of the relevant topics.

If you don't have the right qualifications to apply for a place on one of our degree courses, we may be able to consider you for our Computing Foundation course. This course, which lasts one year, is an excellent preparation for any of our computing degree courses.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The most likely extra costs in studying are computers, books and printing.

You are not required to have your own computer though many students choose to. We have computer rooms available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week so you should always be able to work if you don't have your own machine.

The library has an extensive electronic library so in many cases, you will be able to read coursebooks online without extra cost. You can of course buy physical copies of books instead if you so wish but many students do not.

Most submission of work for computing modules is electronic so there is little need for printing.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 you will develop core computer science skills. You will study;

  • computer programming
  • project management
  • the software development process
  • computer networks and multimedia content 
  • the mathematics specific to computer science.

In Year 2 you will;

  • continue to learn about computer programming 
  • study the early stages of software development
  • learn about security as a programmer and web developer. 

You will have weekly lectures by researchers and industrialists. They will share the latest developments in computing.

You will also have the chance to develop your programming skills in C/C++. And learn about databases and web technologies.

In Year 3 you will undertake a project of your choice and expand your skills in a specific area of computing. And you will develop your programming skills. We offer a range of optional modules in;

  • computer programming
  • computer game development
  • artificial intelligence
  • software development
  • computer networks
  • system administration
  • computing and business.
Computer Science

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Modern Computer Technology

Business Computing

Object Oriented Programming

Software Development Environments

Networking and Multimedia

Discrete Mathematics

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Foundations of Computation

Further Object Oriented Programming

Current Research

Requirements Specification and Software Design

Professional Issues and Computer Risks

Data Structures

Foundations of Security

At least one from Software Development in C and C++, Complex and Structured Data, and Web Technology

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

A supervised work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. You will be taught about how to apply for jobs effectively in a second year module and we have a placements office with dedicated staff to provide information and advice to help you secure a placement. A placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include IBM, Microsoft and PepsiCo. On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained invariably improves your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Advanced Object Oriented Programming Project

At least one from Advanced Web Technologies and Reasoning about Functional Programming

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn relevant theory and strong practical skills.

Our teaching methods include;

  • lectures
  • practical sessions
  • apprentice style learning (a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises). 

 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 25%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 75%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 22%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 78%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 17%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 83%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

All your modules will include continuous assessment. If they include written examinations, these are worth 30%, 50% or 70% of the module. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 21%
  • Coursework - 79%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 28%
  • Coursework - 72%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 28%
  • Coursework - 72%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


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.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our computing graduates enjoy great success in finding employment in business, industry, research and education. Career opportunities include all aspects of software development, computer applications in organisations, and managing information technology.

Computer Science graduates earn on average £29,000 per year within six months of graduating, which is above the average. Uni Stats

Jobs in computer science are highly varied, and range from developing interactive TV, to network security testing, to games development, to risk management, and much more. Some roles are highly technical, and involve programming, or computer systems design, or mathematical methods. Other roles have a greater focus on business objectives, strategy, communication, people management, or finance.

Information technology related jobs can be found in virtually every type of organisation, both those that develop computer software, such as Microsoft, and those that involve complex IT infrastructures, such as BP, the NHS, and telecommunications companies.

Whatever career interests you, the Computer Science course at Brookes is designed to provide you with the foundations you need for a lifetime, as well as the specialist study for your particular interests at the moment.

Graduates of our programmes have gone on to gain employment with companies such as VISA, Garner, Oxford University, NetSuite, John Lewis, Jaguar Landrover, Google Fibre, Boots the Chemist, Sophos, Cisco, BMW and BT.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Further study

World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study technology at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest.

Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. Our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they've learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers. And our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses.

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.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.