Computing BSc (Hons)
3 years full time
4 years full time (with Foundation)
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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Our Computing degree gives you the opportunity to explore different ideas, developing innovate solutions of improvements to current issues in the computing industry. You’ll be given an insight into the computing industry, investigating the wide reaching influences that computers and computing technology have on the world, while making contributions to help find your place within the industry. This programmes covers the fundamental principles that are key to computing technology and its various uses.
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.
- Opportunity to specialize in one of the seven available pathways.
- Progression courses available.
- Emphasis on practical learning.
- Student Support Initiative.
- Optional placement year
- HP Laptop and software included with this course.* (*Terms and Conditions apply)
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
Computing BSc (Hons) has a wide spectrum of areas; this course covers the core aspects of the discipline. Throughout your degree, you will learn core programming skills, software engineering methods, computer systems and communication, relational database (and other systems) design and implementation, web programming and mobile computing with multiple users and multiple platforms in mind. You will also study the background theories as well as practical skills of media technologies, cyber security and cryptography, NoSQL databases (including Neo4j, MongoDB, etc), neural networks and evolutionary algorithms on the development of artificial intelligence systems.
In your first year, you will share common modules with all computing students. In year two and three, you will have the flexibility and choice to focus on a specialism. You can also continue a multidisciplinary approach or a placement year which will give you more flexibility for future career prospects.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Computer Communications (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1017Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer communication. Modern computer network not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of network devices. The module gives: an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer communication; appropriate practical skills related to computer networking; a comprehensive and broad understanding of the theory of computer networking.
Web Development (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1019Status: CompulsoryThe module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Databases 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Operating Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2002Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is designed to give an understanding of the theory application structure and design principles of operating systems. This module requires a significant practical element delivered as formal laboratory sessions.
Group Project (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2027Status: CompulsoryThe module is designed to develop higher order intellectual skills (problem solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective robust and high quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements. Each student's contribution to the team effort will be the subject of peer assessment moderation.
Web Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2028Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to: give students and understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teache students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with added security functionality and usability; design software focusing on the processing of information on the web server; develop real server side applications.
Systems Design and Development (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2030Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: extend and apply system design and development to large scale systems; explore building GUIs and exploit the resources offered by class libraries so that the idea of specifying general software components and implementing re-usable classes will become familiar.; provide a tools and skills set which the student will require when s/he encounters larger design projects in later software development domains.
Databases 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2038Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It focuses on the key areas of extended-relational databases; user-defined types their practical creation application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence. Database programming (PL/SQL) is introduced. The module employs industry standard software to achieve the maximum economic saleability.
Mobile Application Development 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2061Status: CompulsoryThis module is designed to give an understanding of the technologies (hardware/software) and how these are utilised in a modern networks. This understanding is then use to develop the necessary skills to design and implement (programming) software to be deployed within modern networks.
- Operating Systems (20 Credits)
Media Technology (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3010Status: CompulsoryMedia Technology is an important aspect to Computer Science. This Media Technology module is designed to introduce the technology relevant to multi-media systems. This includes computer graphics text audio and video. Media manipulation techniques are studied. Media compression techniques are also investigated. In addition the module provides an insight into colour spaces and their relevance. The module develops a framework from which the student can develop multimedia systems in a third generation computer language.
Cybersecurity and Cryptography (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build upon concepts and skills introduced in the first and second year modules and address the issues of effective Cybersecurity. Recognizing the rapidly growing in importance of this area the module aims to provide the student with the necessary practical skills and theoretical understanding of the technologies used to secure communications and protect the privacy of users within an online environment.
Databases 3 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is: to study advanced database topics. It assumes that the students have studied the earlier database modules and have technical knowledge of the basic processing performed by a modern relational DBMS together with practical skills in designing metadata and appropriate software modules from modern client/server database platform.
Artificial Intelligence Techniques (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3025Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of: knowledge-based systems artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms. The underpinning concepts will be introduced followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in engineering or games applications.
Computing Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: CSY4010Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of the project module is to: provide the opportunity for the student to undertake research and self-management of a Computing related problem that permits the integration of the main areas of study in the student?s chosen pathway specialism. The module also permits the development of higher order intellectual skills a professional approach and appropriate personal qualities that are required for independent working in a research or development environment. It is considered important that the project should not merely be a direct application of existing knowledge but that it should also encompass at least in part the need to acquire and apply development techniques hitherto unknown to the student.
- Media Technology (20 Credits)
- A common first year giving students flexibility and time to choose a specialism
- Opportunity to specialize in one of the seven available pathways
- Acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
- Exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC.
- Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories.
- Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
- An emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
- A supportive approach to tuition with small classroom and laboratory sizes.
- Student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
- Computing Society – the largest Student Union’s Society
Is there an opportunity to go on a work placement?
Yes, an optional full year placement module is available for students who have successfully completed their stage 1 and 2 studies. This will give you the opportunity to individually source and gain a year‘s extra work-based learning experience in a science related placement, spent either in the UK or abroad.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem-solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Being able to analyse problems, design appropriate solutions that meet all the requirements and critically evaluate them are skills that are highly valued in the computing industry. You will develop your expertise using a combination of theoretical and highly practical approaches with assist of our learning platforms and technologies, enhance your statistical and analytical skills to review situations quickly, and develop sensible solutions within a given time frame.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a wide range of assessment methods such as assignment, practical lab tasks, technical report and essay writing, time-constraint test, and year-end examination. etc. Among all, assignment is the most adopted approach, which usually allows students plenty of time to research information and develop appropriate solution(s) to the assigned task(s). After each assessment, you will be given feedback in a timely fashion for continuous improvement throughout the course.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. You 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
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.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, 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.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
We offer postgraduate courses in Computing which will help you to further your knowledge and expertise.
Our postgraduate courses give you the opportunity to choose a specialism which will improve your employability. You can specialise in internet and security, computer networks engineering, or software engineering.
Careers and Employability
Our Computing program will give you the skills and knowledge you require to work in the IT industry. Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Barclaycard and Network Rail. Graduates commonly work in the following job roles:
- Computer Systems
- Hardware Development
- Computer Networking
- Software Development
- Internet Technology