Computing BSc (Hons)
What makes Computing at Worcester special?
When you study computing, you’re in demand and have brilliant career prospects. At Worcester, we teach the skills employers want – and you can develop them in a range of computing areas, tailoring your choice of modules to suit your interests and ambitions. Anything from web design, programming and information systems to games development, drone technology and e-business.
You can also work on live client projects through our Media Lab software consultancy, develop your leadership and management skills, and even start up your own business through our Business School’s Incubator. We also offer placement opportunities with companies such as Bosch, IBM and Clearview, and you can present your final year project to industry representatives at our annual Computing Showcase.
- Friendly, sociable team of students and lecturers – for example, the Gaming Society runs regular gaming sessions on campus and arranges field trips to games events
- The first drone module in a UK university, where you can learn to be a drone pilot, and understand how to use drones in industry
- Media Lab, where businesses request project work (such as designing a web page, a mobile app or a game) and students apply to work on it, and get paid while gaining real-world experience under the guidance of a lecturer
- Course designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards, and taught by experienced computing professionals
- 24/7 access to excellent IT facilities, including dedicated PC and Mac labs featuring industry-standard software
I have really enjoyed doing my degree and learnt a huge amount with great support from the lecturers.
Derek Knaggs, BSc Computing graduate.
Our Computing Masterclass gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Computing taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this enquiry form.
Upcoming taster days:
Monday 18th June 2018, 10am-2pm
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
96 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics
Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
The course overall is really, really good. The resources available are continually being updated with the latest trends
Sean Preston, Graduate
Nick’s placement-to-job story
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
All Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of curriculum recommendations and aims developed by three professional bodies: BCS, (British Computing Society) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM (Association of Computing Machinery).
You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications. Most of the computing seminars take place in state-of-the-art PC labs using a variety of software specific to each module. The course integrates theory and practice in several areas of computing in order to obtain an appreciation of a range of applications and their impact on users.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place several times a semester during your time at university.
You have an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement with local or national firms in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.
You can also choose to study abroad in semester 2 of year 2 at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe.
In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study: see below.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.
The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment and feedback strategy has been designed so that:
- all modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark;
- typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments;
- across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles;
- there may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. applied artefacts are more common in web and programming modules because of the specific nature of the content, while security modules may involve a combination of reports and presentations;
- supervisors for your computing project in your final year will provide individual assistance and help in choosing a specific project (applied or research-based) that fits your career and academic interests;
- we develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.
Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.
Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.
My work placement gave me the opportunity to work on many projects that are currently live and being used by thousands of customers daily.
Ben Mallinson, Graduate
Students get first-hand experience working at a communications agency
Staff at drp, an agency based in Hartlebury, hosted an interactive day for advanced web development students at the University of Worcester.
A group of 50 students were given an introduction to the business, before touring its complex and hearing talks from five members of the digital team.
Meet the team
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.
The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Dr Joanne Kuzma
Joanne has 20 years of global industry and consulting experience in Information Systems, Web design, e-commerce, programming and computer security. She has taught Information Systems at several universities in the US as well her current position at University of Worcester.
Oran is an award winning lecturer. With a decade of teaching experience focused on programming and game design he has taught students who have gone on to be freelance level designers, game programmers and even entrepreneurs in game development. He has formed academic agreements with some of the biggest game companies in the world and worked along-side industry experts throughout his career.
Dr Chris Bowers
Chris has 11 years experience of teaching and scholarship in the area of Intelligent Interactive Systems. With a particular focus on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems, Chris has worked on a number of successful international projects across the engineering, media, culture and heritage sectors.
Where could it take you?
At Worcester we do a huge amount to prepare you for the world of work, including:
- ensuring the course is designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards, and taught by experienced computing professionals
- giving you the option of a paid placement year
- offering you the opportunity to learn via live work-based projects, allowing you to earn as you learn
- building in employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres, and meetings with employers
All this means our employability stats are pretty impressive.
Our graduates go on to a huge range of careers in the computing and technology sector, with companies such as Bosch, IBM and Clearview.
Joel Stanford – now in dream web-developer job
Joel’s BSc (Hons) Computing degree at the University of Worcester led to a flurry of job offers and a dream job as a web developer.
Joel tells us how his degree helped him along the way.
“The course at the University of Worcester gave me the knowledge, skills and experience to achieve my dream career of being a web developer. The course allowed me to pick modules that were both interesting and useful to me and my career goals, and taught me so much both in terms of skills and knowledge to equip me with everything I needed to be successful in my future career.
"The university also opened up local opportunities for me to gain real world experience both inside and outside the university, which resulted in me having multiple offers of employment upon graduation and securing the perfect job for me. Studying at the University of Worcester was one of the best decisions I ever made, both for me, my career and my future, and without it I wouldn't have made it where I am today"
Gino Cubeddu work-placement at IBM
Gino was delighted to obtain a full-year work-placement offer from IBM.
Prior to coming to Worcester, Gino completed a BTEC in Information Technology. Since studying for his BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Worcester, Gino’s academic achievements have been top-notch, becoming one of the University Academic Award winners for Computing in October 2016. According to his lecturer in web design and development “Gino’s development of the CSS and HTML has gone beyond the limits of the tasks taught; he has been able to offer a much- extended interpretation”.
Gino’s high scores and excellent interview really impressed IBM, where he will be trained to usePython - a high-tech language that will be new to Gino and add to his skillset and future employability.
Gino came to university with no knowledge of object-oriented programming knowledge or concepts. He feels the excellent teaching and experiences in multiple modules has helped him go above his expectations in achieving a prestigious Computing placement.
Computing Showcase Highlights
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
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Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
24/7 access to computers is provided at the University and software is made available at either no additional cost or minimal cost, e.g. Microsoft Office is £13. Students may also want to purchase a new PC/laptop or upgrade existing equipment for their own usage.
If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.
There are also optional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
Steve Borwell-Fox, of Borwell Secure Software Experts, talking about the Computing Showcase.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Computing BSc (Hons) (Single Honours) G400
Computing (Placement Year) 4 Yr: I100
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
G400 or I100