Computer Science BSc (Hons)
BSc with Foundation: I101
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4-6 years
Fees UK 23/24:
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
Fees International 23/24:
Full Time: £14,750
Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
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Computer Science BSc (Hons) enables students to acquire a range of theoretical principles. This is done through engaging with concepts and theories, developing practical skills across the broad range of fields within the subject, and applying these in the creation of tools and systems to solve real world problems.
Our course is carefully designed to strike an all-around balance among key aspects of computer science. The course covers essential theories in the field with an emphasis on practical skills for implementation of a variety of applications. We are very confident that our graduates will be equipped with all the key skills needed for their future career in the computing industry.
- Coverage of fundamental principles of computer science with plenty of practical applications.
- A state-of-the-art computer lab for teaching and learning.
- Progression courses available.
- Student Support Initiative.
- Students will have the opportunity to attend seminars/workshops/conferences with guest speakers and presenters from the local, national and international industry.
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions).
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
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During your studies, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and conferences with guest speakers and presenters from the local, national and international industries. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet and work with colleagues from different year groups but also with professionals with several years experience in the industry.
Our Computer Science BSc (Hons) degree gives you the opportunity to explore different ideas and develop innovative solutions to current issues in the computing industry. This three-year Computer Science degree will give you an insight into the computing industry, investigating the wide-reaching influences that computers and computing technology have on the world. Studying this course will also contribute towards helping you find your ideal path for a career in Computing.
During the first year of this computer science degree, you will study common computer science modules such as Computer Systems, Software Engineering Fundamentals, Mathematics for Computer Science, Web Development, Problem Solving & Programming. These will help you build a foundation for more advanced topics in subsequent years.
In the second year, you will continue your journey with the core computer science modules such as Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Object-oriented programming, Web development, Relational Databases, etc. There will also be a group project where you will be a part of a small team to design and implement a solution of decent quality for a given task. This will help you develop not only technical skills but also key soft skills such as teamwork, effective communication, leadership, etc.
In the final year of this computer science degree, you will further enhance your Computer Science knowledge/skills by doing high-level modules such as Advanced AI and Applications, Modern Databases, Cyber Security and Applied Cryptography, and Media Technology. You are also expected to complete an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Computer Science (with some guidance from an assigned supervisor). This benchmarking module will allow you to showcase your overall knowledge/skills learnt from the course.
A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
2023/24 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £14,750
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2023 entry.
2022/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- International – Full Time: £14,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2022 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time Computer Science degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study, you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
Senior Lecturer - Computing
Dr. James Xue studied BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems from the University of Nottingham and obtained a First Class Honours degree in 2004. He then studied MSc and Ph.D. both in Computer Science at the University of Warwick in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Xue worked as Postdoc Researcher and Software Developer for University of Warwick and Cardiff University before joining the University of Northampton as a lecturer in 2010.
Careers and Employability
Students on this programme will benefit from our excellent links to the computing industry (e.g., Barclaycard, GE) and other organisations such as BCS, IEEE, CISCO Network Academy and more. Upon successful completion of the Computer Science BSc, we are confident that students will find a graduate level job; if this is not the case, through our Northampton Employment Promise, we will help you secure a three–six month paid internship to get you started.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.