Why choose this course?
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Choose from a wide range of specialist modules, to suit your interests
Benefit from strong links to business and research
Flexibility – you may choose this course, which has an emphasis on mainstream computer science and software development, or change to another BSc in our programme
Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry
Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year. Previous students have worked placements at companies including Microsoft, IBM, and BT
You will join a lively academic community in the Department of Computer Science at Hertfordshire, one of the largest and most established in the country
You will be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree in addition to research, teaching, or professional experience
The School has an excellent research record and strong links with local and national business, in particular with employers
Recent graduates from Computer Science have gone on to work at amazing organisations including Sega Europe, Canon UK, and EE
Computer Science saw 90% of its research ranked as world-leading. (Research Excellence Framework, 2022).
Hatfield, United Kingdom
What's the course about?
This course is ideal if you have an interest in technology and software development and how they can be applied to benefit individuals and organisations.
Core topics include foundations of computation, programming, multimedia, networks, databases, operating systems, software engineering and professional issues. In addition, you’ll choose from a wide range of specialist modules to tailor your degree to your interests. As well as gaining an understanding of the wider context in which systems operate, you’ll develop your communication and team-working skills. Thanks to the nature of this degree, you’ll develop the broad skills many employers are looking for while keeping your career options open.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.
The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 10, Linux, and/or virtual machines and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe and others. There are specialist labs for cybersecurity, networking and robotics.
In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), open 24x7, with over 1,200 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus, and open access to our labs.
Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities. StudyNet allows you to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world!
What you will learn
You will be taught the fundamental principles of the subject, which will be illustrated with current real-world technologies and applications wherever possible.
You will be taught the foundations of Computer Science, including a problem solving approach to programming, modelling and representing data, computer design, networks, operating systems and devices.
You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills. You will study contemporary issues in the social, professional, ethical and legal aspects of computing. Modules also cover software development, databases, algorithms and data structures, operating systems and networks. The Second Year gives you the opportunity to choose two additional modules.
Work placement/study abroad year
You may choose to undertake a paid work placement or study abroad at one of our worldwide partner universities.
There are core modules on computer security, project planning, the user experience and concurrency, plus two modules of your choice. You will also undertake an individual project, typically an extensive piece of practical and written work.
Access Course Tariff
BBC - BBB
DMM - DDM
Overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3
112-120 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above
GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
£9250 for the 2022/2023 academic year
£14000 for the 2022/2023 academic year
£14000 for the 2022/2023 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
There are careers opportunities in many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government. Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees.
Recent graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, project managers, software engineers and IT consultants, or have gone on to postgraduate study. Graduates have landed jobs at companies such as FDM, Deutsche Bank, Oracle, Ford and many other world-class organisations.