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Computer and Data Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Millennium Point Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Do you want to develop the skills needed to be a leading IT professional? Our BSc Computer and Data Science course will develop your skills in producing computer systems solutions. You will gain a sound mathematical and scientific understanding alongside developing the professional attitude needed in industry. While studying your Computer and Data Science degree with us, you’ll also have access to dedicated industry-standard facilities in a fully equipped lab running the latest software. Plus, we’re home to a Cisco Systems and a Microsoft Academy Centre, so you can rest assured knowing our university course will prepare you for a successful career in the industry. About the Foundation Year The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate. You will study the fundamental concepts of computer science in your first year, including computer programming, user interface design, information systems, computer networks and computer architecture. In your second year, you will consolidate your learning by studying advanced subjects that emphasise software engineering skills. You will also be introduced to topics such as systems fundamentals, data structures and algorithms, discrete mathematics, and web application development. In your final year, you will broaden your understanding of computer science by studying specialised subjects like artificial intelligence, cyber security and wearable computing. In addition, you will complete an individual project in order to demonstrate your technical skills and general employability in preparation for career progression. The individual project simulates typical graduate workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific area of computer science. This will include consideration of wider issues and the ability to manage activities and resources, and to generate, implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives. During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to take a sandwich placement year between your second and third year. This is something we recommend highly, as it will give you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by many employers. It will also boost your CV. Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our expert teaching staff, all of whom have a wide range of research and industrial experience in areas such as computer security and software engineering, which they use to enhance the curriculum. What's covered in the course? We will help you to develop a good balance between in-depth academic knowledge and technical and practical expertise, equipping you with a range of transferable skills, such as complex problem-solving, the ability to analyse in a careful and considered manner, and working as a team member. This course shares a common first year with the Computer Science programme, covering fundamental concepts, such as algorithms and data structures, as well as nurturing your creativity. The Data Science element of the course focuses on the technical aspects of data science as well as developing a wider appreciation of how these principles can be applied elsewhere. You will explore areas including data acquisition, integration, storage, analysis and visualisation of data.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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80 UCAS pointsA maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    81st out of 110 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    132 55%

    50th

    22
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69 69%

    89th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    35th

    43

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